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Community Service Bulletin

January 30, 2013


Feb 4: Find a great volunteer opportunity at the MIT Community Service Fair!

Looking to give back to your community? Build your resume? Acquire new skills? Broaden your horizons? Then come to the Spring 2013 MIT Community Service Fair! Don't miss your chance to meet over 30 local nonprofit organizations and find a great service opportunity!

Monday, February 4, 2013, 1-3 p.m.
Lobby 10 and the Bush Room (10-105)

This event is open to the entire MIT Community, will have free food, and is sponsored by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center. For more information, contact servicefair@mit.edu.

Register your team for the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge (Deadline 2/5)

The FSILG&D Service Challenge encourages teams of fraternity, sorority, independent living group, and dorm participants to compete for the Service Cup over a two-month period February through April. Teams are encouraged to serve the community as a community.

In addition to helping community organizations and the populations they serve, participation in the Service Challenge certainly has its benefits for participants. Registered teams have the chance to win Service Cup winner bragging rights, publicity of team service undertakings, access to exclusive alternative spring break funding, $2,000 in service implementation funding for the upcoming academic year, meaningful opportunities for team bonding, and an acquisition of knowledge about the local community.

Register your team for the 2013 Service Challenge by February 5 at 5pm (More information about the Service Challenge can be found on the PKG Center’s website or by emailing servicechallenge@mit.edu.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Jan 28 – Feb 6: Be a Student Counselor for visiting Chinese students!

The student counselors will spent 5 hrs each day to tour Chinese visiting students MIT and Cambridge area, and share with them American culture and life in MIT. MIT students could select their preferred date to work, no need to work on the consecutive 10 days. The salary for this temp job is $10/hr.

Please contact Pei Zhang at pzhang@scitechedu.org

Jan 31: Creating a Non-Profit Enterprise

Led by: Janet Rickershauser, Senior Lawyer, Charles L. Cooney, Robert T. Haslam (1911) Professor of Chemical Engineering, Alyssa Fitzgerald, Lawyer

The seminar will enable members of the MIT community to further their understanding of how 501(c)(3) status can help them better deploy their technologically-based projects, and is open to students, faculty, and staff who have practical questions about how to organize and operate a non-profit. Sue Abbott, Janet Rickershauser, and Alyssa Fitzgerald, core attorneys in the Tax-Exempt Organizations practice group at Goodwin Procter LLP, a Boston-based Am Law 50 firm, serve the legal needs of many of the Greater Boston Area’s most prominent non-profits. Since the inception of these free seminars in 2003, we have provided the legal tools for achieving and maintaining 501(c)(3) status to over 1400 organizations in the Boston area.

Over the 3 hour seminar, we propose to cover:

  • Incorporating as a Non-Profit Corporation in Massachusetts
  • Governance, Attorney General Oversight, and Other State Law Issues
  • Federal Tax Requirements for 501(c)(3) Organizations
  • Filing IRS Form 1023 and Obtaining Tax-Exempt Status
  • Ongoing Tax and Compliance Issues:
    • Unrelated Business Income Tax
    • Excess Benefit Transactions and Intermediate Sanctions
    • State and Federal Filing Requirements

Sponsor(s): Chemical Engineering RSVP: Jose Estabil, E70-1270, 617 253-5978, JJE@MIT.EDU

Feb 1: Volunteer at a hands-on Weatherization Training

Friday, February 1, 12:30-5:30pm

Buildings account for 80% of energy used in Cambridge. Maximizing the energy efficiency of building through weatherization is a top priority. The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) is partnering with the Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) to offer students an opportunity to weatherize a Cambridge-based building, the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Boston. At this training session, you will learn and apply a wide-range of weatherization skills and also learn how to do a thorough energy-use audit. Limited to MIT students only. Register now: http://mitei.mit.edu/calendar/hands-weatherization-training

Questions? Contact Ethan Feuer, Student Activities Coordinator, MITEI at efeuer@mit.edu

Feb 3: Spend Super Bowl Sunday with Children Undergoing Cancer Treatment

Christopher's Haven is an organization that houses children and their families while the kids undergo cancer treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital. On Superbowl Sunday we will be having a superbowl party for the kids and families at our facilities near MGH. We are looking for volunteers to come, spend time here, and watch the game with us. We are also looking for individuals to bring food and/or party supplies.

Please feel free to send any questions our way at intern1@christophershaven.org

You can learn more about Christopher's Haven by checking out our website at www.christophershaven.org

Feb 4-6: MIT LEAD Workshops

How to make connections: Networking
2/4/13 7pm

How to get your destination: Teambuilding and Teamwork
2/5/13 7pm

Diversity…Exploring Identity
2/6/13 7pm

Sign up for workshops:http://studentlife.mit.edu/sao/mitlead/develop/signup

Feb 8: ReachOut Tutor Application & Orientation Session

ReachOut is a literacy program that matches MIT students with children at a local after school center for tutoring twice a week. Students may participate in ReachOut as volunteers or receive a paid position through Community Service Work-Study. The application can be found here http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/reachout/index.html and should be completed by Friday, February 8 at 3 p.m. All new tutors must attend an orientation on Friday, February 8 at 4 p.m. in 4-231.

Feb 9: Prune trees with Charles River Conservancy

Join our Volunteer Coordinator for a tree pruning event on the Parklands. Please make sure to wear warm clothes and bring a hat and gloves. To RSVP, email Danielle at dms@thecharles.org.

To see more upcoming events, please visit our calendar or email Danielle to schedule a group event.

Feb 11: Get paid to do something you love through Community Service Work-Study

Monday, February 11, 7-8 p.m., PDR1

Attend a student employment information session to learn about finding a job through Community Service Work-Study: an opportunity for students with Federal work-study to give back to the community and earn a paycheck. Students who qualify for Federal work-study are able to add to their work experience while assisting nonprofit organizations with finding creative solutions to the problems they face. Learn about working at the Science Club for Girls, ReachOut, Girls’ Angle, Tutors for All and many other organizations.

Contact Information:
Linden McEntire, mcentire@mit.edu, 617-253-8065

Feb 18-23: Celebrate National Engineers Week at the MIT Museum

Join us at the MIT Museum Monday, February 18 - Saturday, February 23. Celebrate National Engineers Week with workshops for middle and high school students, hands-on building challenges for families, and engineering demonstrations for all ages by MIT students and local companies, plus a special panel presentation and activities especially for high school students. See http://mit.edu/museum/programs/programdescriptions.html#feb2013 for further details and to register for workshops. Workshop topics include robotics, structural engineering, boat design, nanotechnology, physics photography, and holography.

Feb 19 – 22: Volunteer for Science Club for Girls at Vacation Week

Vacation Week will be at the King School Tuesday February 19th- 22nd!

This years February Vacation week is filled with a lot of thrilling and exciting science for our girls and our volunteers. We will be running our curriculum Matter & Slime curriculum where they learn physics and chemistry by exploring substances and their states. Ever make Oobleck or a lava lamp? This is a the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! We will also be running our Mastodon curriculum where the girls get back 10,000 years ago as members of the Paleontological Research Institute. Think the movie Ice Age is cool? It's got nothing on this exciting curriculum or girls from Summer Science Week LOVED!

We're looking for volunteers in both Cambridge and Boston for each morning of Vacation Week from roughly 8:30-12pm. The morning sessions will consist of classroom activities, and we would welcome an activity of your own choice if you would like to share any of the work you have done. You can volunteer for one to all four days if you'd like

Interested in being a Vacation Week Volunteer?
Please fill out the Vacation Week Application.

Feb 21: MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner

Thurs., Feb 21 @ 7:00-9:00pm
Lobdell Dining Room, W20-208

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?

Come learn about the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge and hear what other teams are working on. This is the chance to pitch your idea and handmade poster to woo and recruit teammates or pitch your skills to get hired onto a team. With the final chance to submit a Scope Statement on February 27, here’s your chance to share your idea, meet teammates and form a team. Come join to mix and mingle and meet potential teammates or to learn more.

RSVP here: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/events/view/274

The evening will feature two recruitment open mic sessions to help teams form. Have an idea and looking for teammates? Sign up to pitch an idea: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/events/view/274

Questions? Emailglobalchallenge@mit.edu

Jun 16-19: 6th International Conference of MIT’s Learning International Networks Consortium

Conference theme: Realizing the Dream: Education Becoming Available to All. Will the World Take Advantage?

Join a world-class slate of e-learning thought leaders including Sir John Daniel, Anant Agarwal, Zaini Ujang, Lúcia Araújo, Daniel Hastings, Bakary Diallo, Robin Horn, Patricio López del Puerto, Naveed Malik, Clifford Missen, Fernando Reimers, and Sanjay Sarma. The conference will feature keynotes, breakout sessions, directed workshops and more. After-hour activities will include an evening boat tour and scenic dining.

Conference threads will include:

  • Innovations in educational technology to bring education to all
  • New media for instruction
  • New pedagogical models facilitated by technology
  • The impact of MOOCs on universities worldwide
  • Impediments to bringing education to all
  • The impact of technology in lowering the cost of education
  • Educational technology and K-12 education
  • Educational technology and lifelong learning

mportant dates for presenters:
Paper submission deadline: March 17, 2013
Notification of acceptance: March 31, 2013
Versions incorporating reviewer's modifications: April 28, 2013.

For attendees:
Register online now.

Questions? lincinquiries@mit.edu

Ongoing Opportunities

Apply to be a FUP counselor! (deadline 2/15)

We need YOU to lead the 2013 Freshman Urban Program (FUP)! FUP is a pre-orientation program that introduces pre-freshman 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! Deadline: Friday, February 15. No prior FUP experience is required.

For more information and to apply: http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/fup/counselor.html Questions? fup-staff@mit.edu

Become a MIT Museum Volunteer!

Interested in sharing your passion for science, engineering, or art with others? The MIT Museum is looking for members of the MIT community who want to thrill the public with hands-on demonstrations, lead gallery talks, or provide insight about MIT to our visitors! Apply now to join the MIT Museum's volunteer team and put your science communication talents into action: http://web.mit.edu/museum/about/volunteer-application.html

50 hours/year commitment required, weekend availability preferred. Next training session to occur in March.

Contact: Erika Reinfeld, 617-253-9607

Volunteer for the MIT Scaling Development Ventures Conference

We're (PKG Center, D-Lab, IDI, Media Lab) thrilled to be hosting our first conference on what it takes to scale a venture in a developing context. See the details here: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/about/scalingdevventures

Sign up to help us make the first MIT Scaling Development Ventures Conference happen (and of course, attend too!)

  • Friday, February 8 - private dinner at SUTD
  • Saturday, February 9 - full on conference with an awesome lineup of speakers and attendees

We're looking for a crew of folks that can help us make this possible.
Learn more about how to volunteer and sign up to help us make the day(s) possible:

SIGN UP here:

Apply to be a counselor for Camp AmeriKids

Camp AmeriKids, a summer camp for children living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease, is looking for caring, responsible, energetic and fun counselors for our 2013 season. A volunteer counselor team is responsible for the 24-hour supervision of a cabin and maintains a camper to counselor ratio of about 2 to1. Counselors spend each day of the one week camp session with their cabin group as they rotate through a schedule of activities and participate in new and exciting workshops provided by the program staff. The cabin counselor's enthusiastic participation in all aspects of camp, from meals and activities to nightly special events and cabin chats, is crucial in creating a memorable camp experience for our campers. Counselors are expected to be role models, sources of energy and ideas, and are a key part of the Camp AmeriKids community. Room & board at our site in Warwick, NY is provided. Volunteers can apply for one or both of the following sessions:

Session One: July 29th – August 5
Session Two: August 10th – August 17

Applications are available on our website www.campamerikids.org. Please contact us if you are interested in more information.

Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation Seminar Course

Subject: ESD.S20, 11.S941 "Evaluation of Technologies for International Development"
Professors: Bish Sanyal (sanyal@mit.edu), Oli de Weck (deweck@mit.edu)

Schedule: Mondays, 3:30-5:00, Location: 4-149

Animated by a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to establish the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) at MIT, this seminar will serve as a forum on developing new methodologies for assessment of products intended to improve the quality of life of low-income households in developing countries. Sessions will explore methods of evaluation from various fields to ensure that these products are technically suitable, scalable and sustainable. In addition, the course will focus heavily on addressing real-world constraints and problems faced by development agencies, governments, NGOs, and development practitioners in general. Led by faculty and research scientists from Engineering Systems Division and Urban Studies and Planning; and drawing on presentations by practitioners from USAID, Partners in Health, Mercy Corps, Oxfam America, Consumer Reports and others this seminar will facilitate and discuss the very process of cross-disciplinary learning, incorporating knowledge and techniques from many fields including Systems Engineering, Institutional Analysis, Experimental Design, Supply Chain Analysis and Community Development. As a final project, students will be expected to develop an individual research proposal and evaluation plan focusing on a specific product. Students who write the most promising proposals may be asked to formally join the CITE research team by the end of the seminar and continue to work closely with CITE team leaders to conduct fieldwork over summer 2013.

URL: http://stellar.mit.edu/S/course/ESD/sp13/ESD.S20/

Start the New Year off right by helping the women of Rosie’s Place


  • Organize a group of friends, family, or co-workers to cater or serve in the dining room or help in the food pantry on weekdays or weekends.
  • Email volunteer@rosiesplace.org for available group volunteer dates.

We truly appreciate the kindness and support of our volunteers.

Be a Career Mentor for our College Chapter Members

Last semester Science Club for Girls and the Association of Women in Science Massachusetts Chapter piloted a Career Mentoring 1 on 1 program for the SCFG College Chapter Members at Northeastern University. This semester we are expanding the program to all our SCFG College Chapter Members.

We are looking for Career Mentors to work with our SCFG College Chapter Members. Career Mentors work our college members on a 1 on 1 level, meeting after work or after classes. They provide insight on the hurdles to being a woman in STEM fields, choosing to attend graduate school or going into industry, preparing for interviews and more. Career Mentors are expected to meet with their mentee twice a month. This position last 3-6 months. If you are interested please fill out the Career Mentor Application.

Apply for the 2013 Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Trip (1/31)

Where: Dade City, FLORIDA near Tampa and Orlando

When: March 24th to March 30th

What: Build houses, enjoy warm weather, and have fun!

Maybe you've been to one of our Build Days but one day is not enough for you. Have a hankering to use power tools? Want to spend Spring Break having fun as well as doing something worthwhile? Looking to escape to warm weather and sunlight?

For more information and TO APPLY clickHERE!

More information can be found here!

Apply for a Legatum Fellowship at MIT (deadline: 2/15)

The application deadline is now approaching for the Legatum Fellowship at MIT. The program prepares students to launch innovative and inclusive enterprises in low-income countries. Since its inception in 2008, the Legatum Fellowship program has provided mentoring, seminars, financial assistance, and business plan coaching to students starting businesses in the rapidly expanding markets of Asia, Latin America and Africa.

Application deadline is February 15, 2013. Benefits include tuition assistance, business plan coaching, strategic guidance, and networking opportunities.

Learn more about this opportunity at legatum.mit.edu/fellowship

MIT IDEAS Global Challenge (Deadline 2/27)

Working on an innovative project that make a positive change in the world—locally, nationally or internationally?

Enter it into IDEAS Global Challenge for a chance to win up to $10k per team to make your idea a reality. All teams must submit a Scope Statement, then teams who are eligible will be invited to submit a Final Proposal on April 5. Teams must be led by a full-time MIT students and must demonstrate that MIT students have made a significant contribution to the project.

Details are online at http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/competition/how-to-enter.
Questions? Email globalchallenge@mit.edu

The MIT IDEAS Global Challenge is a program of the MIT of Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center.

Apply for Alternative Spring Break funding for your Service Challenge team (Deadline: 3/1)

Teams registered to compete in the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge (register here by 2/5: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/fsilgd/registration.html) may apply to subsidize one alternative spring break (ASB) project for their FSILG or dorm members.
It takes time to coordinate projects with agencies, raise needed funds, and plan travel logistics, so start searching for ASB opportunities now. Don’t let this great chance to engage in community service slip away from you! Full application guidelines can be found at http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/volunteering/programs/fsilgd/break.html.

Submit your project proposal to servicechallenge@mit.edu by March 1. Email servicehallenge@mit.edu with questions.

Banking on Youth Competition (deadline 3/15)

Got a venture? Have an idea to change the world? Share your idea with us for the chance to win $1,000 seed money, a trip to the Ashoka Future Forum, and two grand prizes of $5,000 and $15,000!! Deadline: March 15, 2013.

Please spread the word and visit http://bankingonyouth.org for details! For questions, contact Romina Laouri at: rlaouri@ashoka.org

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Develop a proposal for a Davis Projects for Peace $10,000 fellowship!

Davis Projects for Peace is offering a $10,000 fellowship for an MIT undergraduate student project that promotes peace, to be implemented in the summer of 2013. The aim is to "help young people launch some immediate initiatives that could bring new thinking to the prospects for peace in the world." MIT will select several compelling proposals to send forward, and at least one is guaranteed to be funded! Think creatively, innovatively, and entrepreneurially -- this is a chance to formulate and test ideas for peace.
See http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/opportunities/davis/index.html for more details.
Proposals should be emailed to davis-peace@mit.edu by 9:00am on Friday, February 4.

Proposals will be judged using these criteria:
-strong and clearly articulated relevance to peace
-creativity and innovation
-potential for impact
-feasibility (showing that the team can accomplish the work within the required time frame, using the available funding)
-well thought-through and presented budget: detailed, realistic, and practical

If your proposal is selected, we will help you refine it. You should be available to make final revisions before February 8, 2013.
Questions? Email Alison at hynd@mit.edu

Lend for America Paid Leadership Fellowship

Lend for America is a fellowship program that trains students who are seeking to start microfinance organizations (Campus MFIs) at their respective college campuses. Fellows receive a crash course in microfinance, a full-time summer internship with an existing microfinance group, and year-round support from Lend for America as they start their organizations. The primary award of the Fellowship is a $2,500 stipend for the summer work component of the program. In addition, flight and hotel expenses are paid for fellows to attend the kick-off training and to travel to their host organization. Fellows are selected based on leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, and prior work completed on starting a Campus MFI. Prospective fellows must submit an online application at www.lendforamerica.org/fellowship by March 10.

Contact: Vanessa Carter, Vanessa@lendforamerica.org

Global Health Corps Fellowship

There are only 2 weeks left to apply for the 2013-2014 Global Health Corps fellowship. Global Health Corps is mobilizing a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity. We place talented individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds in high impact roles in NGOs and government agencies in sub-Saharan Africa and the US for one year. A key part of the GHC fellowship is support – fellows are provided housing, a living stipend, medical insurance, transportation, mentorship and professional development. During the fellowship year, fellows collaborate, innovate, and create sustainable and impactful change.

We have a myriad of opportunities in health, including:

  • Operations and Program Coordinator for Partners in Health in Malawi
  • Senior Research Assistant with Zambia Centre for Applied Health Research and Development in Zambia
  • Communications and Advocacy Officer with Together For Girls/UNAIDS in Washington, DC
  • Health Officer for Action Africa Help International in Uganda
  • Pharmacy and Supply Chain fellow with Clinton Health Access Initiative in Rwanda

Applications close February 3, 2013 at http://ghcorps.org/connect/apply.

This year, applicants can apply for up to 3 positions that match their interests and skills. No prior health experience is necessary! The only requirements are that applicants be 30 years old or younger, hold a university degree, and be proficient in English.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact Jennifer Gottesfeld, U.S. Program Manager at jennifer@ghcorps.org.

Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service Internship

June 5 – August 3, 2013

*Guaranteed Internships - Courses for Credit - Housing in DC*

We’ve been creating academic internship experiences for over 40 years and guarantee all participants an internship placement. Your options are endless – we work with a variety of nonprofit organizations focusing on issues like education, healthcare, homelessness, and the environment. Working in this powerful city will allow you to make professional connections and practice networking skills in a real-world setting. Washington, DC is the perfect place to explore a variety of career paths, and we work with each student’s unique goals and aspirations to match them with the most fitting internship site.

APPLY NOW! Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 7, 2013. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the priority deadline of February 7, 2013 in order to receive preference in admissions and scholarship consideration.

Eloranta Fellowship

Apply for an Eloranta Fellowship by 4/01/13 for a chance to receive 6k for research conducted during the summer of 2013!

Upcoming information sessions:
Tuesday, 1/15/13, 3-4p, 1-150
Thursday, 1/17/13, 3-4p, 1-150

For more information, visit and contact:
web.mit.edu/eloranta | eloranta-www@mit.edu | 7-104

Paid summer 2013 internship opportunity: Public Service Fellows program

The application for the summer 2013 term opens on January 28 and closes on March 8.
The Public Service Fellows Program at the Partnership for Public Service is an opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates to participate directly in transforming the way government works while developing valuable professional skills. Fellows’ duties vary across the Partnership’s internal teams, but often include event planning and execution, conducting research, writing and preparing correspondence, and conducting outreach to external partners, such as government agencies and colleges and universities.
True to the Partnership’s emphasis on people, the fellows program incorporates opportunities for professional and personal growth through workshops and trainings specifically geared toward students and young professionals. We also strive to ensure a quality experience in terms of work and personal relationships throughout the fellowship term. Fellows with an undergraduate or graduate degree receive a $1,000 per month stipend, and fellows who are currently undergraduate students receive $800 per month.
More info: http://apps.ourpublicservice.org/fellows/default.aspx

Public Service Fellowships and Internships

The Fellowships and Internships programs both support MIT students working on capacity-building service projects around the world. Fellows and Interns work with community-focused organizations such as non-profits, government offices, international aid agencies, schools, grassroots groups, student-initiated service enterprises and even for-profit businesses if the business is using a social-entrepreneurship model to address the needs of an under-served community. Students in these programs receive a stipend for their work, which typically goes towards living and travel expenses.
The Fellowships and Internships application deadline is Thursday, March 21 at noon. http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/internshipsandfellowships/fellows-apply.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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