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Community Service Bulletin

December 5, 2012

Spotlight

The 2012 MIT Giving Tree is here!

Brighten the holidays for a local child! Please join your fellow MIT community members in supporting this great MIT holiday tradition. Through the Giving Tree, you can donate gifts to children in the Boston and Cambridge area. Each year, over 300 MIT faculty, staff, students, and partners provide gifts to over 550 children affiliated with 11 local service agencies. Co-sponsored by the MIT Public Service Center, the Panhellenic Association, and the Interfraternity Council and currently in its 21st year, the Giving Tree allows participants to choose specific gifts for specific children, making the gift-giving process a more personalized one for all.

Here's how to participate:

  1. Stop by the MIT Public Service Center (PSC) at 4-104 between November 19 and December 13 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).
  2. Pick up a gift label for a child--or choose more than one!
  3. Purchase, wrap, and place the gift label on your gift, and return it to the PSC’s Student Centerl location at W20-549f NO LATER than 10AM on Friday, December 14.

We will also gladly accept your monetary donation if you are unable to purchase a gift, but want to participate.

Questions? Email mitgivingtree@mit.edu. More info can be found at: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/programs/givingtree/

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Dec 6: MIT Humanitarian Working Group Networking Event

Please join the MIT Humanitarian Working Group for an informal networking event with students, professors, and professionals in the field of humanitarian relief on Thursday, December 6th from 6pm to 8pm. The evening will be a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, discover new opportunities, and more.

The event will be at the Field in Central Square (20 Prospect Street in Cambridge). Please RSVP here*.

Dec 7: Proposals for 2013 Cambridge Science Festival Due!

A reminder that proposals for the 2013 Cambridge Science Festival are due Friday, December 7! The Cambridge Science Festival is a 10 day festival April 12-21, 2013 celebrating the great science, technology, engineering, and math happening all throughout the Cambridge area.

We are looking for fun, interactive workshops, talks, exhibits, performances, and great ideas only you can think up. Also, we are looking more particularly for collaborators to participate in:

  • A Robot Zoo - showcase your robotics projects
  • Science of Sports - come demonstrate just how much STEM is in sports!
  • Rocket Day - Saturday 4/20 is National Astronomy Day, showcase your astronomy-related research, engineering projects, and more
  • Science of Food - food science is all the rage, show off your skills in explaining and having fun with chemistry, biology, nutrition, materials science with FOOD.
  • A more specific request: we need a physicist who has a passion for billiards

Contact Sung Kim at sungmi@mit.edu for details on any of the above. Please forward along to other groups or organizations that may be interested in getting involved.

Dec 8: Fall Muddy River Cleanup

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy would like to invite you to our annual Fall Muddy River Cleanup on Saturday, December 8th, 2012. The event will take place from 10am-1pm and will consist of cleaning up leaves, brush and trash throughout the Back Bay Fens and the Riverway.

This is the perfect event to come to the aid of the environment and meet a variety of people from all over Boston and other parts of Massachusetts! No experience is required and we welcome all ages to participate.

We will be meeting in front of the Back Bay yard across the street from Landmarks. It is located next to the "Fenway" CT2 and 47 bus stop on Park drive (the bus stop is located on the overpass that the Green Line "Fenway" T Station sits beneath). The approximate address is 440 Park drive. Click here to view the location on Google Maps.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to projectassistant@emeraldnecklace.org. We look forward to meeting you!

Dec 9: MIT AITI Instructor Application

MIT AITI is seeking passionate and driven MIT students to fill the role of lecturer and mentor for our mobile technologies incubator courses. MIT AITI pays all travel and housing expenses and provides a generous stipend ($1500-$5000 depending on experience). This year we are organizing courses in India, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Rwanda, and the Philippines over June/July 2013.

All students are welcome to apply (ugrads, grads, or Sloan MBAs). We are seeking both technical and entrepreneurship instructors/mentors. No prior entrepreneurship or mobile development experience necessary.

MIT's Accelerating Information Technology Innovation (MIT AITI, http://aiti.mit.edu) is a multidisciplinary group which promotes technology entrepreneurship in emerging regions. With support from Google, MIT AITI partners with universities to offer mobile and Internet technology-intense incubator courses. These courses are modeled on courses at MIT Sloan and MIT's Course 6 (Comp. Sci & EE). We offer lessons of real-world, actionable technology and entrepreneurship experience for the techpreneurs selected from a wide and competitive pool of applicants; the goal is for them to found sustainable technology start-ups. To aid our students, MIT AITI builds and maintains networks of mobile operator contacts, local investors, mentors, entrepreneurs, and developers centered on each program locally.

To apply visit: http://aiti.mit.edu/application/

Dec 17: Northwestern University’s Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI)!

GESI provides a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on communities abroad, while earning Northwestern academic credit. GESI attracts the most passionate and capable students from across the country, and I would appreciate your help in spreading the word about this international program on your campus.

Here are the GESI basics:

What: GESI participants design and implement a community development project with their host community and a small, interdisciplinary team of talented students from across the country.

Who: Any undergraduate or recent graduate seeking hands-on field experience with comprehensive academic preparation.

Where: Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, India, South Africa, or Uganda.

When: June 17- August 24, 2013.

Why: So many reasons!

  • Meaningful cultural immersion through homestays
  • Two full Northwestern course credits (the equivalent of 6 semester hours)
  • On-the-ground professional experience
  • An opportunity to help spark change by working with and empowering community members on the ground
  • Lifelong friendships with passionate students from around the country, and with development partners around the world

How: Complete our online application.

To learn more: Click here for a flyer with more information (and please feel free to post on-campus!), fill out our 3-minute interest survey, visit www.gesi.northwestern.edu, or email our office at gesi@northwestern.edu.

Dec 24: Celebrate Christmas Eve Day with Elders

Monday, December 24, 1:30-5:00 PM

Register by 12/14 at http://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd122412

WHERE: Anna Bissonnette House, South End

Befriend elders (who used to be homeless) with an afternoon of snacks, caroling, and visiting.

Unlike Thanksgiving, this is a smaller, more low-key event. We prepare hearty appetizers for the dozen or so elders who seek companionship, distraction, and real food during what can be a very difficult holiday. We sing carols (with a pianist if one volunteers, or karaoke-style) and will take photos that will be cherished by the elders (and be posted on their bulletin board).

Volunteers are asked to contribute $10 or more to help offset the cost of the groceries. No cooking experience is necessary, but all volunteers must be healthy and enthusiastic about singing Christmas carols, plus able to follow simple recipes and to clean up while standing all afternoon.

Dec 31: Opportunity Nation Interns this winter and spring!

About the Opportunity Nation campaign:
OpportunityNation, a campaign on the Be the Change, Inc. platform, is a bi-partisan, cross-sector national campaign made up of more than 250 parties working together to expand economic opportunity and close the opportunity gap in America. The OpportunityNation campaign works to bring poverty and opportunity into the mainstream debate, transform our nation's cultural approach to poverty and opportunity, and help scale innovative efforts to fight poverty and create opportunity.

Commitment: We are seeking full and part time interns (undergraduate, graduate or recently graduated students) who are available a minimum of 10-15 hours per week, between 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday. We will work with your class/work schedule, and we're also flexible with internship start and end date. Some of our previous interns love us so much they stay on for additional terms!

Compensation: Unpaid, though you may receive academic credit for the Internship.

For Job Description and Qualifications, please go to http://www.idealist.org/view/internship/T27xjpBgWTW4/#

How to apply: Please send a cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in the position, as well as a resume and writing sample to: Katie Theriault, Special Assistant: ktheriault@opportunitynation.org (Boston candidates); Elizabeth Clay Roy, Deputy Director: eclay@opportunitynation.org (New York City candidates)

Jan 18: Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend to a graduating college senior to pursue public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.

Students are encouraged to develop their own proposals for public service in the U.S. or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by yourself alone or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations.

Applications must be submitted by January 18, 2013. For application instructions, FAQs, and summaries of prior award winners, visit http://www.nationalgridus.com/huntington.asp.

Apr 26: Apply for the International Impact Investing Challenge Competition!

The International Impact Investing Challenge is a pitch competition that asks students to propose and defend a sustainable impact investment strategy that uses finance and investment tools to create an innovative solution to an environmental or societal challenge.

The 2013 International Impact Investing Challenge (I3C) will take place at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., April 26, 2013, with the Calvert Foundation serving as host partner, and INSEAD serving as the European partner.

To participate in I3C, teams of students will submit a two-page prospectus outlining their investment strategy and the issue they want to address by March 14, 2013. Ten teams will be chosen and flown to Washington for the finals April 26, 2013, where they will pitch their idea to a panel of judges comprised of recognized leaders in the impact investing arena. Prizes will be awarded. Check out this site for more information: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/newsatmitsloan/2012/11/19/international-impact-investing-challenge-competition/

Ongoing Opportunities

The PSC is hiring a FSILG&D Programs Assistant

Part-time, IAP (5-10/hrs week; flexible scheduling), Spring (4-6/hrs week)

Job description: Assist the Public Service Center in encouraging and celebrating students who rally around community service and elevate conversations around service. Help plan and implement all facets of the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge program. Responsibilities include maintaining communication with service leaders, developing and providing students with volunteer resources, promoting service accomplishments, and coordinating events. The student in this position will be shadowing and assisting the current FSILG&D Program Assistant, with the intention of becoming the student lead on the program during the ’13-’14 academic year.

This position is paid $10/hour.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to community service and a strong interest in spreading an ethic of volunteerism. Ability to help shape the Service Challenge and introduce new ideas to the program is essential. You should be organized, responsible, friendly, flexible, and able to work independently and as a team, when necessary. Being familiar with MIT living groups, having connecting in these networks, and being attuned to the happenings of campus life is key for this position. Experience planning volunteer and/or philanthropic events is desirable. You should also be comfortable conducting meetings with with fellow students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Timeline: Preference is given to those students who are available to start during IAP. Hours over IAP are flexible and work can be done remotely. Work 4-6 hours a week in Spring 2013 with ongoing commitment in the next academic year desired.

To apply: Submit resume and cover letter ASAP to Kristi Gundrum Kebinger, MIT Public Service Center, servicechallenge@mit.edu, W20-549, 617-253-8968.

Help Concord Carlisle High School’s FIRST Robotics Team: CNC Mill Set-up and Training

Our FIRST robotics team recently acquired a gently-used Supra CNC milling machine. Because our FIRST season begins during the first week of January 2013, we have a pressing need to learn how to set up, operate, and maintain this equipment. The mill can be operated manually or via computer. We have purchased the required software and hardware upgrades, and have a critical need for assistance with the initial set-up and subsequent training.

Please contact Michael Vela at mvela@colonial.net or 978-318-1400 x7175.

Need Science Mentors for Students Grades 4-7

Meeting dates are: Saturdays 12/8, 12/15, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19 at 12-2PM, and Friday 1/25 at 7-10PM

Project Day is: Saturday 1/26, 11AM – 3PM

Looking for MIT science students to help students in grades 4 - 7 develop their science project for competition. This will be a great opportunity to share your knowledge with young kids.

Meetings are on Saturdays December through January 2013 and located on the MIT Campus. Certificates will be presented to the science mentors on the day of the project presentations Saturday, January 26, 2013.

If interested please send an email to tttmentorprogram@yahoo.com for more details.

Help Us Grow EasyTomato!!

We've made EasyTomato (http://www.easytomato.org/video), an extremely easy to use and free BMO (bandwidth management and optimization) solution that gives less technical administrators the ability to limit access to streaming media, peer-to-peer file sharing, and adult content, all on a scheduled and computer by computer basis (crucial for low bandwidth internet connections!).

We have some well known NGOs in Haiti, Nepal, Guatemala, and Australia already using EasyTomato and giving us great feedback/reviews. Now we want to grow EasyTomato's adoption and make it THE accepted solution for schools, hospitals, and NGOs with limited budgets and IT knowledge. This is where YOU come in. We want someone to help demo EasyTomato routers to Boston area college groups such as Engineers without Borders and help maintain and add sites to www.groweasytomato.org.

If interested, please contact Bill Dixon at wrdixon@relieflabs.org.

Help Teach the Museum of Science’s Engineering is Elementary® Curriculum

The Engineering is Elementary® (EiE) project fosters engineering and technological literacy among children. EiE lessons not only promote K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning, but also connect with literacy and social studies. The Lexington project’s aim is to have volunteer engineers commit to two classes so they can work with the same students on their design projects. Included within these classes will be a few minutes devoted to the engineers sharing what they do.

The actual volunteering is at: Lexington Public Schools, Grade 3 classes at the Estabrook Elementary School

Choose from: December 11 and 12 from 10-11 OR December 18 and 19 from 10-11

You must also be able to attend the Volunteer Training: December 10, 7:30-9 in the Estabrook Library with Dan Greenberg, experienced EIE volunteer engineer and parent. The training is meant to help volunteers know their role, the goals of the lessons, and the materials.

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact: Karen McCarthy kmccarthy@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

World Unity, Inc. Committee

For the last 18 years World Unity, Inc. has been dedicated to a mission and vision to make a continuing and lasting contribution towards the elimination of all forms of racial, ethnic, gender, religious and cultural bigotry, prejudices, discrimination and biases. We believe we can accomplish this through the construction of the World Unity Landmark showcasing the following poem: Are you greater than the sun/that shines on everyone: Black, Brown, Yellow, Red and White/ the sun does not discriminate (c).

We're looking for volunteers who have a passion for equality and enjoy doing social media, marketing, organizing and event planning. Being creative and thinking outside of the box is especially welcomed.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Davis Projects for Peace

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.

Proposals should be emailed to davis-peace@mit.edu by 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.

If your proposal is selected, we will help you refine it. You should be available to make final revisions before February 8, 2013.

See http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/ for more details of the program, examples of past winners

Have questions? Need help planning or writing? Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu

Legatum Fellowship: Call for Applicants

Applications are now being accepted for the Legatum Fellowship at MIT. The program prepares students for entrepreneurial careers in low-income countries. While earning a graduate degree at MIT, the Legatum Fellows develop a business concept that can be translated into a viable and scalable enterprise in a developing country. Benefits include: tuition assistance, business plan coaching, strategic guidance, networking opportunities. To learn more about this opportunity, visit legatum.mit.edu/fellowship

Apply to be a Global Cycle Solutions Product Development Fellow!!

Global Cycle Solutions (http://gcstz.com) seeks exceptional, analytical, and entrepreneurial Product Development Fellows with technical expertise to serve in a 6-12 month Fellowship role. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's or graduate degree in mechanical engineering, and at least 2 years of full-time work experience with product design/development or a related field. The Product Development Fellow will be responsible for improving our current bicycle maize-sheller product and developing one new bicycle peripheral. The fellow would receive support from the GCS team but would be responsible for leading the R&D and product testing.

To learn more information about the fellowships GCS offers online, potential applicants should browse our website <http://gcstz.com> and/or just go here <http://gcstz.com/get-involved> and click on the "Join Our Efforts" tab.

Apply with Resume and Cover Letter at: http://www.jobscore.com/jobs/globalcyclesolutions/gcs-product-development-fellowship/cVP7lm5r8r4zoAiGakhP3Q.

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