IDEAS Staff & Partners


We're here to help you to connect with a wide variety of service, social entrepreneurship, and innovation opportunities across MIT, the country, and the globe. We also provide guidance, funding, and connections for your project.

Our mission is to get you out there, working side by side with like-minded collaborators, to make a better world. You contribute your skills and your knowledge, your energy and your spirit, your creativity and your ingenuity to improve the way the world works—one project at a time. We'll help you build on your ideas and connect you with the resources you need to get started.

Student Staff Openings with IDEAS


MIT IDEAS Graduate Assistant

 

Level of Effort: 10-15 hours/week
Compensation: $16/hour
Location: MIT Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, W20-549

This position would 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. This role may also be responsible for running logistics and managing volunteers for several large campus events, or assisting with a new workshop series on Ethics, Social Change, and Community-Based Engagement. We are looking for someone who would be comfortable representing the program and speaking to students, faculty, and corporate sponsors. We are a small team, and it is important that candidates are flexible and open to taking on a variety of tasks.

Qualifications: Must be enrolled as a graduate student at MIT or another Boston-area university. Detail-oriented; Willingness to learn new software and project management tools; Strong writing skills; Excellent interpersonal skills; Experience running complex events and/or managing complex tasks. International and cross-cultural experience, interest in human-centered design, and/or familiarity with Boston’s innovation and social entrepreneurship ecosystem are a plus.

Contact: Please send your resume and a letter of interest to Keely Swan, kcswan@mit.edu




MIT Undergraduate Student Worker - IDEAS Program

 

Level of Effort: 10-15 hours/week
Compensation: $12/hour

This position would be responsible for helping the Administrator with tasks like campus publicity, database management, social media updates, event coordination, and representing the program to clubs and classes. Depending on candidate's skills and interests, tasks may also involve interviewing student teams and writing updates, researching social entrepreneurship topics and best practices, developing new systems for data management, and more. We are a small team, and it is important that candidates are flexible and open to taking on a variety of tasks.

Qualifications: Must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at MIT. Detail-oriented; Willingness to learn new software and project management tools; Excellent interpersonal skill. Students with international and cross-cultural experience, interest in human-centered design, and/or familiarity with MIT’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem might particularly enjoy working with our program.

Contact: Please send your resume and a letter or email of interest to Keely Swan, kcswan@mit.edu

Program Staff


 

Keely Swan

Keely Swan

IDEAS Global Challenge Administrator, kcswan@mit.edu

As the Administrator of the IDEAS Global Challenge, Keely works closely with student teams throughout the competition cycle – assisting them with brainstorming, networking, and finessing their proposals. She also coordinates the competition’s major events, collaborating across departments and centers at MIT, working with a large team of volunteers, and assisting teams as they implement projects. Prior to joining the MIT Public Service Center, Keely spent several years managing an international campaign on human rights and gender-based violence at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University. Keely also worked at Brandeis University as the coordinator for the Brandeis-India Initiative and South Asian Studies Department. In 2007-08, she spent a year at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Keely holds an MA in Anthropology and Women’s & Gender Studies from Brandeis University and a BA in International Studies from Franklin & Marshall College.


Prerna Sekhri

Prerna Sekhri

IDEAS Graduate Assistant, globalchallenge@mit.edu

Prerna is an MS/MBA candidate at the new IDM program and at Sloan. After graduating from college, she worked as a management consultant with various departments of the Indian Government on projects ranging from drafting public policy, to strategic organizational design, to management and technology transformations. Before coming to Sloan, Prerna worked as a product and marketing manager at a communications software startup in San Francisco, with a focus on consumer data privacy. She is a proud recipient of PKG Center's Public Service Grants for two incredible projects: one over IAP with a new-immigrant serving nonprofit-food&ag social enterprise in Hawaii, and the other for interning with the UN World Food Programme in Rome over the summer. Prerna grew up in New Delhi, India, and hold a BA in Economics and Political Science from Yale University.


Jiwon ParkJiwon Victoria Park

IDEAS Communications Assistant, globalchallenge@mit.edu

Victoria is currently pursuing a BS in Chemistry from MIT (Class of 2017). She was part of the 2014 IDEAS Winning team Du’Anyam – a project that seeks to provide a source of income to pregnant and expecting mothers in rural Indonesia through wicker weaving initiatives. Victoria has a deep interest in medicine and global health, and has served as a research intern at LV Prasad Eye Clinic in Hyderabad, India.