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Community Service Bulletin

February 12, 2014


Apply to be a FUP counselor! (apply by Feb. 17)

We need YOU to lead the 2014 Freshman Urban Program (FUP)! FUP is a pre-orientation program that will run from August 19-24 to introduce pre-freshmen to MIT and Boston/Cambridge through public service activities and discussion of urban issues. Counselors have an amazing opportunity to develop leadership skills, perform public service, mentor pre-freshman, and build strong friendships.

Apply today to be a counselor! http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/fup/index.html

Deadline: Monday, February 17th, 5pm. No prior FUP experience is required. All continuing freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply.

Apply today! Questions? Email fup-staff@mit.edu.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding/Employment Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Feb. 12-13: Global Poverty Initiative - Poverty Action Week events

Wednesday, 3-133, 7:00-8:30pm
[Global Health Panel] - a discussion on access to healthcare, sustainable initiatives, and healthcare economics around the world // featuring: MGH medical directors Dr. Thomas Burke, Dr. Mehul Mehta, Dr. Ryan Carroll, and Dr. Kristian Olson

Thursday, 4-149, 7:30-9pm
[Entrepreneurs without Borders] - a panel discussion on social entrepeneurship and how we can make innovations that benefit the under-served through social enterprises // featuring: John Tebes (moderator) Kyle Engelmann from Health Leads, Kevin Saunders from Accion, Eric Reynolds from the D-Lab Scale-ups, Daniel Heyman from Bureh


Feb. 13: IDEAS Global Challenge Spring Generator Dinner

Working on a project to help underserved communities? Need funding? Want to recruit new members for your IDEAS Global Challenge team? Want to get involved, but don't yet have an idea? 

Then join us for the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Spring Generator Dinner, taking place from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb 13, in La Sala de Puerto Rico (W20-202).

Come hear tips from past winners of the IDEAS Global Challenge and learn about current social impact projects that teams are getting started on. This is also the chance to pitch your idea and recruit teammates or pitch your skills to get hired onto a team. Teams that enter the competition have an opportunity to win up to $10,000 to launch their project.

Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/UPOCTN, where you can also sign-up for a 60-second pitch opportunity! 

The final opportunity to submit a Scope Statement and enter the 2014 competition is coming up on February 25th, so be sure to register on the IDEAS platform soon!

March 8: Science on Saturday: Chemistry

How do you make flubber? How many colors can the same liquid turn? Can you dissolve a Styrofoam cup? Come volunteer to help with our demonstrations on stage!

One show only: 10:00 am to 11:00 am, March 8, 2014. MIT Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139.


Science on Saturday is a free 60-minute presentation with lots of fun demonstrations in which students can volunteer. It is free and open to all elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers. No pre-registration is required, but seating is limited - first come, first seated. Parental/adult escort is required for all children under 12. Presented by MIT ClubChem.

Contact: Todd Rider, thor@mit.edu, 617-258-2185

Ongoing Opportunities

East End House looking for volunteers

East End House, 105 Spring Street Cambridge, MA 02141 
Monday through Friday, 2:00-6:00pm

School Age Program, or SAP, is a nationally-accredited afterschool enrichment program which provides a safe, fun, and enriching environment for children ages 5-12 between the hours of 2:00- 6:00 PM. East End House also offers a full-day program during the summer and most Cambridge Public School District days off. We believe that afterschool is an exciting and critical time in the lives of children- a time for trying new things, practicing skills, building friendships, and developing as independent, critical thinkers. Our daily schedule includes a healthy snack, homework help, STEM activities, physical education and games, and elective classes.

Contact: catharine@eastendhouse.org

Volunteer Tutor: MCAS Math Prep Program

Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00pm inside the Fletcher Maynard Academy (225 Windsor Street, Cambridge, MA 02139)

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge is looking for volunteer tutors for our MCAS Math Prep enrichment program! This programs runs on Mondays and Wednesdays in March and April from 5:30-7:00pm and is open to students in 4-5th grades. This program follows a set curriculum every week as we help our students prepare for the statewide MCAS exam in May.

Contact: Kathryn Fenneman, 617.349.6588 x422, fenneman@tutoringplus.org

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Apply to be a Coop Director (apply by Feb. 19)

Apply online at www.thecoop.com between January 29 and February 19, 2014, to be nominated as a candidate. There are usually 5-6 scheduled meetings per year and are generally on Thursdays at 3:30 at the Coop in Harvard Square. Attendance policy states that Directors must attend 3/4 of scheduled meetings to be eligible for the $1800 stipend.

Committee meetings are scheduled by the committee chair on an as needed basis. The current standing committees are: Executive, Audit, Finance, University Relations, Real Estate, Nominating and Governance, and Internet. A description of the standing committees is available. Directors are expected to serve on a minimum of 2 committees. Directors receive $100 for each committee attended.


  • Work with Coop president and other board members to formulate policy and develop strategic objectives and goals
  • Attend and actively participate in regular board meetings and other official functions
  • Serve on assigned committees
  • Maintain confidentiality of all Coop business
  • Review board information packets prior to meetings
  • Disclose possible conflicts of interest and refrain from votes on issues related to the conflict
  • Serve as voice to communicate the needs and concerns of Coop members
  • Attend board and standing committee meetings

Contact: Allan Powell, aepowell@thecoop.com, 617-499-2025

Volunteer in Otavalo, Ecuador (apply by March 15)

The Village Education Project Summer Volunteer Program is seeking motivated college students to teach in rural Ecuador this summer. Volunteers teach underprivileged students who cannot afford to pay for high school. Using a curriculum designed by Ecuadorian teachers and previous American volunteers, teachers are tasked with preparing their students for their upcoming school year. Ecuadorian students who excel in our Summer Program will receive a full academic scholarship from The Village Education Project.

Prior to the trip, each volunteer is required to fundraise $500, which will be used to fund these scholarships. The Village Education Project will offer guidance on how to find this funding. Volunteers in the past have used a variety of funding sources, including online fundraising accounts, college funding, and scholarships.

The Summer 2014 program lasts from June 15 to August 1, and applications are due by March 15. We have three arrival dates (June 15, 22, and 29) to accommodate any schedule conflicts that you might have. To find more information and the online application, please visit the Volunteer section of our website: http://www.villageeducation.org/?page_id=40. Applications are due by March 15, but admission is rolling.

We are also searching for a program coordinator, who will be in charge of the volunteers. It will be his or her responsibility to aid volunteers in curriculum construction, while also working with our coordinators in Ecuador. All of the director's expenses will be paid, including air fare, food, and housing. The director would need to be in Ecuador from June 12 to August 3. The application for program director can be found here: http://www.villageeducation.org/?page_id=520

If you have any questions, please email us at villageeducationvolunteer@gmail.com

Apply for a funded Public Service Fellowship or Internship for summer! (apply by March 20)

Deadline: Thursday, March 20, at noon
The Fellowships and Internships programs both support MIT students working on capacity-building service projects. Students work with community-focused organizations including non-profits and social enterprises. These can include a student's own social enterprise.

You can create your own project, continue work on an enterprise you already started, or find project ideas on our website.

We welcome a wide range of community service projects and support work in the US and abroad. 

Applications for Summer Fellowships and Internships projects must be submitted by noon on Thursday, March 20.

Find more information about both programs at bit.ly/fi_psc

Need help with the proposal process for the Fellowship and Internship Program?
Then attend a proposal-writing workshop! We will answer questions, provide helpful tips, and give a crash course on how on proposal writing! Plus, we can explain the fellowship and internship process and program in more detail! 

The Spring dates are: 
2/26 @ 1pm in W20-555
3/10 @ 2pm in W20-555
3/11 @ 3pm in W20-555

If you are interested in attending please email Elizabeth Parolski - parolski@mit.edu

Apply for a summer 2014 PKG Center Expedition Grant (apply by March 20)

The PKG Center is now accepting Expedition Grant applications for summer 2014! Since Expedition Grants are sponsored by the Underclassmen Giving Campaign, we are putting the final choices in the hands of underclassmen, who can vote for their favorite finalist during the Campaign!

Expedition Grants, open to all continuing MIT freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, enable students to serve someplace that they have never been before. The purpose of an Expedition Grant is to help you travel to an unfamiliar region to do work on a project of potential continuing interest. These grants are intended for service projects that are exploratory in nature, and we hope that this service work might even set the groundwork for future projects that have the prospect of sustainable benefit for the community.

Applications are due Wednesday, March 20, by 4 p.m. For more information, visit http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/grants/apply/expedapp.html.

Summer Fellowship Program in Tamale, Ghana (apply by March 21)

May 29 - June 19
For more information and to apply online visit: http://communitywatersolutions.org/fellowship-program

The Community Water Solutions Fellowship Program is a water education and leadership training experience in Northern Region Ghana. The purpose of the fellowship is to teach individuals about the global water crisis, and inspire them to become leaders in the field of international development.

Fellows are grouped in teams of four and paired with a rural community in Northern Region Ghana. Before traveling to Africa, each Fellow works to raise the $2,950 fellowship fee, which covers all of their in-country expenses, including the capital and monitoring cost of a new CWS water business. On the ground, teams are first trained in water quality testing, and the CWS water treatment methods. They then spend two weeks in the field implementing and monitoring a CWS water business in their village.

Since the start of the Fellowship Program in June 2010, CWS has hosted 198 students and young professionals in Ghana who have implemented 55 of our 60 water businesses, providing permanent sources of safe drinking water almost 35,000 people!

Contact: Kate Clopeck, kclopeck@communitywatersolutions.org

Amnesty International Organizing Internship

The Membership Mobilization Department focuses on cultivating and mobilizing grassroots activists around Amnesty International USA’s priority campaigns and issues areas. Organizing interns will work closely with Field Organizers to recruit and train new activists, build and support local and student groups, develop the capacity of AIUSA members to be effective human rights leaders, and educate the public on human rights issues.

Interns will learn about, and support Field Organizers with, strategic planning, outreach and recruitment, event planning, organizing rallies and protests, and promoting human rights work through media and social media. Administrative duties will include database maintenance, budget tracking, answering phones and replying to member inquiries. We strive to provide a variety of opportunities, including intern specific trainings and seminars, for both professional development and growth as a human rights activist.

Commitment: Applicants are expected to commit at least 15 hours a week for a minimum of 14 weeks. Full-time internships and longer commitments are preferred. Candidates can apply for any of the three sessions offered: Spring (Jan - May), Summer (May - Sept), Fall (Sept - Dec).

How to Apply: To apply for this internship, click https://careers.aiusa.org/vacancy/110/description/ to complete an application. Organizing internships are offered at all office locations - Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, DC, New York, and San Francisco. Indicate which office location and session you are applying for in your application.

Qualifications: We hold interns to professional standards and give preference to candidates who are not only passionate about human rights work but also take initiative and are open and willing to work hard on anything that is needed to support AIUSA’s mission. Experience organizing with Amnesty International or other organization is preferred but not required.

Additional criteria:

  • Commitment to and interest in human rights and social justice
  • Knowledge of AIUSA
  • Motivated and able to work independently
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Well organized and able to multitask efficiently
  • Great attitude and creativity
  • Experience with social media
  • Experience with activism, community organizing, and/or event planning preferred
  • Graphic design and video editing skills are a plus

The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center is not responsible for the quality or safety of outside service agencies, and does not screen volunteer placements or projects. The Community Service Opportunities bulletin is published once a week by the staff of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center. If you have questions, feel free to call us at 617-253-0742, or stop by 4-104.

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