Community Employment Administrator
What drew you to work for the Center?
I have worked in the nonprofit sector for my whole career and across different countries, so the idea of connecting talented students to the nonprofit community was extremely appealing to me. Students are passionate innovators and agents of change by definition. They can really make a difference, while also learning or honing skills, building resumes, and exploring careers. Ultimately, these meaningful community service opportunities benefit all parties involved: students, nonprofits, and MIT!
What's the best part about your job?
I truly enjoy helping individuals and organizations build their capacity for the benefit of the wider community. It’s a pleasure to give students the opportunity to do good while also doing something for themselves, and to give local nonprofits the opportunity to involve students at many different levels, thinking outside the box. Besides, I am very lucky to be part of a great team of incredibly dedicated professionals!
What do you do for fun outside the office?
I spend all my free time with my family and friends. I love reading books, cooking, and volunteering with local groups. Libraries, bookstores, and restaurants are my favorite places!
As the Center’s Community Employment Administrator, Chiara helps Federal Work-Study eligible students find, secure, and succeed in Work-Study placements with community service agencies. Chiara is responsible for all aspects of program development and implementation and ensures that Community Service Work-Study placements meet the Public Service Center’s standards for service and educational outcomes as well as Federal and MIT Work-Study regulations. Chiara supports students working individually and develops and runs programs for cohorts of students to work and serve together.
Chiara was born and raised in Italy, where she received a master's in history and worked as career and employment advisor. She lived for several years in Ireland, where she garnered experience in internship and volunteer program management and expertise in diversity and inclusion initiatives. In Massachusetts, Chiara’s work has mainly focused on immigrant integration, cross-cultural communications, and capacity building before joining the PKG Center in August 2015.