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Community Service Bulletin

March 12, 2014


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.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Funding, Employment & Longer-Term Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

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


March 29: Prepare and Serve Lunch to the Women at Rosie’s Place (sign up by March 21)

Saturday, March 3, 2014
South End (T accessible)

Rosie's Place serves meals to guests on the fifth weekends of each month, a time when people on fixed incomes tend to run out of money. Rosie's accepts no government funds, and relies instead on committed volunteers and private supporters.

Help prepare and serve meals for those in need. No experience necessary; just the ability to work while standing most of the time and the desire to help others in need.

When you are sure you can work for the entire duration of the project, sign up at: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd032914. Directions and more specific details about the project will be e-mailed to you prior to the project.

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.

TIMtalks seeking student speakers (apply by March 14)

As a student speaker, you will have the chance to address a large audience at one or both of our events this semester:

  • CPW: Friday, April 11, from 4-6PM
  • Spring Weekend: Saturday, April 26 2-4PM

TIMtalks is a platform to promote students who have invented, implemented, succeeded, and even failed at a wide range of ideas, both large and small. TIMtalks, or “Think. Inspire. Motivate.” talks, was conceived with the intention of taking a reflective approach towards MIT’s innovative spirit (hence the play on MIT backwards); amidst the fast pace of student culture and achievement, we believe that it is important to reflect, communicate, and discuss the approaches and outcomes of each endeavor. Each talk given is professionally recorded and uploaded online, in order to disseminate our stories to the greater MIT community and beyond. You can take a look at some previous TIMtalks on our website, timtalks.mit.edu.

If you have invented, implemented, succeeded or even failed at a wide range of ideas, both large and small, apply to become a TIMtalks speaker! http://timtalks.mit.edu/apply_timfellows

Contact: timtalks-apply@mit.edu

April 18-27: Volunteer with the Cambridge Science Festival (sign up by April 1)

Over 150 events to choose from during April 18-27, 2014 festival. Sign up to volunteer at: http://www.cambridgesciencefestival.org/GetInvolved/Volunteer.aspx.

The Cambridge Science Festival aims to make Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) accessible, engaging, and fun for everyone. Join us at one of 150+ events throughout the Cambridge and greater Boston area.

Contact: Sung Kim, sungmi@mit.edu, 617-324-4379

Funding, Employment, and Longer-term Opportunities

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

CITE-PKG Center Internships (apply by March 20)

We are partnering with the Comprehensive Initiative for Technology Evaluation to offer CITE-PKG Center Internships working with USAID and NGO partners. Work with development organizations like USAID and Mercy Corps during summer 2014. You could conduct market research or take part in an e-internship either at one of our partner locations around the globe or in Cambridge! We are looking for motivated, detail-oriented, curious students to help generate, prioritize and test/assess products designed for the developing world. Travel, accommodations, and modest living expenses are covered through an internship stipend.

Learn more here: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/whatwedo/cite-psc/index.html

MIT in the Philippines

The Philippine Red Cross Operations Center is seeking 2-4 MIT student interns for Summer 2014 (June-August). Interns will work in the Operations Center in Manila for 10-12 weeks and report to the Disaster Management Manager.

Learn more about this opportunity here: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/opportunities/projects/philippines.html

Contact: Sally Susnowitz, susnowit@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

The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center is not responsible for the quality or safety of outside service agencies, and does not screen volunteer placements or projects. The Community Service Opportunities bulletin is published once a week by the staff of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center. If you have questions, feel free to call us at 617-253-0742, or stop by 4-104.

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