who we are

Mission

The MIT Public Service Center exists to motivate, facilitate, and celebrate the ethic and activities of public service at MIT.

Our aim is to enrich the education and life experiences of students and other MIT community members – faculty, staff, affiliates, alumni, spouses, partners, and others – through leadership and service opportunities that match the innovative culture of MIT. To that end, we provide the guidance, resources, and support to find or create fulfilling service experiences, locally and around the world.

We model and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, facilitate partnerships, integrate service with education, celebrate excellence, and cultivate confidence and imagination.

We attract and educate MIT students through reciprocally valuable community service work locally and around the world. Through our selection of fellowships and grants, the IDEAS Global Challenge, programs such as City Days, Four Weeks for America, and the Freshmen Urban Program (FUP), community service work-study positions, service learning classes, and advising resources, the PSC helps students gain hands-on experiences that serve communities and the students themselves in life-transforming ways.

We envision MIT as a locus for an interconnected web of university-community enterprises that join universities and communities worldwide in a common effort toward positive change. We continue to transform ourselves as we enable students to do the same.