Current Fellow positions

Graduate Community Fellows are a cadre of graduate students who work under the auspices of the Office of Graduate Education on projects and assignments that enhance the life of graduate students in unique ways. Each Fellow works on specific assignments and reports to a staff person in the OGE or in a partner organization.

General responsibilities – apply to all positions

  • Spend an average of 10 hours a week in duties as a Fellow during the appointment period, which runs from September 1 to May 31 unless otherwise noted.
  • Attend monthly Fellow Roundtables, and meet with members of the OGE staff and the OGE’s business partners as required.
  • Maintain project records as required.
  • Serve as a resource to other graduate students.
  • Submit a year-end report on progress to the supervisor and the Graduate Community Fellows Program Coordinator.

Addir Fellows – MIT Interfaith Dialogue (filled)

This Fellow supports the Addir Fellows–MIT Interfaith Dialogue by working alongside and meeting weekly with the Coordinator/Director of the program.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate 3-4 weekly 1-hour small-dialogue sessions (50%)
    • Attend 3-4 weekly 1 hour small-dialogue sessions.
    • Identify and, with coordinator, troubleshoot issues and dynamics that weaken the process of engaging in meaningful dialogue. While Addir Fellows have agreed to attend weekly small-dialogue meetings and monthly (Sept., Oct., Nov., Feb., Mar., Apr.) Addir Fellow dinners and community-wide events, the Graduate Community Fellow will build relationships with those who are having trouble living up to these commitments.
    • With group members, will help implement the established process for identifying topics for small-dialogue meeting discussions.
    • Be available to Fellows as a resource and link to coordinator.
    • Prior to the weekly meeting, contact the fellow responsible for that week’s topic to ensure adequate preparation and communication with the rest of the group.
    • Help provide snacks to enhance ambiance of weekly meetings.
    • Establish him/herself as liaison and overall support to dialogue groups.
  • Extend the conversation to the broader graduate community (25%)
    • With guidance from the Coordinator, organize, oversee and facilitate 3-6 in dorm, interfaith, dialogue events.
    • Focus on publicity to graduate students around the monthly dinners and community-wide events.
    • Seek partnerships with other student groups to build conversations about faith.
  • Deepen and sustain the program (25%)
    • Work with coordinator to create plan for evaluating Addir Fellows program; develop a brief survey for outgoing Addir Fellows which targets the program’s impact on community.
    • Work with coordinator on communication and fund-raising activities with graduates of Addir.
    • Create/maintain web related ventures to enhance communication between fellows (current and Addir graduates).
    • Work with coordinator to determine other projects to enhance overall programming.

Skills and Qualifications:
Willingness to work as a team; strong organizational and writing skills; ability to work independently.

Celebrating Graduate Students (filled)

This Fellow supports communications in the Office of Graduate Education by working closely with, and reporting to, the OGE Communications Officer. The goal of this position is to make the diversity of MIT’s graduate students more visible and to provide a window into the graduate experience for prospective graduate students.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Discover and amplify student involvements and accomplishments

  • Search for items of interest about MIT grad students. We are interested in:
    • Students who are giving back to the community (i.e. public service).
    • Accomplishments (publications, awards, etc.).
    • Highlighting MIT’s cultural diversity.
    • Personal stories.
  • Work with the Communications Officer to elevate the visibility of the various items by writing short pieces for OGE News, posting to our social media accounts, or creating connections with other campus entities (such as forwarding an item along to a particular department or student group that may not be aware).
  • Assist with special projects to celebrate graduate students and their accomplishments, such as National Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

Create pieces for MIT Campus News on graduate students

  • Interview graduate students about their work, involvements, and/or background.
  • Take photos as the opportunity allows.
  • Write pieces for MIT Campus News which may take the form of a medium-length. story piece, a photo montage, or a question-and-answer piece.

Skills and Qualifications:

Strong writing and interpersonal skills; ability to meet deadlines; interest in photography or graphics; enjoys working on a team.

Committed to Caring (filled)

Over the course of this academic year, this Fellow coordinates the “Committed to Caring Programwith the help of the Office of Graduate Education communications officer. This program honors faculty members who go above and beyond to make an impact in the lives of graduate students. Faculty members are nomiated by students and recognized through a broad campus poster campaign and online content.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Arrange and lead the photo shoots between professors, nominators and students
  • Select images and coordinate poster production with the graphic designer
  • Coordinate poster printing and display in the infinite and on the infinite displays
  • Produce online articles
  • Compose creative taglines for posters and article
  • Post the articles and accompanying images online on the C2C site

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Strong writing and editing skills

Community Wellness at MIT Medical (OPEN, SEPTEMBER 1 START)

Community Wellness at MIT Medical works with the entire MIT community to provide programs and resources for healthful living.

The Fellow will focus on special projects in student health and well-being. For more information on our program areas, please visit https://medical.mit.edu/services/community-wellness 

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the development, design, and implementation of health education programs to the community on relevant health topics as requested—this may involve potential collaboration with providers at MIT Medical, campus partners, staff/students in graduate residences, etc. 
  • Assist in the development of live and web-based learning opportunities 
  • Promote access to safer sex supplies and information about sexual health to student communities 
  • Represent Community Wellness to external stakeholders (e.g. committee membership, staffing and volunteering at events, etc.) 
  • Weekly check-in meeting with supervisors and other team members 

Please note: Evening/weekend/outside of business hours representation and workshops may be expected (based on availability) 

Community Wellness is very interested in making this a collaboration with the Fellow. They hope that this position will be a growing and learning experience for the Fellow, as well as an opportunity to harness the Fellow’s abilities and talents to help improve the health and well-being of the MIT community and its members. 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills 
  • Ability to work independently to meet deadlines 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Public speaking experience (or willingness to learn and grow in this area) 
  • Familiarity/interest in health and wellness topics 

The Fellow will be co-supervised by Gregory Baker and Susanna Barry, student health program managers in Community Wellness at MIT Medical. 

DSLx Life Learning: Strategic Communications (on hold)

Who we are:
It’s a basic rule of thumb: when you have a problem, you turn to an expert for help. Of course, no one has more expertise about the life challenges that face MIT students than other MIT students and the people who work with them daily. DSLx makes it easier for MIT students to share their life knowledge with one another and to develop more life skills.

DSLx Life Learning (http://dslx.mit.edu) is a bold new digital information resource for MIT students who want a way to tap into the MIT community’s knowledge base about how to make the most of life at MIT and beyond. The site’s young but live and already developing a following.

Who we’re looking for:
Since MIT students know most about the lives of MIT students, we’re seeking a team of two Graduate Community Fellows who will help to push our site to a new level. The Fellows we’re looking for are publicity-smart and MIT-savvy students who want to help DSLx develop and implement a creative strategic communications plan.  The Fellows will join an existing team of students and staff who are creating DSLx Life Learning.  Fellows should be able to work well independently and collaboratively.  “I can figure that out” is more important than “I’m an expert.” Ten hours per week average is expected during the academic year, but scheduling is flexible.

Here’s what you’ll do:

1: Create content
By thinking of all the complex life experiences MIT students deal with, you will be encouraged to develop and follow-through on your own ideas about how DSLx can serve unaddressed student life information needs. Whether you help us connect with existing content resources or create your own original content, you’ll be contributing to the growth of DSLx and the MIT students it serves.

When creating content, you can choose the content and media that suit what you know or want to learn. You might develop a guide for new international students. Make a decision chart for prioritizing activities.  Film a selfie on how to pick a great exercise class.  Write a short article on three ways to negotiate with a thesis advisor.  Interview an expert on leadership.  The team can help you turn your ideas into great resources for others.

2: Get other MIT students (and others) involved
You’ll take the lead on identifying ways we can recruit other MIT students – as well as staff, faculty, alumni and others – to participate in DSLx and to contribute material based on their experience and expertise.  Creative collaboration and community building are important aspects of the position.

Learn more about this initiative at http://lifelearning.mit.edu

Diversity and Inclusion – Institute initiatives (on hold)

In 2015, members of the MIT Black Students Union, the Black Graduate Student Association, and the LGBTQ community independently developed a set of recommendations that, when executed, are intended to enrich the student experience and enhance the student community in educational, social and cultural ways. These recommendations, as well additional ones from the Institute Community and Equity Office, were submitted to the senior administration. When considered alongside recommendations included in the 2010 Report on the “Initiative for Faculty Race and Diversity” at MIT, there emerges a compelling need for an MIT strategic plan for diversity and inclusion.

The Graduate Fellow will have major responsibility for several areas of work that will enhance the graduate student experience, which is not without implications for the undergraduate experience and indeed the MIT community as a whole.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Mine the information embedded in a number of the recommendations in order to disaggregate specific requests.
  • Help the D&I Officer to categorize the specific requests under one or more of various functions.
  • Prioritize implementation.
  • Review/amend overlap and distillation of recommendations for focused action.
  • Assist with preparation and, in some instances, participate in focus group discussions in an effort to ensure that the community building intended by the recommendations is in fact occurring.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication practice
  • Emotional maturity and grace in human interactions and difficult dialogues.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, particularly ability to create informative graphics and tables.

Diversity Initiatives Community – OGE (filled)

This Fellow will work closely with the Assistant Dean for Diversity Initiatives in the Office of Graduate Education (OGE) and the Program Associate of Diversity Initiatives to help identify and invite speakers to the Diversity Initiative’s community building series called IGNITE. IGNITE is a series of intensive, monthly seminars designed to promote academic, career, professional and leadership development. IGNITE will offer students the chance to deepen their peer relationships across scientific disciplines and share experiences, insights and strategies for managing the challenges of graduate work. Offering a unique informal setting, IGNITE will give students the opportunity to make meaningful connections with faculty, alumni and administrators of color, opening up avenues to build and foster community.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Meet with Assistant Dean, bi-weekly to plan tasks and brainstorm ideas;
  • Identify and invite speakers.
  • Schedule seminars/workshops.
  • Reserve space at MIT.
  • Develop marketing materials and share with graduate student community with support of Program Associate.
  • Attend events as possible.
  • Develop and implement strategies to evaluate programming with support of Assistant Dean.
  • Provide feedback on future topics.
  • Collaborate with Assistant Dean on topics that will also be relevant to OGE UCEM Scholars Program.

Skills and Qualifications:

Creative thinking; commitment to being productive and accomplishing tasks; ability to work collaboratively and independently; event planning experience; strong organizational and communication skills, including interpersonal communication and writing skills; ability to meet deadlines.

Diversity Initiatives Recruitment – OGE (Filled)

This Fellow will work closely with the Assistant Dean and the Program Associate of Diversity Initiatives in the Office of Graduate Education (OGE) to identify and train graduate students who will represent MIT at both local and national fall recruitment conferences and fairs. This Fellow will reach out to departments to ensure there is information about their departments provided at conferences. This Fellow with the support of the Program Associate will follow-up with prospective students who have questions regarding admissions or programs, such as MSRP and CONVERGE, at MIT.

This Fellow will also continue to implement the Grad Catalyst Workshop. This workshop teaches underclassmen at minority-serving institutions and liberal arts colleges how to plan their undergraduate trajectories so as to be strong graduate school candidates come senior year.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Meet with Assistant Dean for Diversity Initiatives, bi-weekly to coordinate work.
  • Identify and train graduate students interested in representing MIT at local and national conferences such as NSBE, SHPE, AISES, and SACNAS.
  • Partner with student organizations that are interested in engaging in recruitment efforts of prospective URM graduate students.
  • Share information with prospective students about programs such as MSRP, CONVERGE, and the MIT UCEM Sloan Scholars Program.
  • Schedule Grad Catalyst workshops (in-person and online).
  • Present Grad Catalyst workshops.
  • Train other interested graduate students on conducting Grad Catalyst workshops.
  • Evaluate Grad Catalyst workshops and editing materials, as necessary;

Skills and Qualifications:
Willingness to travel; committed to being productive and accomplishing tasks; ability to work collaboratively and independently; event planning experience; public speaking experience; strong organizational and communication skills, including interpersonal communication skills.

Financial Literacy (filled)

This fellow supports the OGE’s efforts to promote MIT graduate student financial literacy and health. The position will report directly to the OGE’s Manager of Graduate Fellowships.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the promotion of the iGrad Financial Literacy Platform to the graduate student community through marketing campaigns and information sessions.
  • Help collect, analyze and report on data related to MIT graduate student financial health and needs through the development of survey’s and the organization of student focus groups.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of outreach efforts surrounding general financial literacy such as information sessions and seminars.
  • Help build and maintain website and social media content surrounding financial literacy and funding opportunities such as fellowships.
  • Organize and develop peer support groups on topics related to financial literacy and health including fellowship application preparation.
  • Assist in increasing the pool of funding resources such as fellowships and scholarships by searching for and researching such opportunities.
  • Facilitate iGrad Financial Literacy curriculum through small group discussions.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Event planning experience.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Experience with graphic design.
  • Experience or interest in creative marketing and publicity campaigns.
  • Willingness to work as a team and ability to work independently.
  • Some basic knowledge of finance preferred.

GradLink and Graduate Student Support (filled)

This Fellow primarily supports the social media presence of the OGE; also, some support of graduate student programs and events that focus on graduate student support. The fellow works closely with, and reports directly to the Communications Officer, consulting with the Assistant Deans for Graduate Personal Support as needed.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and enhance OGE’s social media presence through GradLink, which may include:
    • Creating regular content for Twitter and Facebook
    • Developing and implementing strategies for increasing followers
    • Act as a thinking partner in brand development
    • Interest in connecting with the graduate community
  • Support the development, implementation, and assessment of programs and events that promote the holistic well-being of graduate students (primary example: act as part of the planning team for Graduate Student Appreciation Week).
  • Interact with departments, administrative offices, and student groups with which the OGE partners or whose activities the OGE funds, as needed to support the above.
  • Partner with other Fellows on mutually beneficial projects.

Skills and Qualifications:

Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; previous experience with social media platforms; ability to work independently; creative thinker.  Preference will be given to candidates in their second year of study or higher.

Graduate Student Life Grants (filled)

This Fellow supports the Graduate Student Life Grants program by working closely with, and reporting to, the OGE Programs and Policy Administrator. The preferred candidate for this position has been at MIT for one or more years.

  • Assist with plans for marketing and promotion of grant activities, including website development, email notices, posters.
  • Maintain documentation for all aspects of the grant process.
  • Serve as a member of the Grant Selection Panel.
  • Maintain a master list of grant project timelines; collect periodic reports from grant authors and assist with their publication for the Grant Selection Panel and, in edited versions, for the website.
  • Act as primary contact to grant authors and provide support as required.
  • Publicize the request-for-proposal process.
  • Create and/or implement a plan for evaluating projects; as needed, develop plans to integrate the best ideas into the ongoing work of the OGE (or other Institute organizations).

Skills and Qualifications:

Demonstrated commitment to community building activities; experience in organizing events, preferably at MIT; strong communication skills; excellent organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines; enjoys working on a team.

GSC Creative Media Manager (FILLED)

This Fellow supports efforts in promoting engagement in and chronicling MIT graduate student life.  The Fellow will provide a coordination role of many GSC marketing processes, which will include generating photos, videos, and graphic design content that will serve to document graduate student life and resources at the Institute, as well as designing  engaging and eye-catching marketing campaigns that will inform and engage graduate students more efficiently.  The Creative Media Manager will work closely with, and report to, the Graduate Student Council’s Administrators as well as the GSC Secretary. The work includes the following:

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the marketing and publicity for GSC events in collaboration with the GSC Secretary.
  • Help recruit and coordinate designers for GSC publicity materials; design posters, etc for GSC events as needed.
  • Update social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook with relevant news items.
  • Work with the GSC webmaster to design assets and layouts for both the main GSC website, and the websites for GSC events, such as ski-trip, grad gala, etc.
  • Work with the GSC publicity and publications board to publish regular updates about GSC initiatives and events.

Skills and Qualifications:

Experience with graphic design; experience or interest in creative marketing and publicity campaigns; collaborative mindset and comfort working in teams.

Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO) (filled)

This Fellow(s) will support the Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO) on several key diversity and inclusion projects. The GCF will work directly with the program director, Beatriz Cantada and the Institute Community and Equity officer, Ed Bertschinger.

Possible projects include facilitated conversations across MIT on the topics of community, diversity, equity and inclusion. We invite the fellows’ suggestions on ways to advance a respectful and caring community.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in enhancing outreach efforts to the graduate student community, including promoting ICEO and other diversity-related programs and events.
  • Plan and organize events that support ICEO’s mission including community dialogues. Identify topics for discussion.
  • Design flyers and develop marketing materials for ICEO events.
  • Contribute to the design and content of ICEO newsletter.
  • Attend MLK Visiting Scholars monthly luncheons and interact with Visiting Scholars.
  • Meet weekly with program director.
  • Participate in selected meetings.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest in community, diversity, inclusion and equity issues
  • Creativity, strong communication and organizational skills
  • Experience with event planning, or willingness to learn
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Web and social media skills a plus

International Students Office Programming & Events (filled)

The Fellow(s) will work closely with and report directly to the ISO Programming Administrator. This position supports the objective of coordinating programs for international students to help them acclimate better to the U.S. and engage more with MIT, in particular for international grad students (who comprise about 42% of the grad population). The fellow(s) will also assist with outreach, including marketing and other publicity through the e-newsletter, social media, and website. Other projects may be assigned. The Fellow will be expected to attend evening events, usually ending by 7pm.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with design and execution of ISO programs and events for grad students & visiting students based on availability and interest (set-up/facilitation/clean-up)
  • Take ownership of at least one event or program per semester, in particular to bring international students and domestic students together

Sample Past Events (around 25 events per semester):

  • Fall Grad Orientation            (3 to 4 events)
  • Re-Orientation Series (6 or 7 per semester)
  • ISO Holiday events (at least twice a semester)
  • International Community Coffee Hours (at least once per month)
  • International Council meetings (twice per semester)
  • Spring Grad Orientation (2 to 3 events)
  • Other miscellaneous events (1 or 2 per semester)

Skills and Qualifications:

Commitment, demonstrated interest in supporting the international student population, enthusiasm and ideas for various kinds of programs and events, creativity, excellent verbal and written communication skills, event/program planning experience or interest, and interest or experience in other languages and cultures.

International Students Office Publicity/Communications (filled)

Duration is August 1, 2018 until May 31, 2019 in time for Graduate Orientation in the end of August, but start date can be flexible (September 1 or soon after).

The Fellow will work closely with and report directly to the ISO Programming Administrator. This position supports the objective of helping all international students acclimate to the U.S. and MIT (international grad students comprise about 42% of the grad population).

  • The fellow will assist with outreach, including marketing and other publicity through designing flyers
  • The fellow will re-design the Mailchimp newsletter
  • Fellow will create the monthly newsletter and weekly event reminders; finals edits will be by supervisor
  • The fellow will maintain social media presence (Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
  • The fellow will publicize all ISO events in various channels (MIT Events Calendar, the Anno, MIT Sloangroups, other)
  • The fellow will take photos of events, if schedule permits, and upload photos to Facebook albums
  • If interested, the fellow can help produce videos or cartoons to help international students understand important immigration information
  • The fellow may help with programs/events as needed and if schedule permits. Other projects may be assigned.
  • If interested, Fellow can collaborate with ISO Programs/Events Fellow and help plan at least one event per academic year
  • The fellow should commit to meeting with supervisor at least once/week and be responsive to email
  • 80% Outreach/Publicity through flyer design, e-newsletter, social media, photos, videos, etc.
  • 10% Assist with Event Planning
  • 10% Other projects

Skills and Qualifications:

Required: Commitment, creativity, excellent verbal and written communication skills, self-starter, demonstrated interest in supporting the international student population, interest or experience in other languages and cultures.

Desired: Design skills (eg. Canva for flyers); experience with Mailchimp or other e-newsletter software; skills with video production.

Language Conversation Exchange (filled)

Two Fellows support intercultural exchange among graduate students and others at MIT, by coordinating the MIT Language Conversation Exchange Program. The Fellows work closely with and report directly to the Program Manager.

The appointment period is August 1 through May 31. This position is for 5 hours per week, in collaboration with another Fellow who also works 5 hours per week. Fellowship stipend is $337.50 per month.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Market the program and recruit participants (orientation events, social media, info fairs, outreach to foreign language departments, etc.).
  • Be the primary contact for applicants and participants.
  • Monitor the website, approve applications, keep participant database updated.
  • Perform regular program evaluations, incorporating participants’ feedback where possible.
  • Develop new outreach efforts and community programs that bring together conversation partners.

Skills and Qualifications:

Demonstrated interest in languages and cultural exchange; experience with marketing and event planning; excellent interpersonal skills and good judgment about people; experience in online community management; self starter, independent worker .

MindHandHeart: Innovation Fund (filled)

MindHandHeart was launched on September 2, 2015 and is developing an infrastructure to enhance MIT’s ability to develop, implement, and evaluate community health and preventive strategies to promote resilience and mental well-being. We are looking for a Graduate Fellow to support our ongoing development and strengthen our understanding of how the initiative can support the graduate community.

This Fellow supports MindHandHeart by working closely with, and reporting to, the Executive Administrator and MindHandHeart Program Manager. The Fellow’s work will be toward two aims: 1) Supporting the work of MindHandHeart including: Innovation Fund and Selection Committee operations and 2) Organizing meetings/event planning, visibility and marketing, evaluation and assessment.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Outreach to a broad cross-section of the graduate and undergraduate student community to draw a large, diverse group of students into the initiative’s work and to events.
  • Connect and support graduate students involved in the MindHandHeart committee structure to provide context for choosing, developing and implementing an action or service project of the Fellow’s own design in the spring semester.
  • Ensure that programs focus on particular issues of importance to the MIT graduate student community through coordination with various offices at MIT.
  • Provide administrative support to MindHandHeart.
  • Use knowledge of the graduate community in developing, implementing, evaluating and refining MindHandHeart programs and activities.

Skills and Qualifications:

Strong community-organizing and organizational skills, strong communication skills, experience with project planning, curiosity and interest in learning, ability to work well in a team.

MindHandHeart: department support project (position open)

MindHandHeart was launched in September 2015 and is developing an infrastructure to enhance MIT’s ability to develop, implement, and evaluate community health and preventive strategies to promote resilience and mental well-being. We are looking for a Graduate Fellow to support our ongoing development and strengthen our understanding of how the initiative can support the student community.

This Fellow supports MindHandHeart by working closely with, and reporting to, the Executive Administrator and the MindHandHeart Program Manager.  The Fellow’s work will be toward two aims:

  1. Supporting the work of MindHandHeart with a particular focus on the Department Support Project
  2. Interfacing between students, student groups, and MindHandHeart

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Outreach to a broad cross-section of the graduate and undergraduate student community to draw a large, diverse group of students into the initiative’s work and to events.
  • Working with departmental graduate and undergraduate student groups to understand differing student needs.
  • Supporting student groups’ efforts within their department.
  • Using knowledge of the student community in developing, implementing, evaluating, and refining the DSP programs and activities.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Strong community-organizing and organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to interface between students, administration, and departments
  • Curiosity and interest in learning
  • Ability to work well in a team

Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center (filled)

The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center (PKG Center) connects MIT students with a wide variety of public service projects in local, national, and global communities. We also provide guidance — and often funding — for public service projects.

We are a small team dedicated to helping the Institute achieve its mission of working wisely, creatively, and effectively with our local and global neighbors for the betterment of humankind. We provide MIT students with opportunities, mentoring, advice, logistical support, and funding as they engage in humanitarian efforts in the neighborhood, throughout the U.S., or around the world.

The Community Service Work-Study program gives undergraduate and graduate students, who are eligible for Federal Work-Study, the opportunity to earn a paycheck and gain valuable personal and professional experience while serving the community.

The PKG Center’s engagement staff work to create meaningful volunteer experiences that connect MIT community members to local agencies. In particular, the fellow will help with outreach for the CityDays, MIT Alternative Spring Break, and Giving Tree programs. The fellow will also help raise graduate student awareness about opportunities for spouses and family members to be engaged in our neighboring communities.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The Graduate Community Fellow will support two initiatives: 1) PKG Center’s efforts to raise awareness around Federal Work-Study as part of a student’s financial aid package and promote the Community Service Work-Study program to MIT graduate students, 2) PKG Center’s efforts to raise graduate student awareness and participation in community engagement and volunteer opportunities. The position will report to the PKG Center’s Community Employment Administrator and Community Engagement Administrator (splitting time 50% between the initiatives). 25% of the tasks can be done remotely. Occasional evening hours for on-campus events.

  • Assist in the promotion of the Community Service Work-Study program and volunteer opportunities to the graduate student community through marketing campaigns and information sessions.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of outreach efforts surrounding Federal Work-Study and volunteer opportunities such as information sessions and other events.
  • Help maintain website and social media content surrounding these programs specifically targeting the graduate community.
  • Assist in the identification and development of cross-campus partnerships and establish him/herself as liaison for relevant offices, departments and groups.
  • Outreach to faculty in order to increase faculty engagement with students on service projects will also be included.
  • Recognizing that many graduate students seek a balanced work-life, the fellow will also help promote service opportunities for spouses and children.
  • With guidance from the PKG Center staff, organize, oversee and facilitate specific programmatic reflection activities for MIT graduate students.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Experience or interest in community building and outreach campaigns
  • Great communication skills, including interpersonal communication and writing
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent organizing skills; excellent time management skills
  • Creative thinking and strategic problem solving
  • Interest in public service; service experience preferred but not required

Programs for Women (filled)

This Fellow supports graduate student programs and events for women by working closely with, and reporting to, the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate programs and events that promote the professional and leadership development of graduate women students, including the annual Path of Professorship workshop.
  • Assist in creation and stewardship of opportunities for graduate women to build and broaden networks of support to enhance the graduate experience; past examples include Mens et Manus et Salus and a celebration of graduate women.
  • Assist in designing and implementing approaches to assess and document the success of programmatic efforts.
  • Interact with departments, administrative offices, and student groups with which the OGE partners or whose activities the OGE funds.
  • Develop marketing tools for programs and events.
  • Convene focus groups to identify student needs, interests, and experiences.
  • Partner with other Fellows on mutually beneficial projects.

Skills and Qualifications:

Strong organizational skills; strong communication skills; experience with project planning; enjoys working on a team. Background in science or engineering. Candidates should be interested in holding the position for two years.

Resources for Easing Friction and Stress (REFS) (on hold)

This Fellow supports marketing, outreach, workshops, events, and assessment for the REFS (Resources for Easing Friction and Stress) Programs by working closely with and reporting to the Assistant Director for Conflict Management.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with events and coordinate continuing education for REFS at least monthly throughout the semester (e.g., monthly all-REFS meetings)
  • Take notes during monthly meetings and post on the REFS website
  • Maintain spreadsheets of REFS data (names of current REFS, attendance at meetings, etc)
  • Research and identify additional resources to support REFS programs; write grant applications as needed
  • Assist with training and coordination of 40-hour conflict management trainings run in August, fall semester, and spring semester
  • Assist in designing and implementing approaches to assess and document the successes and challenges of REFS programs
  • Continue to populate REFS website with resources
  • Assist in designing and implementing an outreach strategy to increase the number of individuals and departments involved in the REFS program (e.g., create marketing and promotional materials tailored to each department)
  • Obtain further training in negotiation and conflict management in order to support and present on behalf of CM@MIT
  • Partner with other Fellows on mutually beneficial projects
  • Select an additional project for their primary ownership in conjunction with the Assistant Director

Skills and Qualifications:

Strong organizational and writing skills; ability to work independently; creative thinker; wiki development skills; public speaking or presentation skills; interest in/experience with conflict resolution.

Title IX Office Website Support (filled)

MIT’s Title IX Office strives to promote a living, working and learning environment where all members of our community can thrive, free from gender-based discrimination. The Title IX website (titleix.mit.edu) is a clearinghouse of information related to gender-based discrimination across the Institute, including how to report instances of gender-based discrimination, including sexual assault; MIT policies, procedures and definitions; frequently asked questions; and other resources for students, faculty and staff. The goal of the Title IX Office is that this information is presented in the clearest and most accessible way possible for the entire MIT community

This Fellow position will be focused on helping to improve and maintain MIT’s Title IX website.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Support a comprehensive overview of the Title IX website to identify areas for improvement;
  • Conduct surveys and focus groups with students to assess usability, content and clarity of information delivery;
  • Support the creation of informational content such as videos and graphics;
  • Meet weekly with the Title IX Education Specialist for supervision;
  • Other work to support the Title IX Office as needed.

Skills and Qualifications:

Familiarity with and interest in Title IX and Title IX initiatives across the Institute; Creativity; Ability to work independently and take initiative; Strong communication and organizational skills; Experience with website design and marketing a plus.

Violence Prevention & Response: Programming Assessment (filled)

This Fellow supports Violence Prevention and Response (VPR) by working closely with multiple members of the VPR team, and receiving supervision from the Lead Advocate for VPR. This fellowship consists of two main components: 1) supporting the work of VPR on sexual violence, relationship abuse, stalking and harassment on campus, which includes supporting/participating in the committees that annually plan and execute Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April), Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month (October), and Stalking Awareness Month (January); and 2) completing a project of the Fellow’s own choosing on one or more of the following topics: sexual violence, relationship abuse, stalking, and/or harassment (this may be the continuation of an existing project or a new project depending on the needs of the office, and will be discussed in consultation with the Fellow’s supervisor).

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Learn about issues of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking and harassment.
  • Outreach to a broad cross-section of the graduate and undergraduate student community to draw a large, diverse group of students into the project’s work and to events.
  • Conduct analysis of survey data from online educational programs that incoming graduate students are required to complete.
  • Provide support planning and logistical activities around Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.
  • Oversee maintenance of the It’s On Us, MIT website.
  • Work to increase student and community attendance at sponsored events.
  • Current potential projects for the Fellow to work on in partnership with VPR staff include:
    • Development and implementation of a program evaluation for GREAT Pleasure, a program that equips GRAs and GRTs with addition knowledge and skills related to VPR topics
    • Conducting a needs assessment of the graduate community, including but not limited to, conducting research on the issues and best practices, drawing together graduate students for focus groups, completing qualitative interviews and compiling a final report.
    • Assisting in the streamlining of VPR’s prevention work through finding and reviewing research on prevention best practices
    • Working with VPR staff on the revision and improvement of VPR’s website

 

Skills and Qualifications:

Strong community-organizing skills; strong communication skills; experience with project planning; curiosity and interest in learning; team focus.