MIT Public Service Center

Guidelines for Paul and Priscilla Gray Internship supervisors:

Thank you for writing a letter of commitment for the Paul and Priscilla Gray Internship program at the MIT Public Service Center (PSC). Paul and Priscilla Gray Interns work to build capacity within community-service organizations locally, nationally, or internationally. Our focus is on long-term sustainable benefit to communities around the world.

If at all possible, please read a draft of the student’s Internship application before writing your letter. Otherwise, please discuss the project details with the student before committing to supporting the project.

Please provide the selection committee with a letter of commitment of no more than two pages. Be sure to include the following information (please indicate what would be the best way to reach you):

• Student’s name
• Name of the organization you represent
• Your position in the organization
• Organization phone number
• Personal phone number
• E-mail

Please outline the project idea and its usefulness to your organization. Describe how the student will fit into your organization and how you plan to work together with the student on this project. Indicate your commitment to supporting the student with project advice and useful local knowledge where appropriate.

We expect our Interns to work on projects that make good use of their particular skills and knowledge to create long-term, sustainable benefit for under-served communities. Please confirm that the student will have the opportunity to develop work of this sort while undertaking an internship with your organization.

We are also interested in knowing what skills the student may need to develop in order to make a success of the project given your knowledge of the work plan and the community you are both serving. All responses will be treated confidentially and used solely for the selection process.

Email your recommendation to psc-internships-staff@mit.edu by March 20. Please do not send a PDF attachment (Word document attachments or simple emails are fine). If you know that you will not be able to meet the deadline, please email psc-internships-staff@mit.edu and let us know when to expect your letter. However, it is in the student’s best interest for you to submit your letter of commitment on time. Please direct inquiries to:

Alison Hynd
Director for Programs & Fellowships Administrator
MIT Public Service Center, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 4-104, Cambridge, MA 02139
psc-internships-staff@mit.edu
p: 617.258.0691