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Community Service Bulletin

March 20, 2013

Spotlight

Apply for Funded Public Service Fellowships and Internship for the Summer! (Deadline: 3/21)

The Fellowships and Internships programs both support MIT students working on capacity-building service projects around the world. Students work with community-focused organizations such as non-profits, schools, and social enterprises.

This summer, we particularly encourage applications for projects in Chile and Colombia. However, we fund projects around the corner in Cambridge, across the US, and around the world. (Note that Colombia is a Moderate Travel Warning country;http://informit.mit.edu/epr/3.0travel.html/ so projects in Colombia must show excellent risk management and there are restrictions on project locations and transportation methods);

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

Applications for summer projects must be submitted by noon on March 21.

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

Volunteer to Lead a Tour of MIT

We are looking at Saturday morning, April 27 9:30 - noon.

Or if you can mobilize faster - March 30, 9:30 - noon

We want to get a group of middle school students from Salem, MA excited about careers in STEM and is there any better place to do this than MIT? Most of the students are from low-income homes and for many it will be the first time on a college campus and first time exposed to STEM careers.

We are looking for 3 - 4 volunteers to help organize and lead a large group of 6th and 7th graders (broken down into smaller groups) on a tour of the ""cool"" places on campus. We leave it up to your ingenuity to design the tour. It might also include a trip to the MIT Museum. We know how crazy you guys can be - so show us your stuff.

Please contact Linda Saris at 781.696.0899

Jun 2: Volunteer for AIDS Walk Boston & 5k Run

Where: DCR Hatch Memorial Shell Charles River Esplanade in Boston
Time: 7am-2pm (Volunteer shifts vary)
Every year since 1986, our community has gathered on the first Sunday in June for AIDS Walk Boston, an annual grassroots community event benefiting AIDS Action Committee. At the beginning of the epidemic, a diagnosis of HIV was a death sentence. Many lost loved ones, friends, and co-workers to an illness we knew very little about. While the Walk has grown and changed to reflect the mood of the times, members of the New England community continue to assemble united by a common cause. Over the past twenty-seven years, over 300,000 people have participated in the AIDS Walk and 5K Run and raised nearly $40 million for the programs and services of AIDS Action. The money raised at the AIDS Walk and 5K Run is the largest single source of maintaining the health of individuals living with the disease and preventing the spread of the epidemic. Just as important, the AIDS Walk and 5K Run also raises awareness of the impact HIV/AIDS has on individuals, families, and the community at large. Learn more at www.aidswalkboston.org.

Contact: Sharon Glasser, 617-450-1520

Ongoing Opportunities

Come Be a Part of Maker Corps

The Maker Education Initiative (MakerEd.org) was established to create more opportunities for young people to participate in making as an engaging form of learning that can spark interest in science, technology, engineering, math, and the arts. We want young people to join—and eventually lead—the growing Maker Movement, a community that combines creative ideas and technical skills to develop and share interdisciplinary projects online and at events such as Maker Faire (MakerFaire.com).

We are recruiting Maker Corps members that will serve as near-peer mentors and role models in a variety of community settings. Maker Corps members will be employed at a Host Site for the summer of 2013 to engage children and families in creative projects that develop problem-solving skills, while gaining experience serving as a community leader.

Applicants must be 18-22 years old as of June 1, 2013 and live or attend school within the community hosting a Maker Corps team.

Apply at http://makered.org/maker-corps-member-online-application/ Detailed description and job requirements attached. Questions? Contact Lydia Beall Design Challenges Program Manager, Museum of Science, Boston lbeall@mos.org

Get involved in the MIT Founders Skills Accelerator

The MIT Founders' Skills Accelerator (FSA) gives MIT student teams the opportunity to make significant progress on their startup ideas during the summer, without leaving MIT, and receive up to $20K in milestone payments for doing so. Teams will have dedicated work space, a specialized educational program, and access to a network of mentors. A temporary advisory committee will help keep teams on track with simulated board meetings throughout the summer. Eligible MIT team members can also receive $1K/month fellowships.

Applications will open in March. Keep up to date on all things FSA by signing up for the mailing list at http://entrepreneurship.mit.edu/fsa

The Founders' Skills Accelerator is an initiative throughout all of MIT's schools, with resources provided by the MIT Skoltech Initiative, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, MIT Venture Mentoring Service, MIT Technology Licensing Office, Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program, MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, SUTD-MIT International Design Centre, and more!

GESI (Deadline 4/1)

GESI is a unique opportunity to receive Northwestern credit while making a positive impact on communities abroad. GESI attracts the most passionate and capable students from across the country.

What: GESI students 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 & Haiti, Nicaragua, India, South Africa, or Uganda.
When: June 17- August 24, 2013.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until April 1st. Spaces are filling up fast, so apply today to secure your spot in your first choice country location.

More information can be found on our website: www.gesi.northwestern.edu. To see examples of student projects from previous years, visit our facebook page and look at the albums.

Apply online at www.gesi.northwestern.edu/application-process.

2013 Ford College Community Challenge (Ford C3) (Deadline 5/6)

Ford Motor Company Fund invites you to apply for the 2013 Ford College Community Challenge (Ford C3)- - an innovative national challenge-grant initiative. Winning proposals must address, in some creative way, a tangible, unmet community need and propose a solution that will help build a sustainable community. Ford will choose up to 10 outstanding proposals and these winning schools or student organizations will receive a $25, 000 grant to implement their ideas.

How to Enter:
Visit https://www.fordscholars.org/ford-college-community-challenge
Download the proposal template or input your proposal in the online form
Submit proposals no later than May 6, 2013

Important Dates:
Ford College Community Challenge opens: March 18, 2013
Proposal submission deadline: May 6, 2013
Top 20 proposals announced: May 20, 2013
Winners selected: Mid-June, 2013
Projects implemented: June 2013 – Spring 2014

Calls for proposals for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Program (Deadline 5/7)

Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.

Proposals are being accepted online until May 7, 2013 on the following topics:

  • The "One Health" Concept: Bringing Together Human and Animal Health for New Solutions - NEW
  • Increasing Interoperability of Social Good Data - NEW
  • Develop the Next Generation of Condom - NEW
  • New Approaches for Detection, Treatment, and Control of Selected Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Labor Saving Strategies and Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at: www.grandchallenges.org/explorations

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Apply for a D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowship

The Scale-Ups fellowship program is an acceleration platform for MIT innovators and entrepreneurs turning poverty alleviating technologies into commercially scalable products. Phase I applications are open and due by April 3.

The Scale-Ups Phase I program focuses on the newest MIT social entrepreneurs who:

  • Have a new or improved hardware device to meet a defined Base of the Pyramid need.
  • Are available to work full-time on the project and spend 6-8 weeks in the target market.
  • Have project-based experience in a developing country.
  • Have a community partner and a technology mentor committed to the project.
  • Are graduating from an undergraduate or graduate program during the 2012-2013 year.

The fellowship runs June 1 to September 30 and provides $5,000 for travel and materials. You can download the Phase I application guidelines and program information

Apply for the Alva Fellowships Program and receive $13,500!!

Are you incubating a remarkable invention? Applications are now open for our second annual Alva Fellowship program, which will provide seed grants to empower the next generation of inventors to take action on their ideas.

Presented with our friends at GE, the Alva Fellowships will select three winners under 30 years of age who have demonstrated remarkable potential to create useful and innovative new products or services that will help the world work better.

The Alva Fellows will be identified through an application process in which young creators share their qualifications as idea executors and outline a specific proposal for a new product or service that they want to bring to market.

All Alva Fellowship winners will receive a $13,500 cash grant to be used in the creation of the proposed product, as well as 1 complimentary ticket to the 2013 99U Conference, a $1,500 travel stipend, and access to GE's many experts and educational resources around the world.

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