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Community Service Bulletin

March 5, 2014


Exploring Careers in Public Service

Tuesday, March 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 4-231

Featuring panelists from City Year, Design that Matters, Science from Scientists, and the State Department

Do you want to have an interesting job while also working for the common good? Is public service something you’ve been drawn to but aren’t sure how to translate that into a career? Come to this panel to hear directly from alumni on how they got their start, what their day to day work is like, and the advantages and disadvantages of working in a public service career.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding, Employment & Longer-Term Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

March 11: MIT Global Poverty Initiative information session

MIT Global Poverty Initiative will be holding an info session on Tuesday, March 11, at 7:30 in 5-233. Come learn about our local and international service opportunities! Free fro-yo will be provided.

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.

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.

Volunteer Tutor: MCAS Math Prep Program

Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00pm inside the Fletcher Maynard Academy (225 Windsor Street, Cambridge, MA 02139)

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge is looking for volunteer tutors for our MCAS Math Prep enrichment program! This programs runs on Mondays and Wednesdays in March and April from 5:30-7:00pm and is open to students in 4-5th grades. This program follows a set curriculum every week as we help our students prepare for the statewide MCAS exam in May.

Contact: Kathryn Fenneman, 617.349.6588 x422, fenneman@tutoringplus.org

Funding, Employment, and Longer-term Opportunities

Math Program Site Coordinator (apply by March 12)

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge is looking for a Site Coordinator for our MCAS Math Prep program! The Site Coordinator will be responsible for supporting both the logistical and programmatic aspects of the program. Strong candidates will have experience working with kids, have a passion for math education and be creative.

Our MCAS Math Prep program helps students in 4-5th grade prepare for and gain confidence in taking the statewide math exam. The program follows a curriculum book and will be supplemented by activities and games that bring math to life.

Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00-7:00pm from March 3-April 30

Programming will take place at the Fletcher Maynard Academy (225 Windsor Street, Cambridge, MA 02139). This position may be eligible for work-study funding.

Contact: Minh Nguyen: nguyen@tutoringplus.org, www.tutoringplus.org

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.

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!

Upcoming workshops are on March 10 at 2 p.m. and March 11 at 3 p.m., both in W20-55. If you are interested in attending please email Elizabeth Parolski - parolski@mit.edu

Teach middle and high school students at MIT this summer!

Interested in a rewarding summer teaching experience? You can empower middle and high school students with the skills and confidence to become future scientists and engineers through a paid instructional staff position in the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP).

We’re looking for instructional staff applicants with:

  • Science, engineering, math or humanities backgrounds
  • A wide range of experience levels from rising college sophomores to experienced professionals with advanced degrees
  • Previous teaching experience (a plus, but not required for all positions)

Perks of teaching for OEOP this summer include:

  • Exciting, challenging, and important roles
  • Competitive compensation
  • On-campus housing
  • Catered meals
  • Fun program field trips

Rolling application, with priority to those who apply sooner: http://staffapp.mit.edu

Contact: Nick Holden, nholden@mit.edu, 617-324-9624

City Year Final Application (apply by April 30)

Looking for a high-impact, meaningful post-graduate opportunity? Apply to City Year, an education-focused nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation. At our 25 urban locations across the United States, teams of highly-trained corps members serve full-time in schools as tutors, mentors and role models. By focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance, which identify students who are at risk of dropping out, corps members are uniquely able to help students and schools succeed.

City Year provides real world experiences of incomparable value in terms of personal and professional development. With over 340 hours of training, corps members develop skills that employers seek and have the opportunity to interact with a variety of corporate sponsors and a network of over 18,000 City Year alumni. City Year also partners with graduate schools across the country to provide tuition scholarships exclusively for corps members. Don't miss out on a life-changing opportunity and apply today.

Visit www.cityyear.org/joincorps for more information and to apply. FINAL DEADLINE: April 30

Applicants must be between 17-24 years old and a U.S Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Contact: Thuy Le, tle@cityyear.org

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 rsvp’s 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

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