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Student Service Groups

Opportunities to participate are also available through MIT student groups that are dedicated to community service of all types. Join other students in leading these groups that provide a wide variety of aid to communities here in Cambridge and across the globe.

Service Group Description
MIT Academic Teaching Initiative The Academic Teaching Initiative provides low-cost academic-based enrichment programs geared towards high and middle school students in the Boston and Cambridge area. ati-officers[at]mit[dot]edu
AID-MIT (graduate)

Association for India’s Development is an NGO committed towards equitable development and social welfare of the poorest and marginalized communities of India.

Alpha Phi Omega Alpha Phi Omega is a national coed service fraternity centered on the principles of leadership, friendship and service. apo[at]mit[dot]edu
Alternative Spring Break Alternative Spring Break coordinates weeklong community service trips that take MIT students outside the Boston area over spring break. asb-board[at]mit[dot]edu
American Red Cross Team and Network American Red Cross Team and Network offers volunteer opportunities in all the functions of the American Red Cross, specializing in blood services, disaster relief, food pantry, and youth outreach. arctan-exec[at]mit[dot]edu
Amnesty International Amnesty International is a non-government, non-partisan organization working for the protection of human rights. mitai-exec[at]mit[dot]edu
Amphibious Achievement

Amphibious Achievement is a dual athletic and academic mentorship program targeted at Boston-area urban youth. Our goal is to promote success in and out of the water through a mind-body approach to learning, innovative and dynamic teaching techniques, and high-quality mentorship. aaexec[at]mit[dot]edu


Asha for Education is a global non-profit organization working with grassroots programs to help educate underprivileged children in India. asha-request[at]mit[dot]edu

Assistive Technology @ MIT Assistive Technology @ MIT designs and build customized assistive devices requested by people with a disability in the local community, with an emphasis on practical and affordable solutions. assistivetech-exec[at]mit[dot]edu
Best Buddies Best Buddies provides the opportunity for college students to create one-to-one friendships with adults who have an intellectual or developmental disability. bbofficers[at]mit[dot]edu
Biodiesel@MIT The goal of Biodiesel@MIT is to install a biodiesel processor on the MIT campus. The processor would convert waste vegetable oil from campus dining facilities into biodiesel to be mixed with regular diesel fuel and used in the Institute's diesel-powered Tech Shuttles. biodiesel-info[at]mit[dot]edu
MIT Braintrust

MIT BrainTrust is a student-run service organization that seeks to create a supportive and educational environment for people affected by neurological disorders and traumatic brain injuries.  BrainTrust pairs students with survivors from the local community and hosts social events for them including picnics, museum trips, and sailing.  We also host panels for the MIT community to raise awareness of relevant issues in neuroscience, including glioblastoma, epilepsy, and brain injury. braintrust-exec[at]mit[dot]edubraintrust-exec[at]mit[dot]edu

Camp Kesem Camp Kesem (Camp "Magic" in Hebrew) provides a free, week-long summer camp for kids whose parents have or have had cancer. Student volunteers gain hands-on experience running a nonprofit organization, while helping families who are truly in need. mit[at]campkesem[dot]org
China Care at MIT The goal of MIT China Care is to help Chinese orphans and adopted Chinese children in need. We hope to make a difference locally, through our playgroup program for adopted Chinese children, and globally, through fundraisers for surgeries that save and improve the lives of orphans in China. chinacare-exec[at]mit[dot]edu
Colleges Against Cancer The Colleges Against Cancer chapter at MIT is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and works to fight cancer through grassroots advocacy, prevention and early detection education, Relay For Life, and activities honoring cancer survivors. The chapter is part of a network of more than 175 other colleges and universities nationwide. cac-exec[at]mit[dot]edu
Code for Good Code for Good, 6.S187, is a 6-unit IAP class at MIT that brings students together with local nonprofit organizations to make a direct, positive impact with computer science. We’ve partnered with a wide array of nonprofits who have a variety of interesting problems for students to work on. Teams will have the opportunity to collaborate with a nonprofit of their choice and develop a project idea together.
Educational Studies Program Educational Studies Program provides opportunities for learning in the greater Boston community by providing classes for motivated middle and high school students. esp[at]mit[dot]edu
Emerge Global Emerge Global is a non-governmental, non-profit organization based dually in Boston and SriLanka. Emerge Global enables girls who have survived abuse to become entrepreneurial jewelry designers through a comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes personal discovery, mentorship, and business knowledge, while simultaneously generating savings for their futures. steeves[at]mit[dot]edu

MIT-EMS operates the student-run ambulance on campus. We provide free BLS level care and can transport patients to MIT Medical as well as any of the hospital in the Boston/Cambridge area. ems-officers[at]mit[dot]edu

Engineers Without Borders Engineers Without Borders partners with communities in developing countries to improve their quality of life, focusing on implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while getting the community involved. ewb-exec[at]mit[dot]edu
Expediting Access to Standard Education Expediting Access to Standard Education (EASE) is a student group on campus that raises funds, through various means, which go towards giving scholarships to kids in secondary schools in West Africa with hopes to expand to other parts of the world. ease-exec[at]mit[dot]edu
MIT Fighting World Hunger

MIT Fighting World Hunger will consolidate MIT expertise and resources to develop and implement action agendas that focus on world hunger awareness, fundraising and academic initiatives; and to mobilize the student body in MIT to collaborate with local food banks and soup kitchens for volunteering activities. mfwh_exec[at]mit[dot]edu

Global Poverty Initiative Global Poverty Initiative aims to instill awareness about global poverty issues, educate about the role of the international community in economic collapse, engage in in-depth thinking about problems and potential solutions, and connect peers with others involved in alleviating poverty. gpi-exec[at]mit[dot]edu
GlobeMed at MIT

GlobeMed is a national organization that partners grassroots organizations around the world with college chapters in order to improve global health equity. Founded in Fall 2011, the GlobeMed at MIT chapter is partnered with Hope Through Health, a non-profit that provides comprehensive HIV services in northern Togo, West Africa. Our initiatives include training clinic staff in computer literacy and in the use of GPS devices, which they use to map their patient population. We are also working alongside staff to help setup a clinic database and mobile data-collection platform that allows community health workers to easily manage patient data during home visits. Among other goals, GlobeMed at MIT aims to help Hope Through Health reach their goal of defining data collection and analysis practices that promote data-driven decisions and improve quality of care for their patients. globemed-exec[at]mit[dot]edu

MIT Habitat for Humanity Campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity International. Seeks to raise awareness in the MIT community about poverty housing issues, and to encourage participation in service events. MIT Habitat supports local HFH affiliates through volunteer labor and fundraising.
Hope in Action Hope in Action (HIA) is all about community organizing. In our case, we work to organize the MIT Community around service. We are a group of undergrads and grad students who would like to impact and influence the way MIT students interact with issues of local service, justice and organization. hia-leadership[at]mit[dot]edu
iHouse iHouse is a living-learning community focused on international development work that aims to empower students by enhancing their educational experience through experiential learning, leadership skills development, and mentoring programs. ihouse-exec[at]mit[dot]edu
MIT Innoworks

MIT InnoWorks is a free week-long summer science camp for underprivileged middle school students in the Greater Boston area. Students get to do awesome activities, experiments, and missions, while learning that science can be fun! innoworks[at]mit[dot]edu

MIT International Development Club MIT International Development Club pairs passionate MIT students with international NGOs. Students travel to the project site to provide support to the directors of the NGOs, work with a diverse student team, and stive to have a real impact on the lives of people in developing nations. idc-exec[at]mit[dot]edu
Leadership Training Institute Leadership Training Institute creates a sustainable community of diverse students and staff, and promotes the integration of leadership, service, and comprehension of self-identity.

We are the MIT chapter of the national MEDLIFE organization. MEDLIFE stands for Medicine, Education, and Development for Low Income Families Everywhere. mitmedlife[at]mit[dot]edu


The MedLinks program works to support MIT students in connecting to campus support resources, the policies and services of MIT Medical and determining when and how to seek medical attention. MedLinks is a residentially based peer health advocacy program that supports the health of students in their residences along with the wider MIT community through one-on-one interactions and via health promotion events. medlinks-exec[at]mit[dot]edu

MEET - Middle East Education through Technology MEET is an innovative educational initiative aimed at creating a common professional language between Israeli and Palestinian young leaders. Working together with MIT and MISTI, MEET enables its participants to acquire advanced technological and leadership tools while empowering them to create positive social change within their own communities. info[at]meet[dot]mit[dot]edu
Model United Nations

Allows students to experience the UN system and promotes awareness of international issues. mun-exec[at]mit[dot]edu

MIT-Sabre Volunteers MIT-Sabre volunteers provide new medical, science, and engineering textbooks to universities in many developing countries. Recent shipments have gone to Iraq, Liberia, Kenya, Pakistan, Uganda, Indonesia, Somalia, and other nations. We sort and pack the textbooks at our volunteering events, which occur on Saturdays every 2-4 weeks. Our volunteers include MIT undergrads, grad students, postdocs, and staff. sabre-exec[at]mit[dot]edu
National Society of Collegiate Scholars National Society of Collegiate Scholars is an honor society whose guiding principle is to give back to the community through service. nscs-exec[at]mit[dot]edu
MIT Pro-Life MIT Pro-life is for all MIT students, staff, and affiliated members that are interested in help raise awareness of pro-life issues and the ways in which people can become involved with the cause. pro-life-officers[at]mit[dot]edu
Science Counts!

The purpose of Science Counts! is to bring science education opportunities to all students and promote a love for science and passion for learning in children. It is the MIT Chapter of the national organization Kids Are Scientists Too, Inc.

Science Policy Initiative The Science Policy Initiative (SPI) at MIT aims to educate students in the public policy of science, technology, research and innovation and provide mechanisms for putting this knowledge into practice. spi-exec[at]mit[dot]edu
Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development

Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development (SEID) is a student-led organization that seeks to drive sustainable global development through entrepreneurial efforts. Our members create new ventures and engage with existing organizations in emerging markets addressing critical global issues. We harness the power of business to develop innovative market-based solutions to the current challenges in the world. seidofficers[at]sloan[dot]mit[dot]edu

MIT Sloan Net Impact Sloan Net Impact strives to improve the world by growing and strengthening a network of leaders who use the power of business to make a positive net social, environmental, and economic impact. MITsloan[at]netimpact[dot]org
MIT Society of Women Engineers MIT Society of Women Engineers (SWE) provides two channels of outreach to female students in the Greater Boston area. Keys to Empowering Youth (KEYs) is a motivational program that brings 11-13 year old girls together with MIT women students to participate in workshops held periodically throughout the year. Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) is a year-long mentoring program that matches high school girls to MIT student mentors in an effort to introduce participants to potential careers paths through guest lectures, lab tours, panel discussions, and mentoring activities.
keyscoordinators[at]mit[dot]edu or swewise[at]mit[dot]edu
Southeast Asian Service Leadership Network (SEALNet) SEALNet aims to empower students to create positive change both by participating in service leadership projects and by inspiring other students to become leaders in their own communities. SEALNet also educates the MIT community about development issues related to Southeast Asia.
Stop Our Silence Stop Our Silence is a student group created to promote initiatives for rape awareness and prevention. This group also holds the Vagina Monologues Performances each year at MIT. vagina-admin[at]mit[dot]edu
Students for Bhopal The mission of MIT Students for Bhopal is to support the survivors of the Bhopal disaster and to raise awareness about the disaster and its consequences in the MIT community. bhopal-exec[at]mit[dot]edu
Sustainability@MIT Sustainability at MIT seeks to enable people, communities, businesses, organizations and the planet to flourish while taking an in-depth, integrated look at existing structural models; and to redefine the notion of sustainability by incorporating social equity, economic development and environmental restoration at all levels. It aims to seize existing opportunities for greater long-term economic, social and environmental benefit. sustainability-exec[at]mit[dot]edu
THINK THINK is a student-run educational outreach initiative that supports and mentors high school students to develop their ideas. Its vision is to make science and technology research and development accessible to motivated students with innovative projects. think-exec[at]mit[dot]edu
Women's Initiative

The MIT Women's Initiative program seeks to increase the number of women enrolled in engineering majors by educating middle and high school girls nationwide through presentations made by MIT women students. wi-directors[at]mit[dot]edu