Fall 2017

 

Fundred Youth Ambassador Program Intern

Commitment: 10-20 hours/week
Compensation: $20/hr

CoLab's Empathetic Aesthetics Program, which connects urban planning resources and expertise to the social justice projects of community-engaged artists, is seeking a part-time intern to design and pilot a Youth Ambassador Program for the Fundred Dollar Bill Project. In the face of lead poisoning, an invisible, environmental health threat to children, the Fundred Dollar Bill Project, led by partnering artist, Mel Chin, is a creative currency that demonstrates public will for a healthy, lead-safe future for all children...


Community-Based Research and Evaluation Intern

Commitment: 10-20 hours/week
Compensation: $20/hr

CoLab is looking for a student who is interested in the intersections of art, environmental and social justice. The part-time intern position will enable students to participate in CoLab’s Empathetic Aesthetics program by joining the Fundred team and supporting their evaluation work over the summer. This will be a chance to develop or deepen evaluation skills and support the growth of a project committed to advancing the role of creativity in the fight to end lead poisoning. Responsibilities include interviewing and holding focus groups with teachers, parents, students, policy advocates, and other key partners, as well as analyzing and compiling the data collected into a report. The selected intern can expect to work between 10-20 hours/week at $20/hr. While this opportunity is for the summer, there is the possibility of renewal for the fall.

See full description for application details.

Economic Democracy Project Internship (Position Filled)

MIT Community Innovators Lab is seeking a graduate-level student intern on a part-time basis to support the Economic Democracy Project, which encompasses several cohorts of Mel King Community Fellows made up of worker center, labor, and community leaders, who are collectively working to build a multi-racial, multi-sectoral movement.

CoLab is seeking a graduate student with relevant interests and expertise to support the Economic Democracy Project by providing ongoing area-specific support (outlined below) to the established working groups as they continue to develop their work, as well as support with ongoing project design. See full internship description here.

To apply for this position, please send the following materials to Katherine Mella at kmella@mit.edu: a resume and a brief description of why you are interested in this position, including what relevant experience you would bring to the role. We are actively receiving applications and will be inviting selected applicants to interview on a rolling basis.


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Toolkit Research and Development Intern

 

CoLab's Empathetic Aesthetics Program is seeking a Toolkit Research and Development Intern to support the research, writing and development of a new toolkit, Listening to the City: Engagement, Exploration and Intervention through Sound. The toolkit will draw upon the work of presenters at the 2-day Listening to the City Conference being hosted at MIT on May 25-26, and will also highlight other examples from around the world that utilize sound practice as a creative method of inquiry, a tool for democratic engagement, and a means for social change.  The intern will work with a team of CoLab staff and partners to identify contemporary examples of sound practice in community research and engagement contexts and to solicit information from practitioners of these approaches to incorporate into the toolkit. This project is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, and interns will work between 10-40 hr/week at $20/hour from June - August. To apply, please send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Allegra Williams at allegraw@mit.edu by April 10th. 

Community-based Research and Evaluation Intern

CoLab's Empathetic Aesthetics Program, which facilitates connections between urban planning resources and expertise and the social justice projects of community-engaged artists, is seeking 3-4 full-time and part-time summer interns to support documentation and evaluation of the Fundred Dollar Bill Project, an initiative led by partnering artist, Mel Chin. In the face of lead poisoning, an invisible, environmental health threat to children, the Fundred Dollar Bill Project is a creative currency that demostrates public will for a healthy, lead safe future for all children. Children and adults alike can draw and donate their Fundred (a hand-drawn interpretation of a $100 bill) as a unique expression to be joined with voices from all across the country. In 2017, the collection of more than 450,000 Fundreds will come to Washington DC to demonstrate our collective investment in the value of the lives of all children and to invite policymakers to invest in policies and actions to realize a lead free future. Research and evaluation efforts will involve interviewing and holding focus groups with teachers, parents, students, policy advocates, and other key partners, as well as analyzing the data collected. Other responsibilities may include documenting the work through CoLab's blog, CoLab Radio, or through the production of other media. Interns will work between 20-40 hours/week at $20/hr. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Allegra Williams at allegraw@mit.edu by April 10th. 

Participatory Action Research at Palmas Lab in Fortaleza, Brazi

CoLab is offering a summer opportunity to contribute to a collaboration with PalmasLab, a center for research, technology development and youth leadership in Fortaleza, Brazil. CoLab is seeking a team of students to work with PalmasLab for 10 weeks over the summer on an ongoing Participatory Action Research (PAR) project focused on local socio-economic development. Proficiency in Portuguese is required for this opportunity. CoLab will support students in securing funding through campus resources (ie, MISTI, PKG, etc). The full project description is available here. Please contact Alison Coffey with any questions, or send your resume and cover letter to her at acoffey@mit.edu to apply.