APPLY NOW: PKG Center – Graduate Community Engagement Fellowship

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.

The PKG Center for Public Service is the epicenter of public service at MIT. It is a small collegial and welcoming office. The PKG Center’s overarching goals are to tap and expand MIT students’ unique skills and interests to prepare them to explore and address complex social and environmental challenges. We educate students to collaborate ethically and effectively with community partners to engage in meaningful public service, today and in their lives beyond MIT.

Throughout this work, ethical engagement of community members and our MIT community is key. The PKG Center understands that thoughtful engagement of peers in conversations about social change opportunities is the most impactful way to engage our campus to build interest in our efforts, and are seeking a Graduate Student to inform, guide and implement that community organizing.

The Fellow is supervised primarily by the PKG Center’s Program Coordinator for Outreach and Student Engagement.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The Graduate Community Fellow will be responsible for a variety of tasks related to outreach and communications work, supporting our Get (Good) Stuff Done workshop series, engaging graduate student groups in diverse ways (i.e. workshops, listening campaigns), and networking with key partners across campus. This role will also be supporting larger communications or outreach events.

  • Assist in designing, planning, coordinating, implementing, delivering and assessing efforts at engaging graduate student communities at MIT. This may include developing new methods of receiving student feedback, developing workshops, facilitating discussions about social change and other avenues both in-person and online.
  • Assist in reviewing and making collaborative decisions regarding new programming
  • Assist in identifying and developing cross-campus partnerships and serve as a liaison for relevant offices, departments and groups. This may include student clubs and organizations, other departments and centers as well as developing a strategic approach to engaging faculty.
  • Assist in supporting student social innovators and entrepreneurs.
  • Assist in database maintenance for reporting and communications.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Must be able to negotiate a hybrid working environment, working both from the PKG Center and virtually.
  • Must be able to commit two full regular academic semesters (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022) with the possibility of extending the appointment during future terms.
  • Ability to meet a flexible schedule, including rare evenings and weekends
  • Must be detail-oriented
  • Must be comfortable with public speaking and speaking individually with peers about social change and social justice efforts. This may include focus groups, workshops, tabling events or other opportunities to interact with fellow Graduate students about social impact opportunities.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills with a strong teamwork orientation.
  • Strong communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to think and to problem-solve creatively and strategically.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement and discretion when handling sensitive information and documents.

Applications for should be submitted to Office of Graduate Education program administrator Jessica Landry. They will be reviewed as they are submitted; positions will be filled ASAP.

Visit the Office of Graduate Education for more information.

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