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%)
    • With guidance from the Coordinator, organize, oversee and facilitate 3-6 in dorm, interfaith, dialogue events.
    • 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 independently.

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Data-Visualization Specialist: Blacks at MIT History Project (position open for  2014-15)

This Fellow will work for the Black History at MIT Project by compiling, analyzing, and designing creative visual content from existing research data on black students, staff and faculty at MIT.  Position will report directly to Project Director, Lead Author and Assistant Director of Writing.  The appointment period is October 1 through May 31. The work includes the following:

  • Compile, analyze, and design creative visual content form existing data on black students, staff and faculty at MIT. The works of Edward Tufte and Stephen Few are great inspirational reference points for the project.
  • Compile and use data to identify and communicate patterns and trends in the black experience at MIT.
  • Visually express data through compelling maps, infographics, photography, and interactive media using analysis, graphic design, and all relevant technology tools.
  • Create content for use on the project website and for publication in a pictorial and documentary history book of the black experience at MIT, 1865-present.
  • Work in collaboration with the project’s director, writers and media specialists.
  • Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills

  • Strong design and data visualization skills. Please be prepared to show any examples you have created in the past of information graphics or math/science-related artwork.
  • Knowledge of at least one graphics and visualization tool such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, or Excel–Flash.
  • Ability to work well independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Strong analytical, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to the highest standards of design and data accuracy.
  • Genuine interest in and commitment to diversity.
  • Photography skills are a plus.

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Graduate Accomplishments: Writer (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. 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 1 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 open for 2014-15)

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 August 18 through June 30.  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 open for 2014-15)

This Fellow supports efforts in promoting engagement in and chronicling MIT graduate student life.  Her of she will provide a coordination role of many GSC marketing processes, which will include generating photos, videos, and graphic design content that will serve to document graduate student life and resources at the Institute, as well as designing  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 Secretary.  The appointment period is October 15 through May 31.  The work includes the following:

  • Manage the marketing and publicity for GSC events in collaboration with the GSC Secretary.
  • Help recruit and coordinate designers for GSC publicity materials; design posters, etc for GSC events as needed.
  • Update social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook with relevant news items.
  • Partner with the Tech on graduate student news coverage.
  • Spotlight achievements by graduate student campus leaders in collaboration with the Graduate Accomplishments Writing Fellows.
  • Also note general responsibilities above.

SKILLS

Experience with graphic design; experience or interest in creative marketing and publicity campaigns; collaborative mindset and comfort working in teams.

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Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO) (2 positions for 2014-15)

This Fellow will support the Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO) on several key diversity and inclusion projects for 2014-15.  The GCF will work directly with the ICEO Office, Human Resources Manager of Staff and Diversity Inclusion, and ICEO Program Director.  The GCF will report to the ICEO Program Director.

Planned projects include the Institute Diversity Summit in early 2015, the establishment of a MIT-wide task force to develop a statement of community values and norms, and promotion of the MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars Program.

The appointment period is October 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015.  The work includes the following:

  • Work closely with the ICEO staff, HR manager of Staff Diversity and Inclusion, and MLK Writer/Editor to serve as a resource in the planning and execution of three projects (logistics, event planning and writing).
  • Support the task force developing a draft MIT Compact, a statement of community values and norms.
  • Work with Human Resources Manager of Staff Diversity and Inclusion, ICEO Program Director and other diversity staff on planning of the 2015 Institute Diversity Summit.
  • Work on updates to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professors and Scholars Program online newsletter with MLK Writer and Editor.
  • Update diversity documents for the office.
  • Interface with the Graduate Student Council (GSC) and the ICEO on topics of mutual interest such as the GSC Advising Initiative and the REFS program.
  • Participate in selected team meetings.
  • Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills

Demonstrated interest in diversity, inclusion, and equity issues.  Project management and organization experience; oral and written communication skills; web management experience, particularly WordPress, preferred; familiarity with social networking communications; event planning experience, ability to work independently and with a team approach.

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Language Conversation Exchange (position filled)

This Fellow supports intercultural exchange among graduate students and others at MIT, by coordinating the MIT Language Conversation Exchange Program.  This position works closely with and reports directly to the Program Manager.  The major components of this position are to market the program, recruit participants, monitor the website, and design and implement community building events.  The appointment period is August 1 through May 31.  The work includes the following:

  • Market the program and recruit participants (orientation events, social media, info fairs, outreach to foreign language departments, etc.).
  • Be the primary contact for applicants and participants.
  • Monitor the website, approve applications, keep participant database updated.
  • Perform regular program evaluations, incorporating participants’ feedback where possible.
  • Develop new outreach efforts and community programs that bring together conversation partners.
  • Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills

Demonstrated interest in languages and cultural exchange; experience with marketing and event planning; excellent interpersonal skills and good judgment about people; experience in online community management; self starter, independent worker .

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Media for CR@MIT (position open for 2014-15)

This Fellow supports the area of Student Outreach and Support (SOS) in the Division of Student Life by working closely with and reporting to the Assistant Director for Conflict Resolution. The goal of Student Outreach and Support (SOS) is to support students by offering solutions, resources, education, outreach and programming on prevention and intervention. As the Graduate Community Fellow for Outreach, Communications, and Visual Media, you will be working primarily with one area of SOS, Conflict Resolution@MIT to increase its effectiveness in serving the MIT community, particularly through use by graduate students  The appointment period is September 1 through May 31.  The work includes the following:

  • Tape interviews with Student Outreach and Support staff about their work and how they are a resource to students.
  • Edit interviews into a video for publishing online at http://studentlife.mit.edu/sos and other sites.
  • Record SOS presentations and workshops, edit for publishing online.
  • Edit content previously videotaped for publication with new video, find opportunities for using edited material (in whole or in part) on MIT websites, such as MIT Together.
  • Attend and photograph SOS presentations and workshops, edit for publishing online.

Skills

Excellent interpersonal communications and listening skills; background with video and editing equipment; detail orientation; creativity; ability to work effectively both independently and with others; ability to meet deadlines.  Interviewing experience a plus.

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Programs for Graduate Student Support (position filled)

This Fellows supports graduate students programs and events that focus on graduate student support by working closely with, and reporting directly to the Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Support & Advising, and indirectly to the Senior Associate Dean.  The appointment period is September 1 through May 31.  The work includes the following:

  • Develop, implement, and assess programs and events that promote the holistic well-being of graduate students; such as Resource Ambassador Dinners, departmental presentations, etc.
  • Interact with departments, administrative offices, and student groups with which the ODGE  partners or whose activities the ODGE funds.
  • Develop marketing tools for programs, events, and services.
  • Partner with other Fellows on mutually beneficial projects.
  • Collaborate with ODGE Communications Officer, the Diversity Initiatives Team, and International Students Office in meeting student needs.
  • Represent the ODGE on committees and/or working groups as needed and appropriate.

Skills

Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; ability to work independently; creative thinker; public speaking/presentation skills.  Experience with project/event planning as well as an interest in organizational systems is a plus.  Preference will be given to candidates in their second year of study or higher.

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Programs for International Students (please check back for 2014-15)

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) (position filled)

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 June 30 for the 2014-15 academic year.  The work includes the following:

  • Assist with events and continuing education for REFS at least monthly throughout the semester.
  • Assist with training and coordination of 40-hour conflict management trainings run in January and June.
  • 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 individuals and departments involved in the REFS program.
  • Create marketing and promotional materials tailored to each department.
  • Obtain further training in negotiation and conflict resolution in order to support and present 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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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, SAFER^2, and End Violence on sexual violence, relationship abuse, stalking and harassment on campus; and 2.) Completing a project on one of the aforementioned topics 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 SAFER^2.
  • 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 graduate residences.
  • Work with VPR to plan and carry out activities for Sexual Assault
    Awareness Month, and work 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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