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.
Social innovation is one of the vehicles by which many MIT students are engaged in public service.
IDEAS is the PKG Center’s annual innovation, service, and social entrepreneurship challenge for 200+ graduate and undergrad students working on domestic and international projects to meet the needs of underserved populations. The IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge provides an important space at MIT for supporting and recognizing student social innovators and entrepreneurs. Under the direction of the Assistant Dean for Social Innovation, the program will continue to facilitate student networking around social impact projects, promote students’ development of ethical frameworks and practical skills, serve as a bridge between MIT students and outside professionals and alumni using business and innovation for social good, and strengthen the PKG Center’s visibility on-campus.
The Graduate Assistant will be responsible for a variety of tasks, including outreach and communications work for the program, reviewing grant applications and providing feedback, writing news articles, and networking with key partners (especially those who are part of the innovation and social entrepreneurship ecosystem here at MIT and in the Boston area). This role will also be responsible for running logistics and managing volunteers for several large campus events. We are looking for someone who would be comfortable representing the program to corporate sponsors and various other stakeholders.