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  • What is the purpose of the STC? (To Top)
    The STC is a student-run agency that places student consultants in short-term projects, or "jobs," offered by the faculty. Faculty and staff often have technical jobs that do not merit a full UROP, such as updating a course web page or writing software for automating a repetitive task. At the same time, MIT has many students who have the skills (and occasionally even the time!) to perform these functions. STC hopes to bring both sides together for mutual benefit. Through an innovative new accounting system, STC can offer a student wage higher than UROPs: $15/hr. In addition, you set your own hours and you have the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff for UROP sponsorship or other future reference.
  • What types of jobs will I get from the STC? (To Top)
    The STC currently supplies jobs in the field of web and software development as well as teaching. These jobs are generally short term (a couple of weeks maximum).
  • How do I get a job? (To Top)
    Register as a consultant by visiting the consultant registration page, filling out the form, and submitting it. Once you've registered, you should log in, and enter your skill set. The skill set is organized in a tree. A set of "top level" skills are presented to you. For each skill that you indicate experience with, the sub-skills are then shown to you. The STC agents look for consultants whose skills match those of the job they are trying to assign. Finally, you should attend a training session to get activated.

    However, getting a job offer can require more than just having the right skillset. After a job has been accepted into the system, it becomes available for consultants to view and express interest in. The job and a link to a short description will appear on your consultant home page. By clicking "yes" to interested. you indicate that you would like to perform the job. The agent first considers those who have expressed interest before expanding to the full consultant pool. However, if you express disinterest, the agent will not consider you for the job unless someone is desprately needed.

    When a job is offered to you, two things will happen. First, you should get an email informing you of the offer. Second, the offer will appear on your consultant home page. At this point, you will have access to all details about the job and can make an informed decision about whether you are available and interesting in taking on the job. Sometimes a job is offered to more than one person, thus accepting a job offer is not a garantee of getting the job.

  • I don't have skills - is training available? (To Top)
    Training will be available for certain products. A "product" is a cookie-cutter job, one which involves solving a common problem around the institute. For example, many faculty don't know how to get certificates and check on their advisees. Thus, an STC product might involve visiting the professor's office, setting up their office machine with certificates, and leading them through the process. The partnering organizations that sponsor the products will be providing training for people who wish to take them on. In the above example, it would be someone from academic services providing the training.
  • How much will I be paid? (To Top)
    The current rate for STC jobs is $15/hour.
  • How do jobs progress through the STC? (To Top)
    Jobs progress through a number of stages:
    • Submitted
      The job has been submitted by a client, but an agent has not yet looked it over.
    • Reviewed
      An STC agent has looked over the job, assigned a skillset, and verified that the job is appropriate for the STC. Jobs in this state are displayed to consultants for them to express interest.
    • Offered
      The agent has extended job offers to one or more consultants and is waiting on them to get back.
    • Matched
      The agent has assigned a consultant to the job, and the consultant is setting up the first meeting with the client.
    • Active
      The consultant met with the client, filled out the contract (pdf / ps), got it signed, and delivered it to the STC office in 4-405.
    • Finished
      The last timecard (pdf / ps) for the job has been submitted, and the job only lacks evaluations submitted by the client and the consultant.
    • Finalized
      The evaluations from the client and consultant are in; the job is complete.
  • Who do I contact if my question isn't listed here? (To Top)
    Send email to stc@mit.edu with your question, and someone on the staff will get back to you.

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