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Community Service Bulletin

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Nominate a Student for the Priscilla King Gray Award for Public Service

Nominate a student you know for the Priscilla King Gray Award! This award is presented to an undergraduate who is exceptionally committed to public service at MIT and its surrounding communities.  Nominations are due March 18, 2011.

For more information visit http://web.mit.edu/awards/browse/students-undergrad.html

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

D-Lab Presents: 150 International Development Projects from 2010 – 2011 (3/15-17)

To celebrate MIT’s 150th anniversary, D-Lab is highlighting 150 international development projects from 2010-2011 and offering a range of opportunities for the MIT community to get involved and learn about D-Lab’s work. D-Lab students and staff have been traveling around the world to collaborate with community partners in the design, development and dissemination of appropriate technologies in agriculture, health, energy, water, sanitation, mobility, education and communication. Come by and check out a poster display of all 150 recent projects in Lobby 10 of MIT from March 15 - 17, and try out several hands-on demonstrations. Chat with D-Lab students and staff to hear about their work and stories from all over the world! Special events are scheduled throughout the week. Details here: http://d-lab.mit.edu/news/general/d-labs-150-project-exhibit-madness-starting

Attend Upcoming IDEAS and Global Challenge Events

Whether you’re participating in the IDEAS and Global Challenge, or you’re an interested spectator, there are many upcoming dates for you to save! Questions? Drop Kate and Lars a note at globalchallengechallenge@mit.edu.

  • Pitch Kitchen – Polish Your Pitch (3/16 from 5-7pm in 4-145)
    Come cook up some project proposal goodness: rehearse your pitch in 6 minutes or less and get feedback from a range of panelists wizened and grizzled by experience. Come and learn from them in this relaxed and constructive session.  To RSVP send in your draft slidedeck, the names of the presenters, and the approximate time you can make it by.
  • Sign up to be a part of the Community Vote! (4/6)
    There are now 84 teams entering their shot at up to $150,000 in implementation awards this year. On April 6, you can vote forward the teams of your choices as part of the community choice awards. Register today to be notified when voting opens! In the meantime, get to know this year’s IDEAS and Global Challenge teams at http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/teams
  • IDEAS and Global Challenge Poster & Judging Session (4/25)
    Mark your calendar! Get to know this year’s entering teams in person and see their prototypes at the Poster & Judging session April 25 from 7:00-9:00pm in Lobby 10 at MIT. Questions? Email Kate and Lars at globalchallenge@mit.edu
  • IDEAS Competition and MIT Global Challenge Awards Ceremony (5/2)
    On May 2 the 2011 IDEAS Competition and MIT Global Challenge will award up $150,000 to a handful of these teams that represent the greatest innovation, feasibility, and potential for impact.  On behalf of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, MIT150, and the MIT Alumni Association we invite you to come celebrate the students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have shaped these ideas and brought these teams to the finish line. RSVP online today at: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/about/awards-rsvp

Assemble Lego Kits – Help Cambridge Students Learn Biology (4/2)

Manipulating Legos representing DNA, RNA, and proteins helps high school students learn about the molecular processes for DNA replication and gene expression, from introductory to advanced placement levels.  While the Lego materials have been funded, we need volunteers to assemble the subunits by working together for ~130 manhours per classroom set.  You are invited to help with this project on Saturday, April 2.  Shifts are at MIT during the following times:

9:30-12:30 - Count parts for DNA+protein kits and then build DNA nucleotides (Ages 10+)
1:30-4:30 - Check, label & crazy glue DNA nucleotides or amino acids (Ages 16+)

Please register by 3/25 at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22C2H9ZECNM/

Ongoing Opportunities

Participate in the FSILG&D Community Service Challenge

The FSILG&D Community Service Challenge asks MIT students to serve the community as a community. Find out whether your fraternity, sorority, independent living group or dorm has registered to compete to win the Service Cup. Contact your team leader and begin participating in community service today! A list of registered teams and additional information can be found here: web.mit.edu/FSILGDchallenge.

Apply to be on the Coop Board of Directors

Would you value an opportunity to gain practical business experience while you influence the way the Coop serves students and other members, and receive a stipend as too?

The Coop can offer you an opportunity to do just that as a member of the Coop Board of Directors. The Coop is now accepting applications from interested Harvard and MIT undergraduate and graduate degree candidate students to serve during the 2011-2012 academic school year. The elected student directors will have an opportunity to closely interact with academic and business professionals from the Harvard and MIT communities.

The Coop Board of Directors meets approximately six times during the school year. Service on committees offers additional opportunities for exposure in practically every area of business- finance-auditing-real estate, community relations and charitable giving.

It’s election season now so apply online at www.thecoop.com to be nominated as a candidate. Click on Student Election for complete information. **Only paid-up student Coop members who are degree candidates at Harvard and MIT may apply. For election information contact Allan Powell at aepowell@thecoop.com.

Apply for a Summer Grant!

Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center grants enable student service projects during the semester and summer. There is a rolling deadline, with a preferred deadline for summer travel of April 15! Grants cover travel and material expenses for public service projects locally, nationally, or internationally! Expedition Grants, supported by the Underclassmen Giving Campaign and the Alumni Association, enable continuing MIT students to travel to an unknown community and explore solutions to problems. Students have recently used Expedition Grants to start projects in New Orleans, Mexico, and Cameroon! Learn more at web.mit.edu/mitpsc/grants and https://giving.mit.edu/underclassmen-campaign/index.html

Be a Math Tutor for Cambridge Youth – 6 Weeks!

Cambridge youth need your Math expertise! As a MCAS Math Tutor you will be matched with one student (grades 4-6) preparing to take the Statewide Math Assessment Exam. You will meet with him/her on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7:00 for 6 weeks to work out of an MCAS Prep book and help your student practice and prepare for the test in May.

This opportunity is site-based at the Fletcher Maynard School at 225 Windsor St. between Central and Kendall Square. Practice materials will be provided by Tutoring Plus. Contact Sarah Morin at morin@tutoringplus.org with any questions, or fill out an application online at www.tutoringplus.org.

Submit a Video to the Reinventing Maternal Health Challenge

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Duke Global Health Institute and ABC News' Be the Change: Save a Life are pleased to announce an opportunity for university students—undergraduate, graduate and professional students—to share their big ideas and emerging innovations in maternal health care. The Reinventing Maternal Health Challenge is looking for university students from around the world to submit a five-minute video explaining their big idea for improving maternal health. The prize: $10,000 and the opportunity to deploy those ideas, or early prototypes, into the world.

Click here for complete rules and details. An international panel of global health experts will select the winning entries based on the innovation, potential impact and feasibility of the idea. Three finalists will be selected and one individual or team will win $10,000 and the opportunity to work with experts to develop and test the idea in the field. The Lemelson Foundation will connect the winner(s) with its partners who will offer mentorship support in the development, marketing and distribution process. The winner will also be invited to present his or her work before global health experts at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health http://cts.vresp.com/c/?ConsortiumofUniversi/b93f46993b/6ba26a6940/b44b0b33ee Conference in November in Montreal, Canada. (Conference registration will be available soon!)

Entries will be accepted at www.saveone.net http://cts.vresp.com/c/?ConsortiumofUniversi/b93f46993b/6ba26a6940/8aa465b43b through April 29. Winners will be announced in early May. Follow #maternalchallenge for updates on the competition or visit us on Facebook at Be the Change: Save a Life.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Apply for a PKG Center Funded Fellowship or Internship for the Summer (Deadline: 3/18)

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. Applications for summer projects must be submitted by noon on Friday, March 18!

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, with a preference for projects in the Americas

Find more information about both programs at http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/resources/internshipsandfellowships/index.html

Great project ideas on our website include:

Questions? Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu

Positions Available in Washington DC

You can spend the summer working in the nation’s capital. For each open position listed below, you would be paired with an MIT alumnus/alumna in Washington DC. For more information about applying, e-mail Linden McEntire at mcentire@mit.edu.

1. Intern with the Police Executive Research Forum
The Police Executive Research Forum intern duties include conducting database searches and literature reviews of policing and criminal justice issues, fielding information requests, helping staff with research projects, and administrative tasks. Interns will also work with senior staff to learn about public policy and the myriad issues that police face. Candidates must have excellent verbal, written, organizational and analytical skills. Candidates need to be proficient with MS Office and capable of conducting exhaustive internet searches. Knowledge of databases, academic or other, is a plus.

Website: http://www.policeforum.org/
Funding: Federal work-study students would receive $12 an hour. Other students are welcome to apply as volunteers.

2. Do research for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) seeks grad student interns. ACEEE is dedicated to advancing and deploying energy efficiency technologies and programs as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection.

The Local Energy Policy Intern will develop content for a Local Technical Assistance Toolkit to provide resources related to specific energy efficiency policy topics and detailed case studies on successful efforts in localities across the U.S. The Behavioral Aspects of Energy Use Intern will provide technical assistance to U.S. utilities interested in incorporating behavioral insights into their programs with the purpose of increasing both energy savings and customer engagement with smart grid technologies.

Website: http://www.aceee.org/about/jobs/local-energy-policy-intern, http://www.aceee.org/about/jobs/behavioral-aspects-energy-use-intern
Deadline: rolling
Funding: Federal work-study grad students would receive $15 an hour. Other students may receive a stipend from the organization.

3. Assist New Community for Children with summer programming
The summer Intern will lead special projects for New Community for Children in Washington, DC and assist with summer programming for kids in grades K-8. Ideal candidate has great research, project management, website management, social media, computer support skills, and likes working with kids. Responsibilities to include: Create a social media strategy; Update website and create a manual for maintenance and regular updates; Conduct an assessment of our technology and create an upgrade plan; Create data management plan for summer; Lead social media project for middle school.

Website: www.ncfc-dc.org
Funding: Federal work-study students would receive $12 an hour. Other students are welcome to apply as volunteers.

4. Promote Technology at Housing Initiative Partnership
Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc. (HIP) is an innovative nonprofit housing developer in Hyattsville, MD, on the DC green metro line. HIP’s Summer Technology Intern will be responsible for creating a central digital archive of all the organization’s photographs and articles, taking new photos of families benefiting from HIP’s housing and services, adding social media to the website, and training staff. Interested applications must demonstrate general computer savvy and knowledge of social media as well as excellent communication skills.

Website: http://hiphomes.org/wp/
Funding: Federal work-study students would receive $18 an hour. Other students are welcome to apply as volunteers.

5. Help Compass increase nonprofit capacity
Compass is a nonprofit organization that provides a program allowing business professionals (mainly MBA graduates from top business schools) to use their business skills to assist Washington nonprofits - free of charge. The intern will provide support for client selection, event planning, and producing Compass annual report.

Website: http://www.compassdc.org/index.html
Funding: Federal work-study students would receive $10 an hour. Other students are welcome to apply as volunteers.

6. Work for the Center for Science in the Public Interest
The Center for Science in the Public Interest seeks two interns to assist with their work. The Food Safety Intern’s work covers a broad array of topics, divided into the following areas of concentration: the production and inspection of meat, poultry, and seafood, sustainable organic agriculture, food additives, and pesticide safety. Intern must have a strong background in toxicology, biochemistry, biological sciences, law or public health. Applicants should have strong writing and computer skills.

Food Day is a major national event that CSPI is sponsoring this October. The goal is to educate the public and support policy measures on such issues as diet and health, sustainable agriculture, farm-animal welfare, and food insecurity. Food Day Interns will help develop materials, identify and work with local activists around the country, and answer inquiries from the public about how to get involved in Food Day.

Website: http://www.cspinet.org/about/jobs/200801042.html
Funding: $8-9 an hour

Join the Reasoning Mind Movement: Positions Available

Do you want to make a difference after graduation? Be a part of the movement that is transforming education.

Reasoning Mind is a non-profit that is using the internet to close the mathematics achievement gap for children from disadvantaged communities. Using RM’s 2-6th grade interactive online program as a tool, teachers individualize lessons for each child. Students work on the computer and develop a love of mathematics while they build critical thinking skills that will lead to their success in the future. For more information, visit www.reasoningmind.org.

You are strongly encouraged to apply to work with this movement. Application deadlines are as follows:

Intern Deadline: April 15, 2011.
Full-time Position Deadlines: March 14, 2011 and April 18, 2011

Open positions are summarized below. To read the full job descriptions or apply, please visit http://careers.reasoningmind.org. Contact jobs@reasoningmind.org with questions.

Positions Available:

1. Analyst - Work to enhance RM’s software, curriculum, and business processes. Analysts serve as managers and participants on a wide range of projects, including:

  • Designing/redesigning aspects of the software’s student and teacher interfaces
  • Designing the processes by which many RM departments do their work
  • Evaluating and analyzing the performance of students in RM classrooms


2. Program Coordinator - Be responsible for making the RM program a success at schools. You will work with approximately 30 teachers to dramatically improve achievement for more than 1,000 students. Responsibilities include:

  • Visiting classrooms to coach and collaborate with teachers as well as work with students
  • Analyzing data and monitoring progress to guarantee students’ weaknesses are remedied
  • Problem-solving and designing creative solutions for any situation that arises


3. Summer Intern - Use your skills to determine the projects you will work on in this 8 or 10 week unpaid internship. Projects can be as diverse as:

  • Data analysis and education research
  • Video editing and web design
  • Event planning and public relations


Serve while having a Hands-On Learning Experience in Washington, DC

The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service offers you a chance to put your talents towards affecting change. IPVS is an eight-week academic internship program held in Washington, D.C. for undergraduate students interested in volunteerism and careers in the nonprofit sector. The Institute combines substantive professional experience for 30 hours a week with a challenging academic experience worth 6 credit hours from Georgetown University. All students are housed on campus in apartment-style dorms.

This summer’s IPVS application deadline has been extended to March 25, 2011 with scholarship funding available. You still have the opportunity to be placed in an internship that puts you on the front-lines of our nation’s recovery and renewal. With IPVS you can:

  • Provide families with educational programs that combat childhood obesity.
  • Help to advance public health by conducting intake interviews.
  • Facilitate enrichment opportunities for at-risk youth that encourage future successes.
  • Translate legal service documents and consultations for low-income immigrants.
  • Raise money and awareness for diseases that affect millions.
  • Provide direct emergency services to clients at a homeless shelter.
  • Research nonprofit policy and report on agency benefits.
  • Engage the local community in a park clean-up that revitalizes urban green spaces.

Application Instructions: To take advantage of the extended deadline, please contact Kristen Wright, Program Coordinator for the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service kwright@tfas.org or 800.741.6964. We will work with you to help you complete your application and ensure that it qualifies for the extended deadline. For more information or to start an application, please visit our website at www.DCinternships.org/IPVS

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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