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Community Service Bulletin

March 7, 2012

Spotlight

Public Service Center funded Summer Fellowship and Internship opportunities (deadline 3/23)

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 summer projects must be submitted by noon on Friday, March 23rd. Find more information about both programs at http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/internshipsandfellowships/

Looking for project ideas? Check out the PSC'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

2012 Yunus Challenge Art Installation (proposals due 3/16)

Your challenge: turn your trash into art. Help raise awareness of waste and of its effects on marginalized communities.

Trash into Art @ MIT: The goal of the 2012 Yunus Challenge Art Installation is to raise awareness around the value of waste materials such as cardboard, Styrofoam, plastics, metals, and other objects found in a garbage can. A crucial focus is the impact of waste on marginalized people and communities.

Students are challenged to collect pieces of waste from their own lives (and/or from their communities) for a week, and to create a thought-provoking project from materials that would otherwise be thrown away. Finalists' work will be installed and presented on the MIT campus from Mon, April 2 – Fri, April 6. The winner will display their work on Thurs, May 3 at the IDEAS Global Challenge Awards Ceremony.

Proposals are due March 16. Questions? Email Bina at trashintoart@mit.edu.

Cambridge Biosafety Forum (3/12-13)

Join the Cambridge Biosafety Committee for a 6-hour biosafety training and discussion (3 hrs on Monday, 3/12 and 3 hrs on Tuesday, 3/13) intended to provide basic biosafety training to three general audiences. First and foremost, we offer this to Boston area community members (particularly Cambridge residents) who are willing to serve on local biotech biosafety committees to fulfill the requirement that two community representatives participate in all Institutional Biosfaety Committees (IBCs). The second audience is local public health professionals who are expected to provide overight and explain concepts about biological risk to their elected officials and residents. Third, we open this forum to local biosafety professionals and IBC board members who are interested in getting a little more background on good practice for running an effective IBC and some discussion about the purpose and enforcement of the Cambridge biosafety ordinance and regulation.

We have a terrific lineup of biosafety and clinical specialists and will also be joined by a representative of the NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities, who will discuss the proces of institutional biosafety oversight that they require of all NIH-funded research. I am including a link to the registration form, which needs to be filled out and faxed or e-mail as stated on the form. I am also including a link to the 2012 Biosafety Forum Agenda.

Please register at: http://www.cambridgepublichealth.org/hot-topic/Cambridge-biosafety-forum-2012/Registration-Form-2012-Biosafety-Forum.pdf The agenda can be found at: http://www.cambridgepublichealth.org/hot-topic/Cambridge-biosafety-forum-2012/Agenda-2012-Cambridge-Biosafety-Forum.pdf

This event will be held in the Macht Auditorium on the campus of The Cambridge Hospital.

For more information, please contact: Sam Lipson, Director of Environmental Health, Cambridge Biosafety Committee at (617) 665-3838 or slipson@challiance.org or visit: http://www.cambridgebiosafety.org

Brown University SEEED Conference (3/16-17)

On March 16th and 17th, 2012, Brown University will host its first social enterprise conference! The Social Enterprise Ecosystems as Economic Development (SEEED) conference will convene an audience of social entrepreneurs, interested professionals, academics and students to explore two new important ideas:

1. Social Enterprise as a catalyst for economic development
2. The development of a social enterprise ecosystem nationwide- the ecosystem is the political, social, and legal environment conducive to the development of social enterprise

Students can register online by going to http://seeedus.com/ and clicking on the 'Register Now' tab in the upper right hand corner. Students will be given overnight housing Thursday and Friday if they do opt to stay for both days. The social enterprise movement is changing and growing more influential everyday. Learn, get involved, and discover how you can be a change agent in 2012!

PMD St. Patrick’s Day Service Project (3/17, register by 3/7)

Prepare and share a traditional, corned beef/boiled dinner and delicious oat cake with warm berry compote to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with frail, formerly homeless elders

HEARTH advocates on behalf of homeless elders, reaches out to, identifies, and assists homeless elders in Boston, provides housing and services for this often neglected, vulnerable population.

All volunteers are asked to contribute $8 each to help offset the cost of the meal. (If needed, you can request a waiver for financial hardship when you register.) Cooking experience not required, but volunteers must be in good health and be able to follow simple recipes and directions to prepare and cook ingredients, as well as to clean up, while standing most of the time in the warm kitchen and dining room.

The event will be held on Saturday, 3/17 from 9:30AM-2:30PM at Hearth’s Anna Bissonnette House in the South End. Please sign up by 3/7 at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22EU6M96AB4

Nominations are now being accepted for the Priscilla King Gray Award for Public Service! (deadline 3/19)

This award honors the inspirational contributions Priscilla King Gray has made to public service at MIT. It was established by the Undergraduate Association in cooperation with the Public Service Center. The award recognizes an undergraduate who is exceptionally committed to public service at MIT and its surrounding communities. The recipient clearly demonstrates a personal dedication to social change, prolonged and in-depth involvement and initiative in a leadership capacity.

To nominate a student please visit http://web.mit.edu/awards/ The deadline for nominations is 3/19!

Ongoing Opportunities

Public Service Center Student Job Opportunities!

Large-Event/CityDays Coordinator
Spend the summer assisting the PSC in planning large-scale community service events, such as CityDays 2012! This great one-day community service event is part of freshman orientation at MIT and one of the largest service events of the entire year with approximately 600-800 students participating. CityDays is an MIT tradition that requires a great coordinator at its helm, one with exceptional organization and communication skills, and creative vision. Responsibilities include recruiting community agency partners, planning activities, soliciting and securing corporate donations, working with PSC and Orientation staff on event logistics and leadership, writing descriptive materials, maintaining contact with group leaders and others, and keeping track of everything. See website listed above for qualifications. This is a paid position. You must be available full-time (40 hrs/wk) June through August.

To apply, submit resume and cover letter by Tuesday, March 13, 2012 (original deadline extended), to Kristi Gundrum Kebinger, MIT Public Service Center, citydays-staff@mit.edu, W20-549, 617-253-8968.

Communications Assistant
The MIT Public Service Center is seeking an enthusiastic, detail-oriented student assistant to generate content for news stories and features, organize the photo library, and brainstorm creative communications possibilities for the PSC.

Possible tasks include: Researching and writing stories that highlight individuals and groups engaged in public service, Identifying photos to use in various outlets and acquiring permissions, Helping maintain the digital and print archive of PSC news stories, Helping maintain the photo library and organize photos, Designing posters and flyers for PSC programs and events, Thinking creatively about how to publicize the PSC. See website listed above for qualifications. The position is 6-10 hours per week.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to Kevin Leonardi at kevinleo@mit.edu, 4-104, 617-253-6821.

See full postings here: http://mit.edu/mitpsc/whoweare/jobs.html

IDEAS Global Challenge Communications/Events Coordinator (and Assistant Air Traffic Controller) Needed
8 - 19 hours per week; now through the end of May
$10- $12/hour to commensurate with experience

We’re looking for someone to help us rally the Institute by spreading the word, run event logistics and help us manage the multitude of details that make the IDEAS Global Challenge a success. Someone who’s good at juggling several projects at once, fun to work with and can anticipate upcoming needs.

In particular, the key pieces you would help us make happen:

-Marketing/publicity: We’re looking for someone who is a wordsmith and relishes the opportunity to construct and communicate stories and information. You would help us develop the awards ceremony program, document past teams,press releases, the annual sponsorship report, news articles and much more. Designing creative ads, postering around campus, and chalking the sidewalks. Ideally, you’d have a knack for graphic design.

-Events: We have three large events in the spring – the Poster and Judging Session, the Awards Celebration and the Winners’ Retreat. Help us with the logistics so we can run them smoothly. Other duties and responsibilities performed as needed.

Ideally, you’re an undergraduate upperclassman or a graduate student who will be here for another year. We want someone who’s prepared to stay on. We’re planning on everything working out well so you’ll want to join us and help run the Challenge next year. A summer position may be possible.

Is that you? Drop Kate a note: kmytty@mit.edu

Volunteer for Build Race Win at the “CYSTEM”

We are "The CYSTEM" City Youth Sports Training & Education Movement, a youth sports and education enrichment program. We are looking for volunteers to assist us with our race club. Our goal is to is to build 4-6 vehicles soap box cars (the younger students), gas powered go karts, electric powered go karts & solar powered go karts. Our Student Athletes are ages 8-16, we are located right here in Cambridge, MA.

The CYSTEM meets every Saturday from 10:00am - 2:30pm. For more information call The CYSTEM at 888.791.1880 or visit us on the web at www.thecystem.com

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

LIFT Summer Fellowship (deadline 4/16)

LIFT’s mission is to combat poverty and expand opportunity for all people in the United States. We envision a day when all people in our country will have the opportunity to achieve economic security and pursue their life goals. LIFT currently runs centers staffed by trained volunteers in Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, to serve low-income individuals and families.

LIFT-Boston seeks driven and independent leaders to serve as Summer Fellows in the Cambridge, Somerville, or Roxbury offices. Summer Fellows work one-on-one with low-income community members (LIFT clients) to find jobs, secure housing, enroll in public benefits, and obtain referrals for services like childcare and healthcare. Summer Fellows are also responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations of LIFT-Boston. We look for individuals who are passionate about community development and are committed to LIFT’s anti-poverty mission. LIFT-Boston will offer both full-time and part-time positions during the summer of 2012. The full-time paid staff position will start May 29th and run until August 17th.

This position is also available at our following office locations: New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA; and Washington, DC. Specific Responsibilities, Requirements, Application Instructions, and Key Dates can be found at http://www.liftcommunities.org/ For more information, please contact sfboston@liftcommunities.org

Apply for a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship! Applications due May 1

The Foundation offers fellowships to individuals to implement their innovative idea for social change. We are most interested in exceptional ideas at the intersection between openness, technology, knowledge and learning. Ideas that would really move the dial on access to global knowledge, social and economic development.

The fellowship is not an academic fellowship aimed at research or academic study. Applicants should be social change agents who push boundaries and challenge accepted norms. They need not have all the answers, but should ask the right questions in a practical context.

Who can Apply:

  • Anyone who has an innovative idea for social change through fresh thinking that adds value in the areas of knowledge, learning and technology.
  • Anyone who has a clear vision of how the world can be a better place and the contribution they can make to bringing about the change.
  • The fellowship is not limited to any specific geographic location. However, applicants must be fluent in English.
  • Fellowship applicants must have attained the age of majority by the date of application.

For more information go to : http://www.shuttleworthfoundation.org/funding/fellowship-programme/

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