2020 Census - Get Prepared

Students Opportunity

Work with local government and/or regional planning councils to set the foundation for the 2020 Census.

Connect with LUCA Communities

Students are invited to experience firsthand the significant work that's undertaken once every 10 years to ensure our US Census is accurate and complete. This internship/independent study provides a unique professional opportunity to participate in meaningful work that has a direct impact on the quality of our nation's Census data.

Students will work with local government entities and/or regional planning councils to conduct the initial phase of the 2020 Census, which is the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA). Through LUCA, localities draw from multiple data sources to compile an accurate picture of the households and addresses within their communities. This information is then submitted to the Census Bureau and serves as the foundation for Census surveying that will occur in 2020.

Review the list below of localities that are participating in the LUCA and email your resume directly to localities of interest to you. For further information, contact Cate Bohn at the Council on Children and Families.



Contact Person Phone email

Capital District

Capital District Regional Planning Council




Capital District

Montgomery County Planning Department

Cate Bohn



Herkimer / Oneida 

Herkimer-Oneida Counties Comprehensive Planning Program 

Dale Miller 



Hudson Valley

Orange County Dept of Planning




Western NY

Genesee Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council

 Dave Zorn

 585.454.0190 X14


Duties & Responsibilities May Include:

  • Management of large data sets
  • Comparison of address information across data sets
  • Use of GIS to identify/verify addresses
  • Assist with the submission of updated address to the Census Bureau

Student Qualifications:

  • Well organized and efficient
  • Accuracy and eye for detail
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Flexible and willing to learn new skills and/or new software applications
  • Experience managing large databases
  • Familiarity with geocoding or ArcGIS mapping applications a plus (not necessary)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information
  • Fields of study aligned with work include: Demography, Geography, Computer Science, Sociology, Public Administration and Public Health