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Community Service Bulletin

October 16, 2013

Spotlight

First Chance to Enter - MIT IDEAS Global Challenge

Working on a new way to deliver social impact? If you're working on an innovative technology, system or tool, get started on your entry! Submit your Scope Statement by Thursday, October 24. 

Teams have three chances to submit a Scope Statement and gain feedback from IDEAS reviewers. If teams need funding as they develop their idea over the next six months, they can submit a Development Grant Request. All teams must submit at least one Scope Statement. Submit early, submit often!

The first chance to submit a Scope Statement: Thursday, October 24 by 11:59PM EDT.
Find details on how to enter at: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/competition/how-to-enter.
Wondering whether your idea fits? Just ask: globalchallenge@mit.edu

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding/Employment Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Oct 18-19: Volunteer to Judge at a Boston Debate League Tournament!

Judging is a one-of-a-kind opportunity that represents the Boston Debate League’s greatest volunteer need. No experience is necessary. We will train you in a short session right before the tournament and you will be asked to listen to debaters, take notes, offer encouragement, and determine a winner. If you are fluent in Spanish, you also have the opportunity to judge for the new Spanish division.

Volunteering is available at three locations: English High School 144 McBride Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, TechBoston Academy 9 Peacevale Road Dorchester, MA 02124, or McCormack Middle School 315 Mt. Vernon Street Dorchester, MA 02125

For High School you can volunteer from 4PM-8PM on Friday or 8AM-12PM or 12:30PM-6PM on Saturday. For Middle School, the volunteer shift is from 8:00AM-2:30PM. Please sign-up online at www.bostondebate.org/signup.

Ongoing Opportunities

Volunteer Tutor Opportunity with Upward Bound

Tutors are needed on Monday to Thursday from 3:00 - 6:00pm at the
MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program
265 Massachusetts Avenue
Room N52-130
Cambridge, MA 02139

The MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program is looking for individuals who are able to commit to at least one day per week, with a minimum commitment of 2 hours per day. Volunteers are needed to provide academic assistance in the areas of Math, English, Science, Social Science, and World Language, to disadvantaged high school students in our after school tutorial program. High school level tutoring experience is preferred.

For consideration, please forward a letter of interest and a resume to: upwardbound@mit.edu. For more information, contact Ms. Evette M. Layne at the above email address or at 617-253-5124.

Grade 6-8 Tutors in Cambridge Public Schools

Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) is looking for volunteers who can make a one or two hour per week commitment for the fall semester in a Cambridge Public School. Join our team of committed Middle School tutors for after-school one-to-one or small group academic support and homework help.

Schools are conveniently located near MIT in the East Cambridge area. Choose Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 3-4:15 pm; Tuesday morning from 8-8:30 am; or Wednesday from 3-4:30 pm. Walk or bike from the MIT campus.

Contact csv@cpsd.us or register for an orientation on our website: http://www.csvinc.org/for-volunteers/how-to-get-started/.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Pan Africa Healthcare Development

When: Summer 2014.
Where: Base camp -Dar el Salaam, TZ. Probable visits to Nairobi, Kigali and Kampala.

Working in a newly formed, region wide, E. African Healthcare organization-EAHF- that is rapidly growing with the potential of becoming a Pan-African organization. The position would focus on understanding the structure-now a very effective "Knowledge & Learning Network" and how it developed, researching data on the growth parameters, starting with its initial formation in Tanzania. The goal of the internship output would be a report documenting the history and key factors for its growth and identifying major hurdles to becoming a pan African organization.

The intern would probably work with a local MBA student from Tanzania or Kenya. There are visa and immunization requirements for these countries that should be taken care of well in advance of traveling to avoid large fees. The founders and top managers of this organization and its key members are truly visionary, can do individuals who would be terrific to work with.

Contact: Don Yansen, dyansen@gmail.com, 781 223 0421

Apply for a funded public service Fellowship or Internship for IAP (Deadline: 10/18)

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. In addition, this IAP, we are promoting two aspects of technology development:

CITE-PSC Internships
We are partnering with the Comprehensive Initiative for Technology Evaluation http://d-lab.mit.edu/cite to offer CITE-PSC Internships working with USAID and NGO partners.
Work with development organizations like USAID, Mercy Corps, the World Food Programme, Oxfam, and more. During IAP, you could conduct market research, product testing or needs assessment at one of our partner locations around he globe! We are looking for motivated, detail-oriented, curious students to help generate, prioritize, and test/assess products designed for the developing world. Travel, accommodation, and living expenses are covered through an internship stipend. Contact Chris Pilcavage for more information csp18@mit.edu

Poverty Alleviating Technology
We encourage applications that will further the development of poverty alleviating technology. If you are working on a promising technology that needs field testing, community partner input, or a feasibility study, apply for a Fellowship. We are particularly interested in hardware technologies that have the potential to receive later support through D-Lab Scale-Ups http://d-lab.mit.edu/scale-ups/fellowships, but we also welcome applications for software and technologies that will be implemented beyond the developing world.

Applications for IAP Fellowships and Internships projects must be submitted by noon on October 18th.

Find more information about both programs at http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/internshipsandfellowships/
Questions? Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu

Teach for America 3rd Application Deadline

Educational opportunities should not be determined by your family’s income or the neighborhood in which you live. That’s why Teach For America is developing a movement of leaders who will help drive change at every level of our education system toward the goal of closing the educational opportunity gap. These leaders start their paths as corps members who teach for two years in urban and rural high-need communities and help students make the academic progress that expands their opportunities. Deeply affected by their teaching experience, our alumni continue to advocate for students and build lasting change in many different roles and fields.

This year, 11,000 corps members are teaching in 48 regions across the country, while nearly 32,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the changes necessary to make a great education a reality for all.

You have the power to change things. Apply to the 2014 Teach For America corps. Full salary and benefits. Federal student loans may be deferred. All majors and career backgrounds.

Help Evaluate Innovations for the Water Grand Challenge for Development! (Deadline 10/21)

The Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) is helping USAID to recruit Grand Challenge Evaluator e-Interns exclusively from MIT for the Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge for Development.

The newly launched Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge for Development (http://securingwaterforfood.org/) is seeking volunteer e-interns to review incoming concept notes from water innovators from across the globe. E-interns will be responsible for first-round analysis and scoring of applications, using Grand Challenge’s established criteria. Key metrics include technical viability, applicability to developing countries, and business viability.

Grand Challenge Evaluator e-Interns should expect to work an average of 10 hours per week from January through March 2014. This opportunity will allow MIT students to:

  • Conduct in-depth reviews of an estimated 15-30 innovations
  • Collaborate with a team of interdisciplinary reviewers, including mentors at USAID
  • Be part of one of the leading new mechanisms in international development for discovering breakthrough solutions to the world’s most pressing problems

Apply by sending a cover letter and resume to CITE via infocite@mit.edu by Monday, October 21, 2013.

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