PKG Fellowships

As a PKG Fellow, you have the opportunity to develop and implement a service project of your own design.

You also have the option of interning with a service-focused organization to learn about how they operate, the work they do, and the services they provide while using your own skills and expertise to help them meet their mission.

Collaborate with a partner in the community

If you have a service idea you want to implement in collaboration with a community partner—or if a service organization wants your input as a consultant—apply for a Public Service Fellowship to support your endeavor. 

Pilot a social enterprise

If you are developing your own nonprofit or social enterprise, a Public Service Fellowship could help you pilot your idea. 

Explore a public service career

Public Service Fellows can also intern with service agencies. This option enables you to explore service careers or build your experience by working for service agency staff. You might help to expand an agency’s services, for instance, or assess operations. 

Undergraduates seeking service internships in the US should first explore our Social Impact Internships & Employment opportunities. PKG Fellowships can explore project-based internships for graduate students and undergraduates whose work would not fit in the Social Impact Internship framework.

Note: All registered full-time MIT students are eligible to apply and graduating students can receive funding for up to three months after graduation.

Funding

The deadline to apply for IAP ’21 internships is October 20 at noon. All IAP PKG Fellowships must be planned for remote work – we will not support travel or in-person work for IAP.

PKG Fellowships fund both summer and IAP public service work. Projects can be done independently or as part of a small team (typically two or three students); however, if you are working in a group, each member must apply independently and we, unfortunately, cannot guarantee funding to all students. 

Fellowship funding is provided upfront as a direct deposit or check, and the sum is intended primarily for living and travel expenses.

General Funding Breakdown:

  • IAP Fellows will be awarded $2,500
  • Summer Fellows who commit 6-8 weeks of service work will be awarded $5,000
  • Summer Fellows who commit a significantly longer time period will receive $6,000

Selection criteria

Successful fellowship proposals will show:

  • Potential for sustainable benefit to an underserved community
  • Evidence of strong motivation to carry out the project
  • Potential for effective community partner/student relationship
  • An overall sense of project feasibility indicating that the project scope matches the student qualifications, time frame, and community partner expertise/input
  • Appropriate understanding of safety issues and a thorough safety plan

Program requirements

If we award you a fellowship, before beginning your project you will be required to:

  • Sign a contract, liability waiver, and MIT travel forms. Minors will also need the signature of a parent or guardian.
  • Submit a spreadsheet of personal and contact information.
  • Arrange for all necessary health, safety, and legal needs: e.g. passport and visa if needed, health insurance, vaccinations, etc.
  • Arrange all travel and accommodation.

While in the field, you have to:

  • Check in at least once a week with fellowship staff, describing work accomplished so far, plans for the following week, and general reflections.
  • Ensure that your community partner is supporting the project appropriately and remaining in contact with the Center staff as requested.

After fellowship work, we require you to:

  • Submit a brief report describing your experiences in the field. Alternatively, you can write a project blog during the course of the project.
  • Complete an online evaluation of your fellowship experience.
  • Submit photographs with captions.

We may also ask you to give presentations based on your fieldwork experience to members of the MIT community.

Help

Whether you are looking to workshop a project idea, need assistance with your application and proposal, or want clarification on funding and guidelines, the PKG Center is always open for consultation.

All fellowship candidates are strongly encouraged to open up a conversation with the PKG Center prior to applying. Ask questions; tell us about your project and your passions; tell us about the community you are passionate about working with.

Want feedback on your ideas? Have questions about writing your proposal? Sign-up for our Zoom drop-in hours:

  • Tuesday, September 22, 10-11am 
  • Tuesday, September 29, 10-11am 
  • Wednesday, September 30, 1-2pm
  • Friday, October 2, 1-2pm
  • Wednesday, October 7, 1-2pm
  • Friday, October 9, 1-2pm
  • Wednesday, October 14, 10-11am
  • Friday, October 16, 1-3pm

Can’t make these times?  Contact Alison hynd@mit.edu to schedule an appointment.