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Sunday, September 30, 2018

What is Public Service?

What do you think of when you hear the phrase "public service"? If you're conjuring images of government agencies or working at a food pantry you're not wrong...but there is so much more! At MIT, the unique skills of the student body, the resources available across the Institute, and even our urban location let us take public service to the next level. 

Below we've highlighted several examples of the different ways public service is happening at MIT
through social entrepreneurship (IDEAS), civic engagement (with student groups like COMIT), capacity building and direct service  with community partners (fostered by the Social Action Fair), and community education (through experiential learning opportunities such as the PKG Summer Series). You might already be engaging in public service and not know it!

The PKG Center is here to help you boost what you're already doing and explore new ways to get involved that you may never have even considered. Stop by our offices in W20-549 to find a service experience that fits your interests.

 
Four IDEAS alumni were chosen for BostInno's 25 Rising Entrepreneurs and Technologists Under the Age of 25. 
Couldn't attend the PKG Social Action Fair on 9/18? Meet the organizations who were there and find out how you can get involved locally! 
    Upcoming PKG Events  & Deadlines   
Meet COMIT-- A new student group that is starting conversations and ramping up civic engagement at MIT! 
The PKG Summer Series connected students with fun community engagement opportunities including a hike in the Blue Hills Reservation.
The PKG Center helps you apply and expand your problem-solving skills to some of the world's toughest challenges. We offer: 
  • Programs that let you explore social change efforts and organizations locally and globally through immersive service experiences, paid employment, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Expert assistance with designing, planning, and executing service projects (for student organizations, FSILGs and other groups).
  • Funding and support for social ventures and independent research that address pressing social issues.

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