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Community Service Bulletin

February 26, 2014


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

One-time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding, Employment & Longer-Term Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Feb. 26-27: dynaMIT information sessions

Wednesday, February 26, 7-8pm in Room 1-150
Thursday, February 27, 7:30-8:30pm in Room 1-134

dynaMIT hosts a FREE, week-long science program at MIT in August to show middle schoolers that science, technology, and engineering can be fun and exciting! The program happens on Aug 18-22 and we are beginning to recruit mentors now. To find out more about us attend one of our info sessions!

Contact: dynamit_er@mit.edu

Feb. 27: Info session - Volunteer with SWE at the USA Science and Engineering Festival!

Love inspiring kids about STEM? Want to be a part of the largest celebration of science and engineering in the country? Wish to travel to DC for free?

The MIT Society of Women Engineers is running a booth for the first time at the 3rd Annual USA Science & Engineering Festival on April 25-27, 2014 in Washington D.C.!

Over 250,000 students, teachers, professionals, and more will attend this 2-day festival for free STEM fun and discovery! Other participants include more than 750 of the World's leading professional scientific and engineering societies, universities, government agencies, high tech corporations and outreach and community organizations. Special science celebrity guests include Bill Nye, Mike Rowe, and "They Might Be Giants!".

We will be making squishy circuits and showcasing Makey Makey. We are looking for female volunteers to come to DC with us and help run the booth!

We are holding an info session on February 27th at 7:30 PM in 1-135. With food from Thelonious Monkfish where you can learn more about the festival, our booth and activity, and how you can get involved! Email swe-usasef@mit.edu if you are interested and can't make it or have any questions!

Feb. 28: Short-but-sweet late-night opportunity on campus (sign up by Feb. 27)

Work in teams to set up buzzer systems, tables, chairs, etc. for the 17th annual Blue Lobster Bowl ocean sciences high school competition to be held at MIT this coming weekend.

When: Friday, 2/28, begin at 11:15pm and end at approximately midnight
Where: MIT Buildings 56, 66 and 32

Sign up by this Thursday, 2/27, by emailing Lori@pmd.org with your cell phone# so that we can let you know where to meet on Friday.

Besides the gratitude of 120 students, 24 teachers, and 85 volunteers, volunteers will receive homemade chocolate-chip cookies.

People Making a Difference (PMD): Lori Tsuruda '89, Lori@pmd.org, 781-963-0373

March 13: Bruce School Family Pi Night (sign up by March 10)

March 13, 2014
5-7 pm
Alexander Bruce School
135 Butler St.
Lawrence, MA 01835

The Bruce School in Lawrence MA is hosting a Family Pi NIght to promote education and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). We are planning activities, presentations, demonstrations, exhibits, and a light meal with pie for dessert. We would love to have positive role models from MIT to inspire our students and discuss opportunities. The Bruce School educates students in grades 2-8. Our student population includes 93.2% Hispanic, 78.2% English Language Learners, and 86.9% low income.

Contact: Cynthia Bennett, cynthia.bennett@lawrence.k12.ma.us, 978-884-3336

March 14: Nominate students for the Priscilla King Gray Award for Public Service

New! Now for graduate and undergraduate students. Nominations are now open.
The graduate PKG Center Award is co-sponsored by the GSC and PKG Center; the undergraduate PKG Center Award is co-sponsored by the UA and PKG Center.


March 22: Complete Lego science kits for middle-school students across the US (sign up by March 15)

Saturday, March 22
9:30-12:30 and/or 1:30-4:30
MIT Bush Room (10-105)
This is a fast-paced project suited for volunteers who are attentive to detail.

Count/collate and package laminated worksheets, build plastic cases, and fill cases with pre-counted Lego representing atoms to complete 100+ Atoms & Molecules science sets for middle school students.

“Teachers often explain atoms as the building blocks of matter. LEGO bricks model this concept perfectly and are something kids know how to manipulate. It's an intuitive way for them to grasp the concept. Hands down, I prefer it over the ball and stick models for my classroom.”
--Ben Ligon, 6th Grade Science Teacher, Belmont, MA

Sign up yourself when you are sure that you can reliably participate for an entire, 3-hour shift at https://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd032214

While we cannot accept group reservations, individual members of MIT groups are welcome to sign up themselves (but not each other) to participate.

People Making a Difference (PMD): Lori Tsuruda '89, Lori@pmd.org, 781-963-0373


Ongoing Opportunities

Join the Underclassmen Giving Campaign Committee

Each year, MIT underclassmen joined together to raise money to support Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center Expedition Grants. Once again it is you, the students, who get to vote to decide which Expedition Grant projects will be funded by the UGC! Expedition Grants provide funding to send fellow students to places throughout the world to work on community based service projects.

The semester’s UGC week kicks off Monday, April 14, in Memorial Lobby, and we need your help on the committee to support these awesome projects. You will make a huge impact on your classmates with just 4-6 hours of your time for the entire semester!

If you’re interested in joining the UGC committee and helping other MIT students turn their ideas into reality, send an email to ugc@mit.edu.

Funding, Employment, and Longer-term Opportunities

MIT IDEAS Global Challenge hiring Undergraduate Worker

The IDEAS Global Challenge is an annual competition, run by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, that encourages MIT students to develop innovative solutions to community problems. It's a combination of social entrepreneurship, innovation, and service. (globalchallenge.mit.edu) This Undergraduate Worker will be an integral part of the team that makes the IDEAS Global Challenge possible!

10 hours/week, $10/hour

Duration: Spring semester, with the possibility of continuing into the summer and/or fall.

Description: Depending on student’s skills, this position may be responsible for: overseeing the volunteer crew that helps run events, making publicity happen, working with teams, assisting with website and social media management, completing research on competition resources, and/or other tasks as needed.

Qualifications: Must be a full-time undergraduate student at MIT, preferably not in his/her senior year. Ability to multitask; Detail oriented; Demonstrated writing skills and creativity.

Contact: Please send your resume and a letter of interest to Keely Swan at globalchallenge@mit.edu

MIT IDEAS Global Challenge hiring Graduate Assistant

The IDEAS Global Challenge is an annual competition, run by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, that encourages MIT students and their collaborators to develop innovative solutions to community problems. It's a combination of social entrepreneurship, innovation, and service. (globalchallenge.mit.edu) This Graduate Assistant will be an integral part of the team that makes the IDEAS Global Challenge possible!

18 hours/week, ~$13-14/hour (depending on experience)

Duration: Spring semester, preferably continuing into the summer and/or fall. We are seeking a Graduate Assistant to:

  • Run logistics for several events, large and small, which includes duties such as ordering food, reserving space, contacting A/V, publicizing widely throughout campus, organizing RSVPs and name tags, etc.
  • Help manage the multitude of details that make the competition a success, including developing communications, working with teams and volunteers.
  • Provide assistance with website and social media management
  • Complete research relevant for resource development for the IDEAS Global Challenge (e.g., fundraising, publicity strategies, partnerships, sponsorships, other competitions and innovation projects, etc.)
  • Other responsibilities as needed.


  • Must be enrolled in a graduate program within the Boston area
  • Ability to multitask
  • Detail oriented
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated writing skills and creativity
  • Experience running complex events and/or managing complex tasks
  • Familiarity and interest in growing MIT's entrepreneurial ecosystem is a plus

Contact: Please send your resume and a letter of interest to Keely Swan at globalchallenge@mit.edu

  • GSC-PKG Center Joint Service Fund (apply by March 2)

    The Graduate Student Council and the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center have partnered to create this fund out of a mutual recognition that graduate students, often consumed with academic and life responsibilities, may want support in engaging in public service and community outreach. The purpose of this fund is to encourage graduate students to innovate their own public service opportunities that fit their aims and requirements.

    We believe that MIT graduate students and communities in the Greater Boston region can offer remarkable benefits to each other.

    Learn more and apply at http://gsc.mit.edu/service by March 2.

    Challenge Detroit accepting applications (apply by March 9)

    Who we are:
    Challenge Detroit is a new model for attracting and retaining talent to reinvigorate a great American post-industrial city by intersecting living, working, playing, giving and leading with an opportunity for approximately 30 individuals of various intellects and backgrounds to come together in an effort with area companies, non-profits and cultural institutions. Through a wide-spread social movement, the narratives and experiences of these individuals aim to amplify Detroits potential and influence public perception about the present and future of the city and the surrounding region. Challenge Detroit engages in the community through team challenges, in partnership with area non-profits, designed to positively impact the city and region.

    Challenge Detroit will select approximately 30 innovative leaders from Detroit and across the United States to live, work, play, give and lead in Detroit for one year beginning in September 2014.

    Fellows will:

    • Engage in monthly team challenges, in partnership with area non-profits, designed to positively impact the city and region;
    • Work at one of the top companies in the region;
    • Receive a $36,000 annual salary plus benefits typical of host company;
    • Live in the City of Detroit;
    • Participate in a leadership development and mentorship program; and
    • Receive perks such as memberships to various organizations, discounts, event access, and more.

    Each Fellow will work at one of Challenge Detroit host companies for four days a week. Companies include major corporations such as Chrysler, smaller ventures such as Saroki Architecture, and nonprofits such as the United Way. Each company will employ a Challenge Detroit Fellow in an interesting and relevant job for one year. From marketing to healthcare, and IT to community development, Challenge Detroit has a job for every background.

    On the fifth day of the week, Fellows will work with area non-profits on initiatives designed to positively impact the city and region.


    • Applicants must have a Bachelors degree from an accredited institution, or be enrolled at an accredited institution and actively pursuing a Bachelors degree on at least a part-time enrollment basis with expected graduation by the time Challenge Detroit launches in September 2014.
    • Must be U.S. resident or legal resident alien.
    • Passionate, hard-working and inventive.

    If you want to be involved in one of the most exciting social movements in the history of Detroit, apply here: http://challengedetroit.org/application

    Summer 2014 Institute on Philanthropy and Volunteer Service (apply by March 18)

    How will you choose to spend your summer? Join the millions of volunteers, public servants and nonprofit professionals who heard the call to serve in the nation’s capital.

    The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service offers you a chance to put your talents towards affecting change. Spend your summer in service while getting a hands-on learning experience in Washington, DC.

    With generous scholarship funding available and over 80% of IPVS students receiving a scholarship award, you still have the opportunity to be placed in an internship that puts you on the front-lines of our nation’s recovery and renewal.

    Spend your summer taking action and making an impact in the community. With IPVS you can:

    • Provide families with educational programs that COMBAT childhood obesity.
    • Help to ADVANCE public health by conducting intake interviews.
    • Facilitate enrichment opportunities for at-risk youth that ENCOURAGE future successes.
    • TRANSLATE legal service documents and consultations for low-income immigrants.
    • Raise money and awareness for diseases that AFFECT millions.
    • Provide DIRECT emergency services to clients at a homeless shelter.
    • Research nonprofit policy and REPORT on agency benefits.
    • ENGAGE the local community in a park clean-up that revitalizes urban green spaces.

    Apply by the March 18th final deadline and prepare to make a difference this summer. For more information or to start an application, please visit our website at www.DCinternships.org/IPVS.

    If you have questions about the program or application process, please email IPVS Program Director, Kristen Wright, at kwright@tfas.org or reach out by phone at 202.986.0384.

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

    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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