Public Service Center November Opportunities

October 26, 2011

Public Service The MIT Public Service Center offers a wide range of support for public service experiences that suit the interests, abilities, and needs of MIT students, and in some cases, the larger MIT community including; Fellowships and Internships, Grants, the IDEAS Global Challenge, Service Learning, Volunteer Programs, and Community Service Work-Study positions. Students obtain hands-on experiences that serve communities and the students themselves in life-transforming ways. Read more about the November annoucements.

MIT Public Service Center November Announcements

It’s hard to believe that we are already half way through the fall semester – we hope things have been going well!  We appreciate it if you would share the following information with your department.  Thank you!

The Public Service Center would like to remind you that we have multiple exciting opportunities throughout the year as well as program application deadlines.  Our opportunities are for undergraduates and graduates and in some cases staff are able to participate.  If you have any questions or would like to know more about how the PSC can help you with a service initiative please feel free to stop by the PSC in 4-104, email the appropriate contact listed below, or email  To join our mailing list please sign up at Thank you!
-MIT Public Service Center


IDEAS Global Challenge – Fall submit deadline

Working on a new way to deliver social impact? Teams have four chances to submit an Initial Scope Statement and gain feedback from IDEAS staff. If teams need funding as they develop their idea over the next six months, they can submit an (optional) Development Grant Request. All teams must submit at least one Initial Scope Statement. Submit early, submit often. Submit now for funding over IAP.  The first chance to submit: November 2 by 11:59PM; details online at or email


Cambodian Dream – Rebuilding Cambodia by Empowering its Women

7:30pm, 32-123 (reception to follow in R&D Commons)

MIT PSC presents in conjunction with the Program in Women & Gender Studies, CIS, Writing and Humanistic Studies and D-Lab, Professor Alan Lightman in this lecture event.  Professor Lightman will present his work over the past 6 years to empower a new generation of women leaders in Cambodia.  The lecture will include slides and videos around their education.  More details can be found at


2011 Giving Tree begins!

Please join your fellow MIT community members in supporting this great MIT holiday tradition. Through the Giving Tree, you can donate gifts to children in the Boston and Cambridge area. Each year, over 500 MIT faculty, staff, students, and partners provide gifts to over 600 children affiliated with 13 local service agencies. Co-sponsored by the MIT Public Service Center and the Panhellenic Association and currently in its 20th year, the Giving Tree allows participants to choose specific gifts for specific children, making the gift-giving process a more personalized one for all.

Here’s how to participate:

1.) Stop by the MIT Public Service Center (PSC) at 4-104 between November 21 and December 12 (Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm).

2.) Pick up a gift label for a child–or choose more than one!

3.) Purchase, wrap, and place the gift label on your gift, and return it to the PSC in 4-104 NO LATER than 10AM on Tuesday, December 13.  We will also gladly accept your monetary donation if you are unable to purchase a gift, but want to participate.  Questions? Email More info can be found at:

Happy Holidays!


Grants application preferred deadline

5pm, 4-104

Are you working on a sustainable public service project over IAP? Are you looking for funding?  The PSC offers grants that can help cover individual or group work in areas such as travel to the community in need, materials and food that helps facilitate the service.  We also have funding available for training, such as workshops and conferences in the public service arena.  Projects can range from exploratory to the implementation of a sustainable solution.  For more information and to apply, please visit or contact



Davis Projects for Peace deadline

Deadline to apply: noon, Thursday, Feb 2, 2012

Develop a proposal for a Davis Projects for Peace $10,000 fellowship!

Davis Projects for Peace typically offers a $10,000 fellowship for an MIT undergraduate student project that promotes peace, to be implemented in the summer. The aim is to “help young people launch some immediate initiatives that could bring new thinking to the prospects for peace in the world.” MIT will select several compelling proposals to send forward, and at least one is guaranteed to be funded! Think creatively, innovatively, and entrepreneurially — this is a chance to formulate and test ideas for peace. The award will be made to an MIT undergraduate, but the undergraduate may use the funds to also support team members as appropriate.

Application requirements:

  • A detailed two-page, single-spaced proposal (who, what, when, where, how, anticipated outcomes and prospects for future impact) that includes confirmation of the participation of any partner organizations or people
  • A detailed one-page budget for carrying out the project in summer 2012
  • The proposal heading must include the following: name of the participating institution, name of all student participants, title of project, country where the project will be performed

See for more details.

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