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  • Resources - MIT Public Service Center
    That s the good news The challenge is that logistic considerations limit our course to a maximum of 14 teachers each year We would like to use the course website and social media to connect past and current participants and to cultivate a broader virtual community of educators interested in hands on problem based approaches to teaching Our current very basic website explains the course to prospective participants We would like to expand and develop the site to enable participants to post and share comments images videos and teaching challenges and successes We would also like to amplify and expand course experiences and strategies to empower a broader virtual community These goals require professional site design including a forum and other features that are beyond our web programming abilities We seek an applicant who would begin talking with us this spring begin working in earnest in June and come with us to Costa Rica during July to engage in further brainstorming and development of web based outreach and communication strategies Qualifications Preferences and Assets The ideal applicant would have a combination of web and communication skills the ability to design a sophisticated website easily navigable by novice users a deep love and appreciation for science an interest in exploring ways of teaching and learning and a dedication to improving teaching and educational opportunities Social skills would be useful because course participants form a cohesive and creative community of learners who explore communicate and build on what we teach them An ideal applicant would become a part of that community and incorporate ideas and goals from participants as well as from course directors Some familiarity with Spanish could be useful but is not necessary the course is run in English Experience with digital video production editing would also be a plus

    Original URL path: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/opportunities/projects/rainforest.html (2016-02-01)
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    works with Interns will work alongside our experienced technicians and engineers in the field and also have the chance to participate in cultural exchange events and guayusa ceremonies Internship opportunities Community Development Interns and researchers on our community development team will work with Fundación Runa and the farmers association to survey the needs of indigenous communities Summer 2011 interns began the process of designing the survey field work is now needed to interview all 60 communities who work with Runa This information will be gathered for planning of future projects Agroforestry System Design Guayusa Ilex guayusa is a native holly tree to the Ecuadorian Amazon Historically the tree has been wild harvested or cultivated in small quantities Runa works with indigenous farmers to boost production of guayusa by growing it in agroforestry systems Researchers on our agroforestry team will work with farmers and Runa field technicians to design a participatory research initiative Agricultural Economics Interns and researchers on our economic team will investigate the costs and benefits of guayusa production in the Napo region They will work with our local field team and farmers to calculate net present value of guayusa plantations opportunity costs and the social environmental benefits of production Forest Conservation and Watershed Management Interns and researchers on our conservation team will work in the communities of Santa Rita and Alto Tena to monitor conservation buffer zones around the Colonso Protected Forest The Colonso Forest is a 10 000 hectare 22 000 acre reserve of primary rainforest that serves as the water source for the towns of Tena and Archidona Qualifications Preferences and Assets Minimum age 18 Industry professionals graduate undergraduate students majoring in international studies environmental science policy business agriculture or a related field Full travel medical insurance Necessary vaccinations Necessary flights visas Experience in Latin America

    Original URL path: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/opportunities/projects/runa-ecuador.html (2016-02-01)
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    friendly and cost effective service provider One of the ways we intend to do it is by making better use of our data The institute collects vast amounts of data on its operations and beneficiaries but we are only now starting to use it to plan more strategically improve our processes and provide better information to our users The student s will have exposure to high level decision makers and gain experience in a real world setting They would be working for one of three units the Strategic Planning Unit the Innovation and Technology Development Unit or the Revenue and Affiliation Unit The three units work conjunctly on many projects which are interdisciplinary by nature Potential ongoing projects the student s could work in include Develop a GIS tool to locate the areas most in need of healthcare facilities Analyze our daycare data to help us find the ideal healthcare center upon which to base our expansion of daycare centers use of GIS to inform that expansion is also an option Analyze geo referenced revenue data to identify potential tax evaders Create apps that help our beneficiaries find the nearest clinic compare services make appointments Develop a tool to better extract and process data from different data sources The challenges IMSS faces are only eclipsed by the potential impact of our actions We expect hard work and high quality work from our interns All three supervisors have studied in the United States and one supervisor is an MIT Alum Qualifications Preferences and Assets All candidates are expected to have basic Spanish and statistical analysis skills Programming data management analytics econometrics GIS economics or enterprise architecture are highly desirable While the challenge is relatively defined the particular way of addressing each issues it is not We are open to working with

    Original URL path: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/opportunities/projects/imss.html (2016-02-01)
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  • Resources - MIT Public Service Center
    in three micro regions Attention Zones located in the Mixteca Mixe Sierra Norte and Valles Centrales regions of Oaxaca The Challenge Puente recently conducted a participative evaluation with the farmers to assess their experience and lessons learned from 2009 2012 With increases in harvest from the previous years the farmers were content with their successful harvests and showed enthusiasm about planting amaranth again in 2013 However the greater amount of amaranth harvested also triggered their concern about the potentially rigorous process of manually preparing the grains for both consumption and commercialization in the future The farmers along with Puente s technical team concluded that the combination of four farming machines sower thresher seed cleaner and popper or any alternatives would considerably help reduce the time and labor invested to transform their harvest into useable form for both consumption and commercialization The participants noted that access to this technology would consequently encourage more farmers in the community to grow amaranth Currently available amaranth technology is limited or non existent expensive and does not always consider the needs of rural communities i e the machines are not very mobile designed only for large extensions expensive among other factors Puente s expertise is community development in nutrition and agriculture and definitely not engineering For this reason we are reaching out to MIT students Puente currently has intern positions available in rural communities ranging from one to three hours from the office headquarters in the city of Oaxaca Mexico Puente is offering a unique opportunity to students of MIT to learn about rural indigenous communities and agricultural systems in Oaxaca first hand The MIT interns will come up with an innovative community and participation based approach at developing appropriate technology to process amaranth for family consumption and larger volume processing Participation is one of the core principles of Puente Puente believes that by involving participants in the process from diagnosis to evaluation we can ensure both the pertinence and the impact of our programs MIT engineers will work with the community members and Puente s agriculture technicians to come up with the best possible technologies created from local resources to transform amaranth seeds into a healthy food alternative and a sustainable source of income Our goal is to be able to provide alternative affordable solutions to the communities Puente can provide on the ground coordination and local knowledge and support to the MIT team Oaxaca is rich in its culture cuisine and landscape Puente encourages the volunteers to explore and travel during their time off to fully experience what this beautiful state has to offer Qualifications Preferences and Assets Puente is looking for candidates who are enthusiastic about sustainable development and agricultural technology and who have a strong desire to learn about rural communities in Mexico first hand Puente s participatory approach requires that the volunteers must keep in mind the needs experiences and expected outcomes expressed by our participants when developing the technology Creativity a willingness to exchange ideas and a strong technical

    Original URL path: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/opportunities/projects/puente-oaxaca.html (2016-02-01)
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    natural environment We intend to design cradle to cradle systems in the production of our compost products It would involve the following Marketing concepts Packaging design Data collection Financing and costing strategy Mechanization Composting toolkit design 2 Zero waste management system At our 10 acre site we would like to design close loop waste management system utilizing all most of out input out materials This would also include sanitation wastewater infrastructure and human effluent natural filtration dry composting toilets and trapped methane gas 3 Sustainable land management Sustainable land management is our main priority All things considered we take very seriously the impact on our soil We are in the process of designing a sustainable land management program in accordance with maintaining a balance between our daily operations and the natural environment We intend to preserve the integrity of the forest through the design of bridges footpaths ponds check dams swales living pods cabins and plant nurseries 4 Community outreach Our land is located closely to a small village community approx 2 000 residents we are working on building trust with the residents through informal interactions having a beer or two at the local bar Our discussions have been very positive and the residents are interested in knowing more about our project We would like to develop a project that reaches out to the community and can encourage collaboration and create opportunities for broader development for the community This possibly can be addressed through the following Pilot projects Training workshops Educational activities Events Qualifications Preferences and Assets Mechanical engineers electrical engineers chemists chemical engineers environmental scientists and more Time Constraints Work hours are flexible and depend on the nature of the help provided Contact Kristal Peters 1 868 334 6529 kristalpeters alum mit edu Mario Lewis Project Manager 1 868

    Original URL path: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/opportunities/projects/inipsis.html (2016-02-01)
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    is to empower recent immigrant families We also hope to further the understanding of both the American and Chinese cultures for each generation and to encourage access to this multicultural society and to each other within the family The Challenge Our non profit runs with over 40 of our funds coming from donors most of which are individuals We currently have old Excel spreadsheets keeping track of these donations and the donors What we could really use is a Microsoft Access spreadsheet tailored for the needs of our program We have a similar need within our programs to have a database to keep track of our students We would love to move into the current technological age in all of this rather than the piecemeal operations we currently have At ACCESS you would have the opportunity to make a huge impact on the daily operations of our organization using your database skills You will also experience first hand the ins and outs of working in a non profit Qualifications Preferences and Assets Experience in Access database is required Ability to be self directed a plus Clear communication skills is appreciated Knowledge of donor database systems a plus but not required

    Original URL path: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/opportunities/projects/access.html (2016-02-01)
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    programs and additional informal educational venues The Challenge The audience for the BioBuilder content is organically growing and there are many facets that a student could address to accelerate and ease the adoption of the curriculum For example teachers are often limited by the cost of laboratory equipment and a student could impact many under resourced teaching settings by developing low cost alternatives to equipment like roller drums for growing cells Alternatively they could contact industrial and corporate partners to explore equipment lending programs In other settings there is equipment and space but no easy plan for showcasing the content so it can be displayed to administrators and superintendents of schools A student could play a key role in the development of a hands on set up that communicates the science engineering and excitement of this field Finally a student who has a background in biology and or biological engineering could help develop teaching slide decks e g using CamStudio http camstudio org that might enable and inspire teachers to introduce the foundational concepts that are the underpinnings of the activities housed at BioBuilder org These teaching materials could enrich the high school college level curriculum that already exists or they could be the kernels of the middle school outreach program Qualificaitons Preferences and Assets The ideal candidate must be passionate about education Candidate must have outstanding interpersonal skills a positive attitude capacity to work effectively independently and be a strong team player Excellent organizational skills are necessary Candidate must be results oriented Must be comfortable with open ended assignments that require independent creative thought and be able to create functioning structures out of a wide variety of project components Candidate must be comfortable working from his or her own location using Web and other tools to communicate with the

    Original URL path: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/opportunities/projects/biobuilder-tpd.html (2016-02-01)
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    girls meet professional women who use math in their work in a vital way Through Community Outreach girls tackle math problems whose solution is requested by a person or group in the real world We produce math educational media including our bimonthly magazine the Girls Angle Bulletin and math educational videos We also offer courses in special topics in math and create special math events for students such as SUMIT The Challenge Girls Angle is an ambitious model of mathematics education and we need help to realize its fullest vision We have separate needs for fundraisers marketers and programmers Please inquire for details Qualifications Preferences and Assets For fundraising previous fundraising experience such as grant writing or organizing a fund raiser is highly desired For marketing being a champion of our mission and an eagerness to interact with people is a must For programmers we seek someone with experience and knowledge writing in HTML javascript pHp mySQL and ajax Familiarity with the current state of math education and gender issues in mathematics are not required but might be helpful Time Constraints Work hours are flexible and depend on the nature of the help provided Contact Ken Fan girlsangle gmail com

    Original URL path: http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/opportunities/projects/girl-angle.html (2016-02-01)
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