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Community Service Bulletin

August 15, 2012

School-time bulletin schedule

The Community Service Opportunities e-bulletin will resume a weekly schedule in September. Please submit your opportunities for next month’s bulletin by 9 a.m. on Sept. 3 for inclusion in the Sept. 5 newsletter via our web form: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/wheretolook/bulletin/csb-posting-form.html

Spotlight

Find a great volunteer opportunity at the MIT Community Service Fair!

Looking to give back to your community? Build your resume? Acquire new skills? Broaden your horizons? Then come to the Fall 2012 MIT Community Service Fair! Don't miss your chance to meet over 30 local nonprofit organizations and find a great service opportunity!

Wednesday, September 5, 2011, 1:00-3:00pm
Lobby 10 and the Bush Room (10-105)

This event is open to the entire MIT Community, will have free food, and is sponsored by the MIT Public Service Center. For more information, contact servicefair@mit.edu

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Improve Spy Pond shore by selectively weeding (9/8)

People Making a Difference (PMD) is a nonprofit organization that promotes informed and responsible volunteerism by involving people in tangible work that meets local needs and by assisting companies and charities in building successful community involvement programs that produce appreciable results while conserving recipients' limited resources, educate volunteers about broader issues, bring people together to make a difference.

As part of Arlington's Vision 2020 Task Group, the Spy Pond Committee includes promoting a healthy diversity of plants and wildlife among its goals. We will be assisting the Friends of Spy Pond Park (FSSP), a nonprofit that supports the preservation, enhancement, and enjoyment of Spy Pond Park and Spy Pond as natural and community resources, by selectively weeding competitors of native pond shore plant species. Training provided.

Sign up for primary date, Saturday, September 8 from 1:15 PM to 4:15 PM, and/OR rain date, Sunday, 9/9. Register online at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22GEDE6TBP3/

Incomplete submissions cannot be honored. After you successfully complete PMD's online registration, you will see a confirmation screen--You will NOT receive any confirmation email message. Then a few days before the project, PMD will email specific information, including directions to the project site (by public transportation and by car), what to expect, a checklist on how to prepare, a map, and waiver/release forms.

Volunteer at Alzheimer’s Association/Reach the Beach Relay Race (9/14)

The Alzheimer's Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter's "Run for the Memory" program is proud to be a charitable partner of the 2012 New Hampshire Reach the Beach Relay Race! The relay starts at Cannon Mountain, Franconia, NH and finishes at Hampton Beach State Park, Hampton Beach, NH. Dozens of Run for the Memory team members will run approximately 200 miles on behalf of the Alzheimer's Association to raise funds to support our mission and raise awareness of this terrible disease.

Along the route there are transition areas (TAs) where the runners will "pass the baton" until they "reach the beach!" Volunteers are critical to continuing our partnership with Reach the Beach Relay - we need your help! Volunteers receive a free meal and a t-shirt. We are staffing daytime shifts at the start line at Cannon Mountain, Franconia, NH on Friday, September 14th, between 7am and 4pm with volunteers. Volunteer duties will include assisting with team photos, registration, set-up, clean-up, handing out food, cheering on runners, and more.

For more information about volunteering and to sign up for a shift, please contact Meg Burdt at 617-393-2023 or mburdt@alz.org, www.alz.org/manh.

Attend the Millennium Campus Conference (9/14-15)

On September 14-15, 2012, at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, a mass gathering of 1,000 students and 100 professionals will take place to update the world's youth on the progress of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. This summit, called the Millennium Campus Conference, is run by students for students who have an interest in international or domestic development work. The conference strives to provide some of the highest levels of thought on important topics such as social enterprise, gender equality, foreign aid, and technology innovation. This is also an incredible opportunity to network with other aspiring students, NGO's, and government agencies.

Join us and other major keynotes speakers who in the past have included Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, K'naan, John Legend, Scott Harrison, and more. We are looking for the right kind of attendees: those who have a deep passion or curiosity for doing work that changes lives.

For more information and to register, visit: www.mcc2012.org.

Volunteer at American Heart Association’s 2012 Boston Heart Walk (9/15)

The volunteers at our Walk are always a core component of its success and helping to make sure all of the participants have a great day of celebration! If you are enthusiastic, energetic and fun… come spend the morning contributing to a great cause and making people smile!

Event Details

  • Saturday, September 15, 2012
  • DCR Hatch Shell, Boston
  • Registration – 9:00am
  • Red Cap Wave – 9:30am
  • Rolling Start:
    • 6 mile at 10:30am
    • 1 & 2 mile at 11:00am
  • 12,000+ Participants
  • 1-, 2- or 6-mile noncompetitive walk routes
  • Live entertainment, free health screenings, healthy snacks, kids zone, family fun!

Example Volunteer Positions (8:00am – 1:30pm)

  • Registration/Money Collection
  • Kids Zone – face painting, game leading, etc
  • Start/Finish Line, Walk Route – cheering, route signs/directions
  • Water Stops – handing out bottled water (with the occasional high five J )
  • Food tent – handing out food/drinks

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Alecia Marino at heartwalk@conventures.com or 617-204-4222. Visit the Walk site at: www.BostonHeartWalk.org

Volunteer at United Way Day of Caring (9/20)

Across the state on September 20, community volunteers are stepping up to contribute their time, talent and service to help our non profit organizations, our school, our cities and towns to complete tasks they otherwise could not attend to.

We need 500 volunteers to extend momentum locally. We welcome volunteers from the community; Schools, Businesses, Churches and Civic Groups to Join us for an extraordinary day of service that will positively impact our human service providers and their clients, our educators and their students, our cities and towns and their residents.

Volunteers make the difference in the quality of life in North Central Massachusetts. Join with volunteers in your community, and show the power of Living United.

For more information and to sign up, visit: www.uwncm.org/Day_of_Caring.php

Volunteer at Boston Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (10/13-14)

Join the American Cancer Society in the fight to end breast cancer. The Society’s 20th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Boston is set for Sunday, October 14, 2012. The special milestone event, which starts and end at the DCR Hatch Shell, will unite the community to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate women about the importance of prevention and early detection, raise funds for the Society’s breast cancer research and programs, and commemorate two decades of making a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

Volunteers are needed the day before Making Strides, on Saturday October 13, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m., at the DCR Hatch Shell in Boston to help prepare snack bags for walkers, as well as set up for the following day’s event. On Sunday, October 14, volunteers are needed at the DCR Hatch Shell and along the Charles River Esplanade in Boston to help set up, clean up, cheer on walkers, give out water and act as route monitors. Times vary depending on the volunteer role.

To sign up to volunteer, to form a team of walkers, or for more information, visit cancer.org/stridesonline, email strides_boston@cancer.org, or call 1-800-227-2345 by October 5, 2012

Volunteer at the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Walk (10/28)

The National Kidney Foundation's (NKF) Kidney Walk presents an occasion for dialysis patients, organ transplant recipients, donor families, living donors, the medical communities, and the general public to celebrate LIFE and support the NKF mission. Volunteering with the NKF gives you a chance to be a part of our ongoing effort to help the 26 million Americans with kidney disease live richer, fuller lives. Help us to raise awareness about early detection, risk factors, and the importance of organ donation.

How can you help? We need people of all ages and interests to help with our largest community event of the year, Kidney Walk. This year the Kidney Walk will be held at Canal Park in Cambridge on Sunday, October 28, 2012. This event is a fun, inspiring fundraiser that brings together community, friends and families. Volunteers are an enormous contribution to the success of our Kidney Walk event. We hope that you will consider joining us!

Some areas where we need help would include: Event Set up; Event Clean Up; Registration/Check In; Course Marshalls; Kids Corner; Walker Prizes; Greeters; Food Tent and many other areas.

We would love to have you or your group involved. Please contact Judi at Judi.Sem@kidney.org or 781.278.0222 if you would like more information or to say you will volunteer!

Ongoing Opportunities

Work at the PSC as a Graphic Design/Publicity Assistant (deadline: 8/31)

As the MIT Public Service Center (PSC) prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2013, we are seeking a creative, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented student assistant to design communications materials and assist with strategic publicity. The position is 10 hrs/wk.

Possible tasks include: assisting with the brainstorming, design, and production of PSC collateral, including posters, brochures, calendars, newsletters, and reports; working with PSC staff in developing publicity plans for the office’s 25th anniversary celebrations in 2013; identifying photos to use in various outlets and acquiring permissions; updating content on the PSC website; and thinking creatively about how to visually represent the PSC on and beyond campus.

Qualifications include proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop; creative and strategic thinker; able to work independently and as part of a team; and HTML, photography, and/or video editing skills are a plus.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and design samples to Kevin Leonardi at kevinleo@mit.edu by August 31.

Work at the PSC as a Writing/Communications Assistant (deadline: 8/31)

As the MIT Public Service Center (PSC) prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2013, we are seeking a creative, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented student writing/communications assistant to work as a dynamic storyteller for the PSC. This position is 10 hrs/wk.

Possible tasks include brainstorming with staff to identify stories to tell that are representative of the PSC; researching, interviewing, and writing for a variety of outlets - including MIT News, the PSC website, the PSC newsletter, and several blogs; capturing photos and videos to tell and enhance stories; compiling data to communicate about the PSC in a compelling way to a variety of audiences (including donors, students, faculty, staff, and alumni); updating content on the PSC website; and thinking creatively about how to tell stories on and beyond campus

Qualifications include being a strong writer, comfortable writing in a variety of styles; proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel; able to work independently and as part of a team; and HTML, photography, and/or video editing skills are a plus.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and writing samples to Kevin Leonardi at kevinleo@mit.edu by August 31.

Get involved with the Villa Victoria Documentary Project

Abstract: The project is looking at the impact that a small latino community can have on the social and spatial development of a place in the US through community activism and grassroots organizing. We explore the elements of the community to understand the heroic actions of the past and the current issues of gentrification that inform the community's future. Social islanding is the segregation of communities. The largely Puerto Rican community of Villa Victoria resides in a visually distinct section of Boston’s South End. Although surrounded by a culturally diverse section of the city, it remains isolated from its neighbors both socially and economically. The history of Villa Victoria (literally Victory Village) stands as an important example of community activism as an effective model for social change. The documentary project PARCEL 19 aims at harnessing the power of this history by capturing it in collaboration with the community members themselves. Engaging residents to tell their own history will increase their sense of pride in their neighborhood and encourage more community ownership for future generations. The resulting documentary will also provide an opportunity to spark a broader conversation about how social islands form in cities and how they maintain identity in the context of both strong and weak bonds with the majority culture.

Project: In addition to engaging the community in telling its own history, Jenny Larios Berlin and the committee (residents and staff) plan to utilize emerging storytelling technology to house the documentary in an online, interactive format. In this way, both the residents of Villa Victoria and the broader Boston community will have access to the rich history of this neighborhood. Today, there is very little interaction with the greater South End community for various reasons, among them the discomfort arising from misconceptions of what one group thinks about the other. This interactive project will grant an understanding of what Villa Victoria represents, and can allow outsiders a portrait of a positive, powerful and engaged Latino community. Lastly, beyond the borders of the city of Boston, this documentary and its accompanying online format can be accessed on a nationwide and worldwide scale to generate conversation around the issues of social islanding, affordable housing and racial inequality that exist in the United States and around the world today with the goal of mobilizing a coalition of Latino communities to learn from and support each other.

How To Get Involved: We are looking for individuals interested in filming, storytelling, and media making. If you would like to know more about the project and see how you can help please contact Jenny Larios Berlin at jennylb@mit.edu or 202-997-5176.

Work with MIT IDEAS Global Challenge as Communications/Events Coordinator

The Public Service Center is 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. Our events are one of the key touchpoints of the program and engage people from around the Institute and leaders from organizations worldwide. The events happen both on and off campus. We’re looking for 15-19 hours/week, August 2012-May 2013, at $12/hr.

This year beyond our standard set of events, we're launching with collaborators around the Institute, our first one-day conference on technology dissemination for development.

I see this person as being adept at organizing details big and small, creative, good with people, a strong communicator, and fun to work with. This person will anticipate, plan and execute what we need in advance of an event, what needs to happen on the day of and follow up coverage.

Responsibilities include:

  • 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, news articles and much more.
    • Designing creative ads, postering around campus, and chalking the sidewalks.
  • Events:
    • Run the logistics of events from decorating to power cords.
    • Coordinating volunteers for events.
    • Major events include, but not limited to: two Generator Dinners, one Awards Celebration, one Poster Session, Alumni Events, a one-day conference and more.
  • Other duties and responsibilities performed as needed. When you're not managing events, come help with other projects!

Ideally, you're a graduate student whose time is flexible to match dates of events. We can talk about a calendar in person. Is this you? Drop Kate Mytty a note: kmytty@mit.edu

Work with MIT IDEAS Global Challenge as Volunteer and Team Coordinator

We have a rockstar volunteer crew who helps make the program happen. During the academic year volunteers help run events, make publicity happen, and work with teams. Beyond that, every year we have about 80 teams that enter the IDEAS Global Challenge. Between our 20+ person volunteer crew and the 80 teams, that's a lot of people that we have the pleasure of getting to know and a lot of people to manage. This position is 15-19 hours/week, September 2012-May 2013 at $12/hr.

I'm looking for someone who enjoys working with and managing people. I see this position as a key connection for teams and volunteers. Ideally, you'll be adept at managing a lot of details - schedules, room bookings - while also being able to manage and deploy 20+ people to the best of their abilities.

Specifically, you would:

  • Recruit volunteers
    • Help recruit students, staff and other individuals from the MIT community and beyond to be part of our volunteer crew.
  • Manage volunteers
    • Organize and lead volunteer reviewers and help the Events Coordinator manage volunteer eventers.
  • Work with teams
    • A key piece to the program is coordinating details with teams – from times of events and judging, to organizing peer mentorship. We see your role as helping teams know the whats and whens.

Ideally, you're a graduate student with flexible time. The schedule is busier during certain key points in the year which we can talk about in person. Overall, it's an awesome opportunity to meet some of the upcoming social innovators at MIT and manage a great volunteer crew.

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

Volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association assisting with office support

Join us as a volunteer at the Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter! We are looking for office volunteer support as we gear up for our 11 upcoming Walks to End Alzheimer's. Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Since 1989, the Walk has raised more than $347 million nationally. The MA/NH Chapter will host 11 walks in 2012, but walks are held in nearly 600 locations nationwide.

Tasks will include coordinating mailings of important information to team captains and potential walkers, responding to walker and donor inquiries, creating promotional materials, assisting with resource information research, assisting with the maintenance of our database and accurate data entry, and other various assignments as needed by the Walk team.

The ideal volunteer will be computer-savvy and comfortable using Microsoft Office Suite. Prior experience working in a database is a plus, however training will be provided. The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, as well as the flexibility to step in wherever needed and provide hands-on assistance are essential to this position.

The volunteer position will report to our Chapter headquarters in Watertown, MA on weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Schedule can be flexible (10-15 hours a week), but a commitment must be made to the schedule that is decided upon. Contact Meg Burdt at VolunteersMANH@alz.org, 617-868-6718 x2023, www.alz.org/manh.

Volunteer at the Cambridge YMCA’s afterschool program

At the Cambridge YMCA Afterschool Program, children have many opportunities to grow and discover new hobbies and interests. Children have access to a wide range of enrichment and educational activities including musical theatre, arts and crafts, swimming lessons, boxing, book making club, math club and sports club. Children are also offered a quiet, supervised space specifically for completing homework.

Cambridge YMCA is looking for one to two volunteers to help children in the homework room weekdays from 3pm – 5pm, beginning 9/21. Contact Chad Shabazz at cshabazz@cambymca.org or 617-661-9622, ext. 721, www.cambymca.org.

Tutor with Paraclete Academy

The Paraclete Academy is an after-school educational enrichment program for disadvantaged, urban youth. We began in 1997 and have served 995 students from 715 households—almost a third of South Boston’s families.

We focus on the critical learning years from 4th grade to 6th grade, providing accelerated reading programs, programs in math and science, and many other project-based activities throughout the year. We prepare our students for the best schools in Boston while ensuring that they and their families are able to navigate the complexities of the Boston educational system. We assist them with admittance to the middle schools and high schools of their choice.

Paraclete Academy is looking for tutors to assist youth, for many of whom English is not the first language, individually with homework, math and English schools once a week any time between 3pm and 8pm. Paraclete Academy is located at 207 East Street, South Boston, near the Andrew Station Red Line stop. Contact Sandra Lucero at slucero@paraclete.org or 617-268-5552, www.paraclete.org.

Tutor/Mentor Youth in Cambrige with Tutoring Plus

The Mission of Tutoring Plus of Cambridge is to support and encourage the academic, personal, and social growth of youth in Cambridge with the help of volunteers and community partners. We have over 200 tutors and mentors spread over six different sites, serving more than 145 Cambridge Youth.

Tutoring Plus is seeking tutors and mentors for Cambridge students to develop an out-of-school learning relationship that makes a difference in the life of students. These students are struggling in one or more academic subjects, and have expressed an interest in receiving extra help. Tutors are matched with students based on personality and compatible academic strengths and needs.

During the course of the school year, tutors in all programs establish a relationship with the student they work with on a regular basis. The highly personalized learning environment benefits both the student, and you, the tutor. Tutoring Plus wants your energy and creativity to make a difference in the lives of Cambridge students. That’s the “Plus” difference.

Tutors are needed for the following programs:

High School One-on-One Tutoring - Time Commitment- 90 minutes per week; 6-7:30pm, for at least one semester. You Choose the Day- Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. We have 3 convenient Cambridge locations.

Middle School Tutoring Centers - Time Commitment- One Hour/week; 6-7 pm for at least one semester. You Choose the Day- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. We offer 3 convenient Cambridge locations.

New Tutor Orientation is being held in September, and Fall programs will begin in October, so apply today! Applications are available online at: www.tutoringplus.org/tutor/tutorForm.html. To learn more about our programs, visit our web site at www.tutoringplus.org.

Volunteer Overseas with the Peace Corps

Peace Corps provides education and technical training to citizens of other countries and fosters cross-cultural exchange. Since 1961, over 200,000 volunteers have served in 139 countries worldwide. Peace Corps is looking for individuals to share their knowledge and skills in education, health, agriculture, the environment, business advising, and IT. Volunteers live in a local community and work with governments, schools, non-profits, and entrepreneurs to provide guidance, skill transfer, and opportunities for cultural exchange. Countries of service include over 70 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Pacific Islands.

Peace Corps is a 27-month commitment and provides a living allowance, full medical and dental care, transportation to and from assigned country, and readjustment funds on completion of service. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, in good health, and US citizens. Contact Katrina Deutsch at kdeutsch@peacecorps.gov, 617-593-6321, www.peacecorps.gov

Mentor Youth with the Hyde Square Task Force

The Hyde Square Task Force is a community organization based in Jamaica Plain whose mission is to develop the skills of youth and their families so that they are empowered to enhance their own lives and build a strong and vibrant urban community.

As a part of this mission, the Task Force ran a College Exploration Mentoring Program (CEMP) that took place once a month on Saturdays during the 2011-2012 school year. As a part of this program, students in or recently graduated from college mentored Hyde Square Task Force Youth in high school in order to prepare them to graduate high school and enter college.

The Hyde Square Task Force plans to continue CEMP this year but is looking for more college mentors. Those mentoring youth in 9th, 10th or 11th grade (CEMP) must commit once a month on Saturdays starting in October 2012 until April 2013. For those mentoring 12th-graders (CBMP), a weekIy time commitment from September 2012 to June 2013 is expected. The Hyde Square Task Force is located at 375 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. Contact Catherine Marris at catherinem@hydesquare.org, 617-372-5007, hydesquare.org.

Be an Academic Mentor for Boston Public Schools

Boston Partners in Education is looking for volunteers to tutor and mentor students in the Boston Public Schools. Volunteers will work one-on-one or with a small group of students for an hour a week during the school day for the academic year. Placements are based on your preferences, like time of day, day of the week, subject matter, grade level, individual vs. small group of students, and location. Opportunities are available in all grades (K-12) in either English Language Arts or math.

Boston Partners in Education provides training in subject matter as well as mentoring that will help to ensure a happy and successful match. We are required by the Boston Public Schools to run a CORI/SORI background check on each potential volunteer; this background check is run at no cost to you.

To apply for this opportunity, please visit: tinyurl.com/bpevolapp

For more information about opportunities to make a difference in the lives of students in the Boston Public Schools, please contact Boston Partners in Education at bostonpartners@bostonpartners.org or 617-451-6145, www.bostonpartners.org.

Volunteer with the Community Meals Program Dinner Service

Volunteers help to serve dinner to 200-400 homeless men and women at either the Long Island Shelter on the Boston Harbor from 5-7pm each night for 2-12 volunteers or the Woods-Mullen Shelter in the South End from 6-730pm each night for 2-8 volunteers. Long Island Shelter is not T accessible and requires a car to access. Woods-Mullen Shelter is located at 794 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston and is T accessible.

All opportunities must be scheduled at least two days in advance of desired service date. Contact Boston Public Health Commission Homeless Services Bureau in Partnership with Friends of Boston's Homeless, Amie Guerra at aguerra@bphc.org, 617-534-6108, www.bphc.org and www.fobh.org.

Be a Science Mentor for Middle/High School Students (deadline: 9/10)

The Science Mentor Program offers many talented middle/high school students the opportunity to experience experimental science. The program also encourages students to excel at various Science Fairs at the school, city, state, national, and international levels. During the program a mentor meets with his/her student mentee one or two hours after school each week. The mentor is to guide the mentee to form a project, to fulfill the project, and to work with the student to hone their presentation skills.

The program starts in late September and ends the following January when the first of the science fairs begin. The program is at Boston Latin School (78 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115, http://www.bls.org/). A Mentee can also meet with his/her mentor at mentor's place.

Contact Grace Zuo at Zuo1998us@gmail.com or 617-229-6932/816-0141, www.blsfms.org.

Record textbooks for students who are blind or have learning disabilities

Read textbooks in recording booth for 2 hour session. Some training involved. Minimum age for volunteers is 18. Program is held at Learning Ally Cambridge Studio, 2067 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd Floor, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02140

Contact Bill at volboston@learningally.org or 617-500-2706, learningally.org.

Help plan and implement a STEM position at the Cambridge Community Center (deadline: 9/19)

The Cambridge Community Center has been helping people to learn, grow, and connect in the Riverside neighborhood for over 80 years, building community and providing a place for neighbors to meet. In partnership with the MIT Public Service Center we are seeking a coordinator for our new Middle School STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Program. This program will give middle school kids the opportunity to explore STEM activities and ideas under the guidance of MIT students. The Coordinator will work with CCC staff to choose a set of STEM activities, recruit MIT student volunteers to serve as group tutors, and present the material in engaging ways! The program is expected to work with between 10 and 20 middle school students during the hours of 3:30-5:30 one day per week for 6-8 weeks beginning in October 2012.

This is a paid position. Please email mcentire@mit.edu with questions or for an application, to be submitted by September 19.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Entrepreneurial Finance Lab Fall Internship Position

The Entrepreneurial Finance Lab (EFL) offers an internship program to motivated students and young professionals interested in the social impact startup space. At EFL, interns are an integral component of our mission. We expect interns to engage with projects across a broad spectrum of EFL responsibilities, and we look for people who will embrace the many opportunities and challenges of a startup organization. Internships will be based out of EFL’s Boston office at the Harvard Innovation Lab in the Harvard Business School.

Your Mission:
The Entrepreneurial Finance Lab is seeking an entrepreneurial undergrad or recent graduate to join our team. The intern will gain exposure to a range of tasks undertaken by a fast- growing, high-impact, for-profit social enterprise that is disrupting the markets that provide entrepreneurs with access to finance worldwide.

Examples of the types of projects that an intern will be assigned:

  • Research a new emerging market and present findings to the teams about the characteristics of unbanked populations, the landscape of financing providers & recommendations for EFL.
  • Produce and assemble the complex documentation needed for the appendices of a contract with a large international financial institution.
  • Create marketing collateral to explain EFL’s complex products to new stakeholders.

Qualifications:
We are looking for both part-time and full-time interns to work out of our Boston office. Part-time interns must work a minimum of 10 hours a week, and full-time interns must work 40 hours a week. Both full-time and part-time interns must be willing to commit at least four months of work.

  • Rising seniors or recent graduates with less than three years of work experience preferred.
  • Can-do attitude and an entrepreneurial nature.
  • Ability and willingness to manage many kinds of projects at once – ranging from
  • building a launch plan for a new market to fixing the broken copy machine.
  • Experience in emerging markets and knowledge of foreign languages is a plus.
  • Proficiency with Word, PowerPoint, Excel and internet research is a must.
  • Interns will need to bring their own laptop.

To apply email a cover letter and resume to Emily Silberstein at internship@efinlab.com. Please save both in a single word document or PDF entitled “LastName.FirstName –Fall Internship” (e.g., “Smith.John –Fall Internship”) Applications without cover letters will not be considered. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with first interviews occurring the week of August 14th. In the cover letter, please touch on who you are, why EFL and why this position. We are looking for a real person, not credentials; you’ll be a member of a small, growing team, so be yourself.

The MIT 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 MIT 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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