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Community Service Bulletin

April 3, 2013


CITE-PKG Center: USAID Community Partner Interns and Program Development Fellowships (Due 4/15)

Interested in international development and technology? Looking for a summer opportunity here in Cambridge or abroad? Check out these new internships offered through a USAID grant that supports the new Comprehensive Initiative for Technology Evaluation (CITE) with the involvement of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center (PKG Center).

CITE-PKG Center: USAID Community Partner Interns: Undergraduate or graduate students will serve as summer interns with CITE partner organizations, such as Mercy Corps, Kopernik, Partners in Health and Oxfam. Cambridge-Boston paid internships may be full-time or part-time for 4-12 weeks during the summer. The work will provide support for communities in Haiti, Senegal, and other areas. Full-time internships for 4-10 weeks are also available in Indonesia and Senegal with Mercy Corps, Kopernik, and other organizations. Travel, accommodations, and living expenses will be covered through an internship stipend.

CITE-PKG Center: USAID Program Development Fellowships offer graduate and undergraduate students the chance to become part of the CITE program development team. Students will work on campus with CITE staff and faculty to develop and implement programming that engages MIT students and others in CITE’s work, which may include a conference, lectures, web site, and more. We’re looking for creative, hard working, organized students to help us develop the events and programs that will make CITE a great success. The Fellowships offer an hourly stipend for part-time or full-time summer work (10-40 hours/week).

Interested? Contact cite-psc@mit.edu for application materials

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

4/9: Summer Community Service Work-Study Information Session

Tuesday, April 9, 7-8 p.m., W11-155

Attend an information session to learn about finding a job locally or anywhere around the country during the summer. Community Service Work-Study is an opportunity for students with Federal work-study to give back to the community and earn a paycheck. Contact Linden McEntire to RSVP for the session at mcentire@mit.edu.

4/14-19: Helping Someone with a Disability Learn to Bike

Orientation/Training: Sunday afternoon, April 14th (2 hours)

Riding Program: Monday - Friday, April 15th – 19th
There are five 90-minute time-slots available each day; volunteers attend the same time slot(s) each day.

Location: Ottoson Middle School, 63 Acton St., Arlington, MA

Volunteer Requirements:

  • At least 14 years old
  • Able to attend one or more 90-minute sessions at the same time each day of camp (each session consists of a 75 minute riding session plus a 15 minute training/debriefing)
  • Able to provide physical, emotional and motivational support to assigned rider
  • Able and willing to get some exercise (light jogging/running) for a great cause!

iCan Shine is a nonprofit organization that teaches individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle through its week-long iCan Bike day camp.

Volunteer Opportunity: Be a “spotter” for the same rider for each of the 5 days of camp and experience the thrill of giving the gift of riding a bike! 75 invigorating minutes per day. t just may be the most rewarding exercise and emotional experience you’ve ever had!

Email: arlingtonbikecamp@gmail.com, http://icanshine.org/ican-bike-arlington-ma/

4/27: Have Fun Playing with Children

Saturday, April 27, 7:30-3:30

Play is fundamental to child development. Take care of and have fun with 3- and 4- year olds while their parents attend the Regional Conference for Families with Children with Visual Impairments. Perkins School for the Blind has wonderful playgrounds and classrooms, plus scheduled activities. Receive training to care for visually impaired children and their sighted siblings, plus volunteer under the supervision of a professional nanny with many years of experience.

Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, http://www.perkins.org/about-us/contact/directions/
Details at http://www.pmd.org/popup.phtml?id=670
Contact: Lori@pmd.org, 781-963-0373
Register online by 4/8 at http://s.zoomerang.com/s/pmd042713

4/27: Volunteer sought to lead a tour of MIT

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.

We are looking at Saturday morning, April 27 9:30 –noon. Please contact Linda Saris at 781.696.0899.

6/22 – 7/6: Voluntary Consultancy at YGA in Istanbul

The program will take place between June 22 - July 6, 2013 (including an orientation and cultural tour in Istanbul). The consultant is expected to work 45 hours per week.

YGA is one of the most respectable and rapidly growing non-profit organizations in Turkey. It was established in 2000 with a vision to cultivate “socially-conscious leaders” through field experience. Voluntary consultant will be working actively on the design and development of Social Entrepreneurship Program, a new e-leadership program of YGA designed for high school students. He/She will be responsible to innovate a strategic road map for the project, which will create large-scale impact among 4 million high school students in Turkey.
Contact: Omer Gorgulu, +905304987860

Ongoing Opportunities

IPA is hiring in Kenya

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), is an international non-profit research organization. IPA works globally and has employed several MIT alumni in their Kenya programs. IPA works with development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches to solving development problems, to communicate “what works” in development and to scale up successful projects in a variety of fields, including health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture.

The positions are: http://www.poverty-action.org/getinvolved/jobs/Africa/IPAKenya100888
and http://www.poverty-action.org/getinvolved/jobs/Africa/IPAKenya100887

Youth Venture Be A Changemaker Bootcamp

The Youth Venture Be A Changemaker Bootcamp, powered by Philips, will bring undergraduates from select colleges and universities in the greater Boston area together to participate in a daylong bootcamp focused on social venture creation and the development of career-relevant changemaker skills. All bootcamp participants will be invited to present their venture ideas at a Community Panel comprised of Philips judges, and attend a reception to discuss their ventures informally with industry experts, connect with prospective mentors, and learn about Philips’ organizational management strategies and career opportunities.

By participating, undergraduate and graduate students will have access to:

  • Training and support around social venture creation and idea generation
  • Materials and resources invaluable to starting and maintaining a Venture
  • Experience and skills that will allow for a greater range of career opportunities and a stand-out resume
  • Career opportunities and career placement services with Philips

Undergraduates 22 years of age and under will additionally have access to:

  • Loan capital of up to $1,000 to start a Venture
  • Identification with a global movement of 100,000+ Changemakers in the Youth Venture network
  • Fellowship opportunities that allow for personal and Venture growth:
  • Webinar series
  • Post-launch funding competitions
  • Mentoring
  • Online platform
  • Global Summits

Jennifer Hartzell, jhartzell@youthventure.org, 703-600-8326

G.E.D. tutor sought for visually impaired man

Volunteer tutor needed for visually impaired man new to the U.S. who is working to get his G.E.D./high school diploma. Hours are flexible, as is location. He can come to campus or you can go to Chelsea. He would like help with math, reading, writing, and general comprehension. Please call Folly Nostron at 617-889-0891.

Citizens Bank TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship (Deadline 419)

Citizens Bank will be once again offering the TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship program, which supplements the cost of college education and rewards students for their volunteer efforts. Now in its third year, Citizens Bank will award a total of $50,000 in college scholarships to students who demonstrate good citizenship through community volunteerism and leadership. The application period for the TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship will begin on Monday, April 1 and run through Friday, April 19, 2013 or until 3,000 applications have been received.

Citizens Bank will award 40 college scholarships totaling $50,000. One winner will receive $5,000; four winners each will receive $2,500; and 35 winners each will receive $1,000. Applicants are asked to submit an essay of no more than 250 words or a video up to 60 seconds long that describes their community volunteerism and leadership. They must also provide two references that are directly connected to their community involvement. For full details, rules and to apply, go to citizensbank.com/scholarship.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Summer Creative Marketing Fellow at Essmart (Deadline 4/30)

Do you have a knack for design and an ability to communicate big ideas simply? Essmart, a new social enterprise based in southern India, is looking for a Creative Marketing Fellow who will take the lead on Essmart's India-facing, on-the-ground marketing strategy, as well as contribute to US-facing marketing materials. As a Creative Marketing Fellow, you will have the opportunity to execute market research in Pollachi, Tamil Nadu through interviews with Essmart's shop owners and rural households. The goal is develop a diverse marketing portfolio that includes written testimonials, short videos, infographics, a catalogue, and other branded marketing materials that can quickly and effectively communicate Essmart's value proposition and quality brand to shop owners and households.

We're looking for an innovative, self-starting, hard-working, and socially-driven individual to join our team. As an integral member of Essmart's team, you'll be given substantial responsibility and discretion to create your own solutions to our marketing gaps. You will work closely with Essmart's Co-Founder/COO, Head of Field Operations, and Sales Executives, who will all provide ample support and direction if needed.

Proficient with Adobe CS 5 or 6 (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop), Wordpress, Twitter, and Facebook
Experience with film and editing software such as iMovie, Adobe Pro, or Final Cut
Tamil Language skills are highly favorable, but they are not required as translators can be used


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