DUSP-PKG Career Development Fellowship

Cosponsored by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning

DUSP-PKG Fellowships are ideal for DUSP students planning a career in international development or public service. If you are a DUSP student in the process of lining up a summer internship or looking for funding to support efforts on a project, consider applying to the DUSP-PKG Fellowship program. DUSP-PKG Career Development Fellowships are only available for the summer. Check back in the spring semester for the summer deadline. 

We fund projects that focus on bringing about positive change for the community being served.

If you are not a DUSP student, consider applying for the PKG Fellowship instead.

Focus Areas

Developing regions outside of the United States

You can propose internships tackling issues faced by developing regions around the world. However, check the MIT travel policy and travel warnings as travel to some locations is prohibited. You may also work on international development projects from within the United States.


Domestic fellowships may be anywhere in the United States.


To qualify, you must be a continuing DUSP student who:

  • Will be working on a public service-focused project in the United States or a developing region
  • Plans to commit at least eight to twelve weeks to the project
  • Will be a registered MIT student in the semester following the internship


DUSP-PKG Career Development Fellowships are only available for the summer. Check back in the spring semester for the summer deadline.

Awards Requirements

By accepting the funding that we may offer you, you agree to:

  • Meet with us to confirm final plans and discuss risk management
  • While in the field, submit a weekly check-in to internship liaison that outlines recent work completed, plans for the following week, and learning goals accomplished.
  • Ensure that your community partner oversees your work and checks in regularly with Internship staff to report on project progress
  • Sign a contract and a liability waiver
  • Arrange for all necessary health, safety, and legal needs: e.g., passport and visa if needed, health insurance, vaccinations
  • After completion of the fellowship, submit a short paragraph describing the overall experience, reflecting on its effects, and a short report on how the funds were spent
  • Give a professional presentation to DUSP peers and others, focusing on the service and career development outcomes of the fellowship
  • Acknowledge the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center and DUSP as sponsors
  • Participate in our evaluation process
  • Permit us to publicize your work through our website, print materials, and other publicity
  • Share photographs with us

What We Fund

  • International development and domestic public service projects that have a strong prospect of sustainable benefit for the community and career development potential for the student
  • Both new and continuing projects
  • Work with community-focused organizations such as non-profits, government offices, international aid agencies, schools, and grassroots groups
  • Student-initiated service enterprises
  • Work with for-profit businesses if the business is using a social-entrepreneurship model to address the needs of an under-served community

How to Apply

  • Submit your application as an email attachment to pscdusp@mit.edu.
  • Preferred file formats: Microsoft Word and PDF
  • Please include DUSP-PKG Summer Fellowship in the subject line of your email.
  • You can include additional materials that you think will help, but please be selective.
  • Request a letter of commitment from your proposed community partner (guidelines below) well before the program deadline. This cover letter is due on the same date as your application.

Cover page

  • Name, department, student status (sophomore, etc.), and ID number
  • Contact information: email, phone, and mailing address
  • Name of internship organization and primary contact there
  • Brief abstract


  • Briefly describe the organization at which you will be interning.
  • Provide a brief explanation of your supervisor's position and the work that you will be doing for them.
  • What community will you serve? Describe the community needs you intend to address.
  • Describe the internship, and explain the specific ways your work will address the needs you outline. Include useful information such as:
    • What are your objectives?
    • What is the timeline for this work?
    • Where will the internship take place?
    • Other logistics we need to know
  • Explain your evaluation plans. How you will know if you accomplish your objectives?
  • What are the public service outcomes that you will achieve during your internship?
  • How will the internship contribute to your career, education, and personal goals?
  • Outline in a half a page your safety considerations for the project.
    • What are the main safety issues in the location you will be working in?
    • What steps will you take to prioritize your safety and what resources have you identified to help you stay safe?
    • Does your project have any safety implications for the community you are serving and how will you address these?
  • Budget (one page)
    • To help us understand your financial position relative to your proposal, and to assist you in your planning process, please include a project budget. Tell us about any other actual or potential sources and amounts of funding. We request notification of additional funding from other sources and we may make appropriate award modifications in consultation with students.

Guidelines for the letter of commitment

The letter of commitment must be from a key community partner, preferably the person who will supervise your work. This letter should outline the project idea, describe how you and your community partner plan to work together, and show the community partner's commitment to supporting you with project advice and local knowledge. Send the following guidelines to your community partner when requesting your letter:

Every year, up to 6 students in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at MIT receive a DUSP-PKG Fellowship to support summer work that combines public service or international development with career development. These Fellowships are co-funded and administered by DUSP and the MIT Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center (PKG Center).

Each program applicant must propose a community partner who will supervise or otherwise support their work, and request a letter of support from that potential partner. Please follow these guidelines in writing your letter:

  • Please discuss the project details with the student before committing to supporting the project.
  • If possible, read a draft of the student’s DUSP-PKG Fellowship application before writing your letter.
  • Include the following contact information:
    • Your name
    • Name of the organization you represent
    • Your position in the organization
    • Work phone number
    • E-mail

Please cover the following information:

  • Outline the project idea and its usefulness to your organization or community.
  • Describe how the student will fit into your organization and how you plan to collaborate with the student on this project. 
  • Indicate your commitment to supporting the student with project advice and useful local knowledge where appropriate.
  • Indicate your commitment to helping the student with exploring careers in your organization or field.

Email your letter to pscdusp@mit.edu. All letters will be treated confidentially and used solely for the selection process.

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