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Public Service Center (PSC)

Public Service Center (PSC)
Building 4, Room 104

Design an innovative technology for a community in need. Improve the quality of life for people living next door or a continent away.  Pitch in, help out, learn, and inspire.  The possibilities are endless. At the MIT Public Service Center, we help students engage in service initiatives that provide needed resources for communities near and far. Through a range of programmatic, funding, and advising resources - including volunteer programs, grants, fellowships, internships, the IDEAS Global Challenge, and Community Service Work-Study positions, you can put your education into action, assisting communities locally, nationally, and internationally. 

Getting involved in public service is a way for you to contribute to the community while enriching your educational experience as an MIT student.  Whether it’s designing a better wheelchair for the disabled in Kenya or engaging in urban redevelopment planning in Harlem, you can improve the lives of people in underserved communities, and, in turn, learn new skills and gain real-world experience. 

The MIT Public Service Center can also benefit your educational experience in a number of other ways.  For example, a student who has Federal Work Study can add to their work experience while assisting nonprofit organizations with the problems they face.  Volunteering can be a great way to gain knowledge and connections while developing skills, and we offer funded opportunities as well.

We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about what you want to do, from thinking about volunteer opportunities to implementing social entrepreneurship endeavors.  Find out how to parlay your enthusiasm and passion into effective service for a community or an issue close to your heart.  The possibilities are endless!



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