PKG Spring Break

PKG Spring

PKG Spring Break

Explore social issues in context • Have fun working together as a group • Connect with local efforts to better their communities

If you’re like many of your MIT classmates, a typical college spring break getaway feels like a missed opportunity. You want a change of pace but also a change of perspective. The alternative? Join a weeklong PKG Spring Break project that tests the knowledge and skills you’ve been working so hard to build.

    Current Projects

    PKG Spring Break: Climate Change, New England

    Spend Spring Break exploring the work that local organizations do to address climate change in New England. Hike through the woods to an observatory gathering local meteorological data, travel via boat to visit the Boston Harbor Islands and assess the impacts of erosion and changing sea temperature, and join your peers in a simulation that tackles humanitarian response to climate disaster. Then, share your experience and scientific message with the broader community via a customized communications project. Meet effective local organizations making a difference in our own backyard!

    PKG Spring Break: Environmental Sustainability and Community Development, Camden, NJ

    Spend the week volunteering across a variety of nonprofits in Camden, NJ and see how local organizations use sustainability and environmental stewardship as a means of mobilizing and invigorating community. Learn from local community members and volunteer at a series of urban farms, local soup kitchens, and schools. Your group will also implement a specifically assigned project identified by our partners. Last year students designed and constructed compost bins for a local community garden.

    PKG Spring Break: Criminal Justice, Greater Boston (NEW for spring 2019! )

    Explore Boston’s criminal justice system from multiple perspectives. Speak with individuals involved in the system, including formerly incarcerated individuals and professionals in the field. Learn about their experiences and visit community and government organizations involved in the legal, law enforcement, and corrections aspects of the justice system. Spend the week walking through the process from pre-adjudication through re-entry.

    Recent PKG Spring Break Projects

    Check out these great student-produced videos from our 2018 Climate Change Spring Break:

    You can also take a look at a day-by-day account from our 2018 Community Development Spring Break on their tumblr!

    Our Goals

    PKG Spring Break matches teams of MIT students with community organizations where students learn firsthand about complex social issues impacting communities and the work that is being done to address those challenges. Teams consist of undergraduate and graduate students, and typically include 8-15 people. Student leaders facilitate this experience for their assigned cohort, and utilize the support of staff mentors to create a fun, community-embedded, and thought-provoking experience.

    • Practice mutually beneficial community partnerships
    • Provide spaces for students to learn from our partners about the realities faced in the communities with whom they collaborate
    • Develop skills and knowledge students can use for the betterment of humankind
    • Inspire reflection on the nature of service and social realities around us
    • Create opportunities in which needed, effective public service positively impacts communities

    Applications for Spring Break 2019 are live*!

    Please apply only to your first choice (you will be given an option to rank you preferences within the application). 

    Apply to PKG Spring Break: Criminal Justice Boston

    Apply to PKG Spring Break: Climate Change, New England  

    Apply to PKG Spring Break: Environmental Sustainability, Camden, NJ 

    How to Get Involved

    • Apply as an individual to join one of our spring teams. We’ll take care of the details, cover the cost of participation, and set up the community partnership.
    • We have limited funding available to support student group initiatives. Please contact by mid-November to inquire about receiving support for your group initiative over spring break. Resources might include, advice, community connections, brainstorming logistics, training workshops, and funding.

    Talk to us about PKG Spring Break

    Office: W20-549
    Phone: (617) 253-0742

    Events and deadlines

     Info sessions

    • Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 6pm in 5-134
    • Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7pm, location 5-134
    • Friday, February 15, 2019 from 12-2pm (drop-in) in W20-549

    Application Deadline

    Monday, February 18, 2019 11:59pm  Deadline EXTENDED through Friday, February 22 at 5pm.

    Applications for Spring Break 2019 are live!

    Apply to PKG Spring Break: Criminal Justice Boston

    Apply to PKG Spring Break: Climate Change, New England  

    Apply to PKG Spring Break: Environmental Sustainability, Camden, NJ 


    PKG Spring Break Team Meetings

    All PKG Spring Break 2019 participants must attend 3 mandatory team meetings as a requirement of acceptance. The dates for these meetings will take place on Mondays, from March 4 – March 18, 2019 at 7 – 8:30 pm. All participants will also commit to attending our end of program reflection dinner to celebrate the culmination of projects on Monday, April 8, 2019 from 7-9pm.