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Community Service Bulletin

October 18, 2012


Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center Funded Fellowship and Internship Opportunities for IAP

The Fellowships and Internships programs both support MIT students working on capacity-building service projects. Students work with community-focused organizations such as non-profits, schools, and social enterprises.

In both programs, you can:

  • Work by yourself, or as part of a small team
  • Create a project from scratch, or find project ideas and community partners on our website
  • Work locally, nationally, or internationally. For IAP, we particularly encourage projects in the Americas (including the US)

Applications for IAP projects must be submitted by noon on OCTOBER 18th.

Find more information about both programs at http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/internshipsandfellowships/

Looking for project ideas? Check-out the PKG Center's opportunities page http://web.mit.edu/opps Questions? Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Partnering for Healthy Rivers and Water (10/30/12)

EcoLogic is co-hosting a panel discussion about community-based watershed management on October 30th at 6-8 PM in Kendall Sq (Genzyme, Roscoe Bradley Hall) that we would love to have interested Fletcher students attend. Space is limited so please RSVP soon.

The speakers will include: Jim Wescoat from MIT, Kate Bowditch from the Charles River Watershed Association, Don Carlos Cruz --the President of a watershed coalition in Honduras that partners with EcoLogic Development Fund, and Alice Srinivasan of the Global Green Grants Fund.

$20 suggested donation.

Questions? Contact Rebecca Oliver at 617.441.6300 or roliver@ecologic.org.

Technology for Health Proposals (11/21/12)

Submission Deadline: November 21, 2012

With support from the Bacca Foundation and the Omidyar Network, the Center for Global Health is pleased to announce our second Innovation Award for up to $100,000 to accelerate innovative technologies to improve health in resource-limited settings in low- and middle-income countries.

We are looking for innovative technologies with:

  • Strong public health impact
  • Commercial viability and sustainability
  • End-user input throughout the technology development process

Innovation Awards are designed to be a part of a growing portfolio of health technologies supported by the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) at the Center for Global Health.

Innovation awards are intended to provide one year of research, development and/or commercialization support at a research institution, NGO, or for-profit company.

For additional information, please see the full Request for Proposals and visit the Center for Global Health website: http://www.massgeneral.org/globalhealth

Help with a Photo Shoot Featuring Santa Claus and Pets (12/1, 12/2, 12/8, 12/9, 12/15, 12/16)

Broken Tail Rescue and Petsmart Charities works together to provide local pet owners with a great opportunity to have their pets photographed with Santa Claus. The event is a fundraiser for Broken Tail Rescue, a local nonprofit dedicated to animal rescue. Shifts will be from 10:30 - 1:30 and 1:15 - 4:15.

The first three weekends in December, we need people to help us:

  • Be Santa Claus for a day!
  • Keep pets engaged in the photo shoot
  • Take photos
  • Print and package photos
  • Campaign to get people to bring their pets in for photos

If you can give us a few hours of your time, we'd really appreciate it. Applications for volunteering can be submitted online: http://www.brokentailrescue.org/volunteer-application/

First Night 2013 (12/31/12)

First Night, Inc. is a non-profit organization that produces Boston’s Annual New Year’s Eve Arts Festival. First Night 2013 will take place on Monday, December 31, 2012.

The primary volunteer opportunities for the College Volunteer Team will be assisting with checking buttons (tickets), monitoring crowds, and providing information, guidance, and support to First Night audiences and staff. Most volunteer shifts are four (4) hours long. The first shift starts at 5 PM—currently full; the last shift ends around 11 PM. In addition, there are limited opportunities, depending on experience, to work directly with artists and crew.

The College Volunteer Team Application: http://www.firstnight.org/college.

All students, who submit applications by October 25, 2012, will be entered into a drawing for a $50 ITunes gift card—this offer was extended from October 15.

Contact: Joyce Bishop, Jbishop@firstnight.org, 617 542-1399, ext. 14

Announcing CGI U 2013 (deadline 11/30/12)

Students: apply now to attend CGI U 2013, hosted by President Clinton at Washington University in St. Louis from April 5 - 7, 2013. The meeting is free to attend for all accepted students. Limited assistance for travel and lodging is available to students with demonstrated financial need who apply by the early decision deadline. Below are the key deadlines for applying to CGI U 2013:


CGI U is President Clinton’s initiative to engage the next generation of leaders from college campuses around the world. Each CGI U participant makes a Commitment to Action: a specific plan of action designed to address a challenge on campus, in the local community, or around the world. The meeting brings together students, NGO representatives, topic experts, and prominent change-makers. Last year’s participants included Jon Stewart, Madeleine Albright, and Usher. CGI U is proof that young people have the power to make a significant impact by confronting some of the world's most urgent challenges. Please share this opportunity with your network, and we’ll keep you posted with other updates about CGI U 2013.

Visit our website to learn more: http://www.cgiu.org/

2013 Annual Meeting for AAAS (2/16/13-2/17/13)

The 2013 Annual Meeting for AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) is going to be held in Boston this coming February. February 16 and 17 will be the AAAS Family Science Days at Hynes Convention Center (event that is free and open to the public) and this is a great outreach opportunity for the School/Institute. SoE has reserved 10 booths and we're looking for volunteers (staff, students, faculty) to provide activities/staff these booths.

We're especially interested in:

  1. Hands-on activities where kids are able to make things
  2. User-friendly demos of research (must be able to transport any equipment, materials, etc. to Hynes)
  3. Providing attendees with information about outreach programs your program/unit offers

Anyone who volunteers will need to help staff their booth and attend a meeting about this event- will schedule this in the near future!

Information about this event can be found here:

If you, or any of your students/faculty, are interested in volunteering, please let me know by October 19th. ksmakula@MIT.EDU

Ongoing Opportunities

Math and Science Tutors Needed (Tutoring Plus of Cambridge)

When: Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 7:30pm
Where: Roosevelt Towers, near Inman Square in Cambridge, 10 minute walk from Lechmere/Central/Kendall T.

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge is looking for volunteers that can tutor high school students in Science and Math on Wednesday nights near Inman Square. Once you fill out an application online, we will check your references, bring you in for a brief interview, match you with a student who fits your strengths and personality, and get you tutoring! Apply online at our website: http://tutoringplus.org/tutor/tutorForm.html.

Join the Underclassmen Giving Campaign as a committee member

The primary purpose of the committee membe r is to solicit gifts from underclassmen in support of the Underclassmen Giving Campaign and Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center Expedition Grants. The committee member is also expected to be present at the Lobby 10 Booth during UGC Week, help out at events, and support recruitment in the fall and spring.

Term on Committee: MIT Fiscal Year 2013 (September 2012 – June 2013).

  • Fall UGC Week: October 22-26
  • Spring UGC Week: March 11-15


  • Strong communication skills
  • Comfortable soliciting donations
  • Belief in giving back to the Institute, both financially and as a volunteer.
  • Enthusiasm for MIT.
  • The ability to make time for committee activities.

Time commitment: 4-6 hours per semester (most of which is during UGC Week)

Interested? Contact Danielle Auriemma, Assistant Director of Student Philanthropy Programs, at auriemma@mit.edu or 617-253-5234.

Help create a website for World Wide Women's Self Defense, which provides self defense programs to women in the developing world!

This website will provide a major online "hub" for self-defense programs based in developing countries and those who seek to support them. Developing countries often have serious security problems, and no one suffers more from this issue than women and children. In response to these issues, there are a growing number of organizations and groups within especially vulnerable areas, such as slums, who are attempting to address the problem of gender-based violence, as well as violence against children and youth, through teaching practical self-defense techniques. In the past, these self-defense training programs have had no reliable way to connect with each other, but due to the growing availability of internet access in many places, new opportunities have become available through technology to strengthen their networks throughout the world and to establish new partnerships and find support for their crucial work. Self-defense training programs are a relatively new concept in many developing countries, but by providing them with access to a centralized online "meeting place" they will have access to a broad range of resources that will give their programs long-term sustainability.

The goal of this project is to establish an online platform for the purpose of providing women's self-defense training programs that are based in developing countries with a central website through which they can:

  1. Expand and strengthen their network ties with each other
  2. Establish further partnerships to strengthen their cause
  3. Find financial sponsors
  4. Share their expertise and experiences with academic researchers
  5. Provide guidance to other organizations seeking to establish their own self-defense training programs

Contact Lynn Slaughter-Naves at: lslaughternaves@miis.edu if you are interested!

Work with PotaVida and D Labs in Nicaragua and help bring potable waters in homes!

The challenge with drinking water disinfection technologies is that they typically require more than just health benefits in order for people to use them – they often require added values such as convenience, tangible water improvements, or aspirational aspects. User-centered design is an approach that aims to understand the full spectrum of user’s needs and, and is one of the core approaches of PotaVida. PotaVida currently has a student intern position available to a qualified and motivated individual who will work with our partners in the field to gather information on both the usability and desirability of the SODIS Monitor.

PotaVida is looking for students who are passionate about technology development for low-resource settings and who are interested in user-centered design and technology dissemination. Design coursework and/or experience is a plus.

Contact: jlinnes@mit.edu, Jacqueline Linnes, for more information

Pathways to Family Success Saturday Family Literacy Program

We are a family literacy program here in Cambridge. We are currently looking for 1-2 volunteers for our Saturday family literacy program. This program works with immigrant families to help them gain more knowledge and understanding of the U.S. school system. We help the families connect to resources in the community and their children's school. We offer family support and parent workshops while the kids are doing literacy based activities. The program runs from 10-12:30 pm Saturdays.

Contact: "Mcginn, Elizabeth" emcginn@challiance.org or 617.665.3827

Build Computers with Youth at Willis D. Moore Youth Center

We were interested in having volunteers come into the center to build computers with the youth; we have 10 hardrives and 10 monitors.

If you are interested or have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me.

Ashley "Ocasio, Ashley" aocasio@cambridgema.gov

OEF Afghanitan Vets for Oral History Project

To check my background and experience please visit www.mikewalling.com, www.forgottengottensacrifice.com and/or the Forgotten Sacrifice FaceBook page.

Osprey Publishing has commissioned me to write about US Military Ops in Afghanistan from 2001-2012. The core of the work will be oral histories from vets of all Service Branches. I am a Coast Guard vet and will be donating 25% of my royalties to The Wounded Warrior Project. If you are interested in talking with me, I will provide you with a full project briefing.

Please contact Mike Walling at michaelgwalling@gmail.com or 978-562-9873.

Mentor Middle School Students at East End House

Mentoring Sessions are held at Putnam Avenue Upper School (158 Spring Street, Cambridge, MA 02141). Additional trainings and activities for mentors are held at East End House (105 Spring Street, Cambridge, MA, 02141).

The Mentoring Program at East End House (EEH) matches adult mentors with middle school youth who have been selected by EEH staff. Mentoring takes place as an extension of the Middle School After-school Program. Evening meetings with fun activities for mentors and mentees will be held a few times per month at our Program site, with additional opportunities for engagement in the community, the workplace, or other appropriate locations. Mentors work closely with EEH staff to provide youth with caring and supportive relationships in order to decrease negative behaviors and to encourage engagement, improved social skills, and growth of self-esteem.

Mentors must commit to the program for a year and be available to meet at least twice a month in the evening, for two or more hours per meeting.

Please contact Nikki Leon at Nikki@eastendhouse.org or (617) 876-4444. http://www.eastendhouse.org

Science Club for Girls

We are currently still recruiting for mentor-scientists at King Open on Tuesdays 2:30pm-4:30pm and Cambridgeport on Thursdays 2:00pm-4:00pm.

Interested in volunteering for a few weeks or as a standby/substitute mentor-scientist? Contact Allison at volunteer@scienceclubforgirls.org if you are interested.

BEST Corp./Hotel Training Center

My name is Kelly Morgan and I work at BEST Corp./Hotel Training Center, a non-profit organization in downtown Boston. We provide English, Citizenship Prep, GED Prep, and Computer classes to our clients, who are mostly hotel workers in the Local 26 Union.

We are always looking for new volunteer tutors, teachers, and tech center assistants, and would love to extend this opportunity to any MIT students who are interested in gaining experience in education and working with immigrants. We will be holding volunteer trainings next week and throughout the year, and all volunteers in our program will receive guidance from our staff and have access to curriculum support and our resource library.

Below is what we are looking for from volunteers for this cycle:

1) Private tutors in English, Computers, Citizenship, Reading/Writing, and Math

2) Volunteer computer teachers
Monday - 10:30 - 12:30
Wednesday - 9:30 - 11:30

3) My Tech Center assistants
Thursday - 9 - 11 am
Friday 9 - 11 am

The cycle will run through December 14 with a week of vacation during Thanksgiving.

Thank you for your time, and please let me know if you would like any additional information!

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Vecna Public Service Internships in Kenya

Vecna and the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center are collaborating to offer you the opportunity to build your expertise as you help people in need. Put your ingenuity to work for a great cause while working with people from a great company!

Vecna promotes primary care in emerging and under-served areas worldwide by providing resources and technology for sustainable and scalable healthcare delivery. Vecna’s software engineers donate intellectual property and up to 10% of their time to the Vecna Cares Charitable Trust. The engineering team is developing and improving low-cost and easy-to-use technologies that connect patients with care and medication. These solutions are making an impact on families and medical clinics around the world. Vecna’s CliniPAK™, the Clinical Patient Administration Kit, plays a key role in forwarding our global health and primary care initiatives. These units include rugged touchscreen tablets, cell phones, solar panels, and biometric devices to capture patient data for better reporting and better care. The CliniPAK is deployed in clinics and hospitals throughout Kenya and Zanzibar.

Internship opportunity

Fall 2012
-Learn about CliniPAK and contribute your ideas to the technology or project management challenges of delivery to developing areas

IAP 2013
-Travel to Kenya to help the Vecna team deploy the technology in two clinics

Spring 2013
-Assist the Vecna team with technology redesign or deployment and workflow improvements

Summer 2013
-Return to Kenya and help the team deploy CliniPAK in 10-15 clinics

Contact: psc-internships-staff@mit.edu

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