Community-Informed Field Immersion (CIFI)

Work side-by-side with community organizations that are striving to eliminate health disparities and improve the wellbeing of American Indians and Indigenous communities.

Fall 2020: (14-week, part-time program)

Deadline: Friday, September 25 at 11:59pm Eastern

These two positions (each accepting multiple students) are part of a collaborative program between Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH) Division of Global Health Equity (DGHE) and the PKG Center, along with other organizations involved in the COVID-19 initiative on Navajo Nation, including other Navajo Nation organizations/partners and Partners in Health. As part of this experience, join a team of MIT student participants that are placed on specific projects with selected supervisors at BWH DGHE. The Division of Global Health Equity is committed to training, research, and service in healthcare to reduce disparities in disease burden and to improve treatment outcomes both domestically and abroad. This particular program will occur remotely, serving the Diné (Navajo) community living on or near the Navajo Nation.

Deadline: Friday, September 25 at 11:59pm Eastern

Additionally, this collaborative program between the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico and the PKG Center for Public Service is also seeking student support this fall. As part of this experience, join a team of MIT student participants that are placed on specific projects with selected supervisors at the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico. The Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico is committed to offering children and youth hope for a better future and opportunities for them to develop to their full potential.

Summer 2021: (10-week, full-time program)  

Community-Informed Field Immersion (CIFI) is a collaboration between the PKG Center and Community Outreach & Patient Empowerment (COPE). As part of this experience, you can join a team of fellow MIT students in supporting COPE’s mission to eliminate health disparities and improve the wellbeing of American Indians and Alaska Natives. This particular internship is located in Gallup, New Mexico, serving the Dine community living on or near the Navajo Nation.

CIFI projects are designed to support the public health work of COPE, and address the themes of food access and insecurity, nutrition, communications, training & outreach, data collection & reporting, and implementing a curriculum on cancer awareness.