Pod Leaders

Are you a graduate student at MIT looking for a rewarding summer experience while earning money?

Consider becoming a Pod Leader for the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP General). This 9-week summer research program brings talented, underrepresented minority and underserved undergraduate students interested in pursuing doctoral education and who might benefit from engaging in a summer experience to MIT. Pod Leaders provide guidance and support to students outside of the lab or research group. They play an essential part in helping students thrive throughout the summer by providing academic support, helping students navigate MIT and their research experience, and building community through weekly meetings and events.  In collaboration with the Office of Graduate Education (OGE) staff, Pod Leaders work in pairs to ensure that students have a successful and productive experience at MIT.

The overall cohort size is approximately 40 students, however Pod Leaders will work in tandem to manage a small pod of approximately 10 student interns. The program mission, history and additional information can be found at mit.edu/msrp. The primary responsibilities for Pod Leaders include:

  • Coordinate weekly pod meetings with student interns and provide 1:1 guidance and feedback to ensure students complete various program requirements, including but not limited to research abstracts, statements of objectives and scientific poster presentation
  • Externally monitor students’ progress and overall experience in their research group; help identify and remedy issues that may arise; and act as a liaison between the MSRP Assistant Director and MIT Research Supervisors
  • Attend weekly program activities
  • Assist with additional administrative and event-related tasks as needed

The OGE is currently hiring for Summer 2019. Applications due Sunday, March 10, 2019 

  • Commit 12 hours per week from June 9 – August 10, 2019
  • Receive a stipend of $3,666 for 10 weeks (12 hours/week; 9 week summer program + 1 week training)

Application Link: https://bit.ly/PodLeaderApp2019
Job Description Link: https://bit.ly/PodLeader2019