PSC Programs

MIT Public Service Center programs and events represent a variety of campus-community partnerships that are all led by students with the support of MIT PSC staff.

Find a one-time gig.

If you’re looking for an opportunity that doesn’t require a long-term commitment, and you’re free during specific times of the year, check these out.

CityDays is a one-day community service event that takes place during Freshman Orientation.

Giving Tree is a holiday gift drive that provides about 600 needy local children with gifts from over 500 MIT community members.

Student Science Showcase (formerly Science Expo) is a spring-time opportunity for students to volunteer as science advisers for over 300 Cambridge middle school students participating in this non-competitive science fair.

Develop a habit.

For those of you who consider investing in your community a priority, we offer ongoing service opportunities as well.

Four Weeks for America Challenge is an exciting opportunity for MIT students to gain first hand experience of what it’s like to Teach for America. The MIT Public Service Center and Teach For America team up during IAP to offer MIT students an exciting challenge. Students work with current Teach For America teachers and help them develop more innovative and exciting ways to teach science and math or work with a school district on data analysis or strategic planning.

Freshman Urban Program is a freshman pre-orientation program that introduces students to MIT and the surrounding community through service activities and discussion of urban issues. Upperclassmen serve as FUP coordinators and counselors, planning and training for the program throughout the spring and summer, and leading FUP during the intensive five-day program.

The FSILG&D Community Service Challenge is a challenge to MIT students to rally around their fraternities, sororities, independent living groups, and dorms to participate in community service and compete for the Service Cup.

ReachOut: Help Teach a Child to Read is a literacy tutoring program that matches MIT students with children at a local after school center. Students tutor children twice a week, and may do so as a volunteer or as a paid position through the Community Service Work-Study program.

Create your own service program! If you have an idea for an innovative service program, come talk to us! We can help you get started, offer guidance, suggest resources, and work with you along the way. To meet with a staff member, email volunteering@mit.edu.