Current Fellow positions

Graduate Community Fellows are a cadre of graduate students who work under the auspices of the Office of the Dean for 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 ODGE or in a partner organization.

General responsibilities

  • Spend an average of 10 hours a week in duties as a Fellow during the appointment period
  • Attend monthly Fellow Roundtables, and meet with members of the ODGE staff and the ODGE’s business partners as required
  • Maintain project records as required
  • Serve as a resource to other graduate students
  • Submit a year-end report on progress to the supervisor and the Graduate Community Fellows Program Coordinator

 

 

Addir Fellows – MIT Interfaith Dialogue (position filled)

This Fellow supports the Addir Fellows–MIT Interfaith Dialogue by working alongside and meeting weekly with the Coordinator/Director of the program. The appointment period is September 1 through May 31. The work includes the following:

  • Coordinate 3-4 weekly 1-hour small-dialogue sessions (50%)
    • Attend 3-4 weekly 1 hour small-dialogue sessions.
    • Identify and, with coordinator, troubleshoot issues and dynamics that weaken the process of engaging in meaningful dialogue. While Addir Fellows have agreed to attend weekly small-dialogue meetings and monthly (Sept., Oct., Nov., Feb., Mar., Apr.) Addir Fellow dinners and community-wide events, the Graduate Community Fellow will build relationships with those who are having trouble living up to these commitments.
    • With group members, will help implement the established process for identifying topics for small-dialogue meeting discussions.
    • Be available to Fellows as a resource and link to coordinator.
    • Prior to the weekly meeting, contact the fellow responsible for that week’s topic to ensure adequate preparation and communication with the rest of the group.
    • Help provide snacks to enhance ambiance of weekly meetings.
    • Establish him/herself as liaison and overall support to dialogue groups.
  • Extend the conversation to the broader graduate community (25%)
    • Focus on publicity to graduate students around the monthly dinners and community-wide events
    • Seek partnerships with other student groups to build conversations about faith
  • Deepen and sustain the program (25%)
    • Work with coordinator to create plan for evaluating Addir Fellows program; develop a brief survey for outgoing Addir Fellows which targets the program’s impact on community.
    • Work with coordinator on communication and fund-raising activities with graduates of Addir.
    • Create/maintain web related ventures to enhance communication between fellows (current and Addir graduates).
    • Work with coordinator to determine other projects to enhance overall programming.
  • Also note general responsibilities above

Skills

Willingness to work as a team; strong organizational and writing skills; ability to work independantly.

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Committee on Race and Diversity (position filled)

This Fellow supports the Institute’s Committee on Race and Diversity (CRD), particularly on the design and execution of community-wide events that foster diversity and inclusion. Among the planned events for 2012-2013 are the annual MLK breakfast, a speaker series, an Institute-wide diversity summit, and an Institute-wide book group. The appointment period is September 1 to May 31. The work includes the following:

  • Participate in CRD meetings (third Friday of the month in fall, second Friday in the spring, 9:00 – 10:30am)
  • Under the supervision of CRD Co-Chair, serve as a resource in support of the Speaker Series and other CRD events and programs
  • Suggesting other community-wide educational events
  • Work with representatives from the Graduate Student Council on coordinating outreach to graduate students and faculty
  • Work on the CRD website
  • Update the diversity course list
  • Work to connect with living groups in forming the book group
  • Also note general responsibilities above

Skills

Project management and organization experience; oral and written communication skills; web management experience, particularly Drupal, preferred; familiarity with social networking communications; ability to work independently and with a team approach.

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Graduate Accomplishments: Writer (position open)

This Fellow supports communications in the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education by working closely with, and reporting to, the ODGE Communications Officer. The appointment period is September 1 through May 31. The work includes the following:

  • Track and publicize student accomplishments
    • Maintain shared lists of graduate accomplishments (publications, awards, etc.)
    • Work with the Communications Officer to elevate the visibility of the various accomplishments, including writing pieces for ODGE News
  • Create Student Snapshot profiles
    • Work with the Student Snapshots Videographer to identify grad students doing great research, that meet the ODGE selection criteria
    • Work with the Snapshots Videograher to interview graduate students about their work and life, focusing on the “whole person”
    • Write a synopsis of the Snapshot student’s research and its implications (this will be a companion piece to the Videographer’s video)
  • Also note general responsibilities above

Skills

Excellent writing and interviewing skills; ability to meet deadlines; enjoys working on a team.

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Graduate orientation (position filled)

This Fellow supports the Graduate Student Council’s initiatives by reporting to the GSC’s Financial Administrator, and working closely with the GSC leadership team. The appointment period is June 15 through October 15. The work includes the following:

  • Help plan events and programs that best serve the vision and goals of GSC Orientation
  • Assess and analyze the progress of event preparation progress and event registration
  • Serve as a liaison between CAC, GSC Orientation chairs, and related MIT administrators
  • Work closely with GSC web master to maintain and improve orientation website; update orientation calendar and incoming student sign-up system
  • Spearhead the logo creation contest and incorporate the winning orientation logo design into all orientation publicity materials
  • Work with the MIT COOP to select color schemes and designs for orientation t-shirts, both for incoming students and volunteers
  • Design flyers, posters, and bookmarks for event publicity
  • Record orientation events in text and pictures, assist with final orientation survey and report
  • Research peer institutions’ graduate orientation processes and events, and assist in a report on best practices
  • Convene focus groups to identify student needs, interests, and experiences
  • Participate in documentation of event planning and good practices
  • Aid the Graduate Student Council in communicating services and announcements to the student population
  • Conduct the majority of this work during regular office hours held at GSC headquarters
  • Also note general responsibilities above

Skills

Web development; event planning experience; willingness to work as a team; strong organizational skills; ability to work independently.

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Grad Catalyst (position filled)

This Fellow supports the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education’s diversity initiatives by working closely with, and reporting to, the Assistant Director of Diversity Initiatives. The Grad Catalyst is a workshop that teaches underclassmen at minority-serving institutions how to plan their undergraduate trajectories so as to be strong graduate school candidates come senior year. The appointment period is February 1 through May 31. The work includes the following:

  • Schedule Grad Catalyst sessions
  • Present Grad Catalyst sessions at targeted minority-serving institutions
  • Edit materials as needed
  • Train interested graduate students on conducting Grad Catalyst sessions
  • With the Grad Catalyst team, continue to develop an online version
  • Also note general responsibilities above

 Skills

Willingness to travel; ability to work as a team; event planning experience; strong organizational skills

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Graduate Student Life Grants (position filled)

This Fellow supports the Graduate Student Life Grants program by working closely with, and reporting to, the ODGE Coordinator of Graduate Education Initiatives. The appointment period is September 1 through June 30. The preferred candidate for this position has been at MIT for one or more years. The work includes the following:

  • Assist with plans for marketing and promotion of grant activities, including website development, email notices, posters, poster sessions
  • Maintain the wiki that documents all aspects of the grant process
  • Serve as a member of the Grant Selection Panel
  • Maintain a master list of grant project timelines; collect periodic reports from grant authors and assist with their publication for the Dean’s Selection Panel and, in edited versions, for the website
  • Act as primary contact to grant authors and provide support as required
  • Publicize the request-for-proposal process
  • Create and/or implement a plan for evaluating projects; as needed, develop plans to integrate the best ideas into the ongoing work of the ODGE (or other Institute organizations)
  • Also note general responsibilities above

Skills

Demonstrated commitment to community building activities; experience in organizing events, preferably at MIT; strong communication skills; excellent organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines; enjoys working on a team.

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GSC Creative Media Manager (position filled)

This Fellow supports efforts in promoting engagement in and chronicling MIT graduate student life. She or he will generate   photos, videos, and graphic design content that will serve to document graduate student life and resources at the Institute, and will create and design engaging and eye-catching marketing campaigns that will inform and engage graduate students more efficiently. The Creative Media Manager will work closely with, and report to, the Graduate Student Council’s Administrators as well as the GSC Publications Board and GSC Secretary. The appointment period is August 15 through May 31. The work includes the following:

  • Managing GSC marketing campaign planning and operations
  • Helping coordinate GSC social media content development, including on sites such as Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook
  • Leading the GSC’s partnership with The Tech on graduate student news coverage
  • Coordinating a public education campaign on achievements by graduate student campus leaders
  • Spotlighting Institute Committee graduate student representatives
  • Developing the GSC media technology capability
  • Also note general responsibilities above

Please email Heather Konar for a more complete job description.

SKILLS

Experience with social media; experience or interest in leveraging media content in designing creative marketing and publicity campaigns; ability to generate user feedback at events and via online media (e.g. interviews at events, online forums, marketing campaigns)

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Liaison to Grad Parents (position filled)

This Fellow supports graduate student parents at MIT, by working closely with, and reporting to Community Wellness at MIT Medical. The major components of this position are to assess the needs of and to develop programming for off-campus parents and graduate student mothers and to promote resources and events to graduate student parents. The appointment period is September 1 through May 31. The work includes the following:

  • Determine needs, interests and experiences of and develop programs for off-campus grad student families and graduate student mothers
  • Support the coordination of activities provided by the MGH-IHP student nurses in Eastgate and Westgate
  • Research and share content with graduate students parents on MIT FamilyNet, an online community for MIT families
  • Act as a liaison between the GSC Family Subcommittee, MIT spouses&partners, Community Wellness at MIT Medical, MIT Work-Life, MIT Medical Pediatrics, Eastgate & Westgate Parent Coordinators to share information and cross-promote programs
  • Partner with other Fellows on mutually beneficial projects
  • Also note general responsibilities above

Skills

Demonstrated interest in families (being a parent is not required); ability to work independently; strong communication skills; familiarity with social networking communications; strong community-organizing skills; experience with project planning

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MSRP/CONVERGE Alumni Engagement (no Fellow for 2013-2014)

This Fellow supports the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education’s diversity initiatives by working closely with, and reporting to, the  Assistant Director of Diversity Initiatives. He or she should be familiar with the MSRP and CONVERGE programs run by the ODGE. The appointment period is September 1 through May 31. The work includes the following:

  • Create and execute programming to promote the personal, academic and professional development of MSRP/CONVERGE alumni that are now graduate students at MIT
  • Devise strategies to engage program alumni who are not at MIT
  • Partner with other Fellows on mutually beneficial projects
  • Also note general responsibilities above

Skills

Willingness to work as a team; strong organizational skills; ability to work independently; event planning experience.

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Programs for international students (no Fellow for 2013 – 14)

This Fellow supports programs and events for the international graduate student population at MIT, by working closely with, and reporting to, the Associate Dean and Director of the International Students Office. The appointment period is October 1 through May 31. The work includes the following:

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate programs and events that support the international graduate student community
  • Assist in creation of programmatic opportunities that facilitate interaction between international graduate students and their domestic graduate student colleagues
  • Interact with departments, administrative offices, and student groups with which the ODGE partners or whose activities the ODGE funds
  • Develop marketing tools for programs and events
  • Convene focus groups and/or conduct internal surveys to identify international student needs, interests, and experiences
  • Partner with other Fellows on mutually beneficial projects
  • The ideal candidate for this position will be interested in carrying out these duties for a second year as well
  • Also note general responsibilities above

Skills

Strong organizational and writing skills; ability to work independently; creative thinker.

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Programs for women (position filled)

This Fellow supports graduate student programs and events for women by working closely with, and reporting to, the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education. The appointment period will begin in February and continue through May 31. The work includes the following:

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate programs and events that promote the professional and leadership development of graduate women students, including the annual Path of Professorship workshop
  • Assist in creation and stewardship of opportunities for graduate women to build and broaden networks of support to enhance the graduate experience; past examples include Mens et Manus et Salus and a celebration of graduate women
  • Assist in designing and implementing approaches to assess and document the success of programmatic efforts
  • Interact with departments, administrative offices, and student groups with which the ODGE partners or whose activities the ODGE funds
  • Develop marketing tools for programs and events
  • Convene focus groups to identify student needs, interests, and experiences
  • Partner with other Fellows on mutually beneficial projects
  • Also note general responsibilities above

Skills

Strong organizational skills; strong communication skills; experience with project planning; enjoys working on a team. Background in science or engineering. Candidates should be interested in holding the position for two years.

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PSC Outreach Fellow (position filled)

This Fellow supports the MIT Public Service Center (PSC) in promoting effective community engagement for the Institute.  Public service outreach at MIT includes programs offered by DLCs (departments, labs, and centers) in every MIT School as well as student groups. Thousands of graduate and undergraduate students participate annually through the PSC alone.  In 2013, the PSC’s 25th anniversary year, the Graduate Community Fellow will assist the PSC in gathering information, developing effective communication strategies, holding focus groups and events, and planning future programming for increased effectiveness in serving the MIT community, particularly graduate students.

The Outreach Fellow will report to the Director of the PSC and also work with other PSC staff. The appointment period is September 1 through May 31. The work includes the following:

  • Collect, analyze, and report on data related to public service at MIT
  • Investigate opportunities and barriers for graduate student participation in public service activities
  • Research and develop effective communications for graduate students about public service opportunities
  • Assist with devising and offering community-building activities
  • Develop events and programming that better support graduate student participation
  • Assist PSC staff with planning and implementation of PSC 25th anniversary events
  • Provide assessment assistance
  • Also note general responsibilities above.

SKILLS

Excellent interpersonal communications and listening skills; strong analytical and organizational skills; detail orientation; creativity; ability to work effectively both independently and with others. Understanding and opinions about different types of media and the relative benefits of each preferred, including email, websites, social media, print, and events.  Assessment experience is an advantage but not a requirement.

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Resources for Easing Friction and Stress (REFS) (no Fellow for 2013-2014)

This Fellow supports marketing, outreach, workshops, events, and assessment for the REFS (Resources for Easing Friction and Stress) Programs by working closely with and reporting to the Assistant Director for Conflict Resolution. The appointment period is September 1 through May 31. The work includes the following:

  • Assist in designing and implementing approaches to assess and document the successes and challenges of REFS programs
  • Continue to populate REFS wiki with resources
  • Assist in designing and implementing an outreach strategy to increase the number of departments involved in the REFS program.
  • Create marketing and promotional materials tailored to each department
  • Assist with events and continuing education for REFS throughout the semester
  • Obtain further training in negotiation and conflict resolution in order to support and run trainings on behalf of CR@MIT
  • Partner with other Fellows on mutually beneficial projects
  • Select an additional project for their primary ownership in conjunction with the Assistant Director
  • Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills

Strong organizational and writing skills; ability to work independently; creative thinker; wiki development skills; public speaking or presentation skills; interest in/experience with conflict resolution.

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Videographer: Blacks at MIT History Project (position filled)

This Fellow supports communications for the Black History at MIT Project by working closely with, and reporting to, the project Video Manager and Project Historian. The appointment period is September 1 through May 31. The work includes the following:

  • Work with the project team to tape interviews with community members (including faculty, alumni, and others) about their work and life
  • Work with the project team to identify black students who are willing to share their perspectives on video
  • Edit the video for publishing online at http://blackhistory.mit.edu
  • Edit content previously videotaped for publication
  • Discover opportunities for using previously recorded videos (in whole or in part) as the basis for graduate student discussion
  • Organize a minimum of two graduate student gatherings per semester to discuss videos
  • Find opportunities for using previously recorded videos (in whole or in part) on MIT websites
  • Also note general responsibilities above

Skills

Background with video and editing equipment; strong organizational skills; ability to meet deadlines; enjoys working on a team. Interviewing skills a plus.

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Videographer: Student Snapshots (position filled)

This Fellow supports communications in the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education by working closely with, and reporting to, the ODGE Communications Officer to create Student Snapshot profiles. The appointment period is September 1 through May 31. The work includes the following:

  • Work with the Graduate Accomplishments: Writing Fellow to identify grad students doing great research, that meet the ODGE selection criteria
  • Work with the Graduate Accomplishments: Writing Fellow to record Student Snapshot interviews with graduate students about their work and life, focusing on the “whole person”
  • Edit the video for publishing online (this will be a companion piece to the Graduate Accomplishements synopsis)
  • Edit a companion audio file with more interview footage
  • Also note general responsibilities above

Skills

Excellent interviewing skills; familiarity with video and editing equipment; ability to meet deadlines; enjoys working on a team.

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Violence Prevention & Response (position filled)

This Fellow supports the Program for Violence Prevention and Response (VPR) by working closely with, and reporting to, the Program Manager for VPR. The Fellow’s work will be toward two aims: 1.) Supporting the work of VPR, the Peer Education student group, and End Violence; and 2.) Completing a project of the Fellow’s own design. The appointment period is September 1 through May 31. The following will be important tasks in achieving these aims:

  • Outreach to a broad cross-section of the graduate and undergraduate student community to draw a large, diverse group of students into the project’s work and to events
  • Drawing other graduate students into a leadership team to plan and lead an action or service project of the Fellow’s own design related to the issue in the spring semester
  • Ensuring that all programs focus on particular issues of importance to the MIT graduate student community through coordination with various offices at MIT, including one or more of the following: Women’s & Gender Studies, the International Students Office, the GSC, Spouses & Partners @ MIT, ODGE, the Board of Chaplains, MIT Medical and the Technology and Culture Forum
  • Overseeing development and maintenance of the End Violence website
  • Providing administrative support to the Peer Education group
  • Tracking involvement and attendance at events
  • Using knowledge of the graduate community, other MIT offices, and violence in
    general to aid VPR in developing, implementing, evaluating, and refining
    a violence prevention program for single graduate residences
  • Working with VPR to plan and carry out activities for Sexual Assault
    Awareness Month, and working to increase student and community attendance at events
  • Also note general responsibilities above

SKILLS

Strong community-organizing skills; strong communication skills; experience with project planning; curiosity and interest in learning; team focus.

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