Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center

Assist the leader in the field of patient safety with a milestone project

National Patient Safety Foundation


The National Patient Safety Foundation, an internationally recognized, Boston-based, independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has been pursuing one mission since its founding in 1997 – to improve the safety of care provided to patients. As a central voice for patient safety, NPSF is committed to a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach in all that it does.

The Challenge

The main need for this project is for students to help the Foundation to assess and identify business solutions for existing infrastructure, platforms, and databases that are instrumental to the growth and management of our membership, programs, and activities.

The opportunity is directly related to IT – we want to be sure our current IT infrastructure (the web-based platforms, databases, and management software, etc. we currently use daily to manage our programs and track our members) is ideal to support these programs and member needs well into the future. What should we be doing to use these applications/platforms to their full potential? Are there other platforms that might better suit our needs or our members’ needs? Are there reporting capabilities we’re not currently using? These are just some of the many questions we hope to work with the intern to address.

We would really like the student(s) to work with us to improve our IT infrastructure by reviewing our current systems, performing a needs analysis, and making recommendations. The student(s) will be working closely with NPSF management and staff, create a needs analysis, make platform recommendations, and develop an implementation/migration strategy and schedule.

Qualifications, Preferences, and Assets

We are looking for a graduate or undergraduate student with expertise in Information Technology and state-of-the-art business applications. Proficiency in Excel and familiarity with/experience using CRM, event management, and email marketing applications is preferred.

Time constraints

Immediate need. Involvement with project will likely be three months.


Jennifer Walker
Director, Administration
268 Summer St., 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02210

PKG Center Support

MIT students who develop projects around these ideas may apply for support from the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center's Fellowships and Internships programs. Please check the program descriptions and deadlines and talk to program staff to determine which is most appropriate for your needs and project.

If you want to volunteer or you have funding from outside the PKG Center that enables you to work on this project, that's great! However, please do let us know if you work on a project you saw advertised here, even if you don't use our funds. And remember, the PKG Center staff are happy to advise on service projects even if we are not funding them ourselves.

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