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PKG Summer

PKG Summer Immersion

Work side-by-side with community organizations that are striving to eliminate health disparities and improve the wellbeing of American Indians and Indigenous communities.

The PKG Summer Immersion program consists of two opportunities, each designed to provide you with a comprehensive experience working alongside organizations that are strengthening local communities through health and sustainability programs.

These opportunities are:

PKG Connect (week-long immersion program) Travel with a small group of MIT students to Navajo Nation and spend the week meeting with community members and stakeholders to learn about important social and technical issues on the reservation. As part of this experiene you will spend two days collaborating with DIGDEEP’s Navajo Water Project and assisting DIGDEEP in ongoing household survey processes. Throughout this experience you will speak with community members, gain data collection experience, and utilize ESRI ArcGIS software. You will also help assemble DIGDEEP’s home water systems and collaborate with staff to make system improvements. Build your technical skills and learn from community members!
  • Travel Dates: Tuesday, May 28- Tuesday June 4 (Tuesdays will be travel days)
  • Info Session: Wednesday, April 24 at 5pm in W20-549 (PKG Center) 
  • Mandatory Team Meeting Dates:
    • Friday, May 3 at 11am
    • Friday, May 10 at 11am
    • Friday, May 16 at 11am
    • Note, if you have a conflict with these dates please let us know, as other possibilities may be available.

Apply for PKG Connect by Saturday, April 27 at 11:59pm

Apply here

Team Internships (8-10 week summer semester immersion program)  Team Internships are a collaborative summer internship program between Community Outreach & Patient Empowerment (COPE) and the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center at MIT (PKG Center) for mid June - mid August 2019. As part of this experience, join a team of MIT student interns that are placed in specific full-time internships with selected supervisors at COPE. Each student will support COPE's mission to eliminate health disparities and improve the wellbeing of American Indians and Alaska Natives. This particular internship is located in Gallup, New Mexico, serving the Dine community living on or near the Navajo Nation.

Projects are designed to support the public health work of COPE, and address the themes of food access and insecurity, nutrition, communications, training & outreach, data collection & reporting, and implementing a curriculum on cancer awareness.

The 2019 deadline for this program has passed
Selected applicants will be invited to interview with the PKG Center and finalists will be invited to interview remotely with staff at COPE. Once you submit your application, please email a copy of your resume to with the subject line "[YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME] Resume for COPE"

Info Sessions 
  • April 3 from 1-2pm in the PKG Center (W20-555)
  • April 5 from 3-4:45pm in the PKG Center (W20-555)