PKG Spring and Summer program updates

(Last updated 4/16/20 at 10:00am)

Dear MIT students, 

We understand that the changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have been both challenging and stressful. The PKG team remains committed to supporting you in person and remotely as details continue to emerge.  

Our top priority is your safety and health (both physical and mental), and the health and well-being of the communities we work with. To align with guidance from Institute leadership, the PKG Center is making adjustments with several spring and summer programs. If a PKG program you have enrolled in experiences changes, your program managers will reach out to you directly. We will continue to update this post and share updates on all programs as adjustments are made. 

As of Friday, 3/13, the PKG Center staff is working remotely. All of us are still available and reachable via email so please continue to reach out!

PKG Staff Virtual Office Hours (Eastern Time)

  • Jill Bassett – Office Hours: Mondays from 11 am-12 pm
  • Danny Becker – Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-5 pm, Wednesday 3-5 pm, and Thursday 3-5 pm. Click to schedule a meeting with Danny.
  • Sarah Bouchard – Office Hours (Students): Every Wednesday (2-4 pm), Friday (1-3 pm) on a first-come, first-serve basis. Office Hours will temporarily be offered remotely, via zoom. Sign-up here!
  • Alison Hynd – Office Hours: Fridays 9-11 am
  • Halley Kamerkar – Office Hours: Thursdays 9-11 am
  • Rebecca Obounou – Office Hours Tuesdays 3 – 5 pm
  • Julie Uva – Office Hours Thursdays 2-4pm

PKG Webinars

Missed our webinar on Engaging local communities during COVID-19? We’ve shared it below! Discover ideas and resources to support your local community and help efforts to combat the impacts of COVID-19. Together, with community-informed perspectives, we can support our neighbors and each other.

Social Impact Employment & Work-Study 

  • Information from Student Financial Services regarding federal-work study positions is forthcoming.
  • Looking for a summer internship? Check out available opportunities through the Social Impact Employment program on GivePulse. We are also compiling external opportunities in areas such as tech + dataclimate + sustainabilityhealth, and more that may be of interest to students. Listings will be updated at least once a week.
  • Not finding an opportunity that meets your interests or location? We are happy to discuss! Reach out to Julie at juva@mit.edu.

For additional questions please contact: Julie Uva at juva@mit.edu

IDEAS

  • The public portion of the IDEAS Innovation Showcase + Awards has been cancelled. The 20 finalists will take part in a virtual judging round on April 26 and a public voting page for IDEAS finalists teams video pitches will be launched on April 6. 

For additional questions, please contact: mitpkgideas@mit.edu.

Summer PKG Fellowships

  • We are still planning for Summer Fellowships at this time. The application period is now closed.

For additional questions please contact: hynd@mit.edu

DUSP-PKG Career Development Fellowships

  • We are still planning for DUSP-PKG Career Development Fellowships at this time. The deadline is still Monday, April 13th, at noon

For additional questions please contact: hynd@mit.edu

Summer Immersion: PKG Connect

  • The PKG Center has reached the decision that we could not ethically coordinate sending a group of students from many different locations, via travel across the US, to a new community. We do not want to further the spread of COVID-19 or work counter to the goals of physical distancing. While we believe this is the correct decision, we also know it is disappointing. Connecting with each student in the interview process gave us great hope for an amazing group experience. Though we will not be going this summer, we are thinking about ways that we could offer a partial group experience early in the summer. We absolutely hope that you stay in touch with us

For additional questions please contact: pkgsummer@mit.edu

Summer Immersion: PKG Team Internships with COPE 

  • The PKG Center has reached the decision that we could not ethically coordinate sending a group of students from many different locations, via travel across the US, to another community. We do not want to further the spread of COVID-19 or work counter to the goals of physical distancing. While we believe this is the correct decision, we also know it is disappointing.  We are in active discussions with COPE to review potential virtual work, especially around web design, marketing, communications, public health, health, or social work experience. Either way, we will stay in touch through our office hours or future programs.

For additional questions please contact: pkgsummer@mit.edu

PKG Events

  • The Social Impact Employment Reflection Dinner (3/31) and End of Semester Celebration (5/13) are both cancelled.

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