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Hurricane Resilience, Preparedness, and Humanitarian Response, Puerto Rico

This position is part of a PKG program called PKG Community-Informed Field Immersion (CIFI). This specific program is a collaborative program between the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico and the PKG Center for Public Service. As part of this experience, join a team of MIT student participants that are placed on specific projects with selected supervisors at the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico. The Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico is committed to offering children and youth hope for a better future and opportunities for them to develop to their full potential.

Tasks and responsibilities of the position:
·      Support team via collaboration on design, testing, and research of hurricane response and preparation, specifically supporting the design of tent options for humanitarian response and preparedness
·      Coordination including arranging virtual meetings and trainings
·      Assisting with project design, including supporting materials to communicate project to external stakeholders; documents, development of website, etc
·      Become familiar with all virtual platforms, and able to work within each
·      Support the initiative partners in gathering and reporting data; provide technological assistance to stakeholders
·      Participate in designated meetings with staff and stakeholders
·      Communicate consistently and frequently with supervisor and student team to provide updates on progress and challenges; meet deadlines as defined by the organization within the appropriate timezone.
·      Assist with other resilience and response program activities and coordination as needed
·      Effectively communicate with identified stakeholders in a timely manner, as determined with supervisor and PKG Center team
·      Participate in assigned outreach to community organizations and members
·      Follow all onboarding policies and procedures
·      Other role-related activities as assigned
·      *This position is a remote position. Connection to internet and a functioning computer are needed in order to perform the remote tasks.

All participants in this program are required to participate in group orientation and reflection activities throughout the fall. The requirements of this program include:
·      Prompt completion of all required onboarding paperwork and clearances (as specified by the PKG Center and community partner organization)
·      Participation in a weekly group reflection meeting to learn about different contextual factors and social determinants of health influencing the project and partner organization. These meetings will occasionally require participants to read an article or 2 prior to the meeting or watch a short video
·      Participation in a weekly half-hour check-in call with PKG Center staff
·      Completion of a weekly supervision check-in document, required by 1pm ET each Friday of the program, and submit this to designated PKG Center and partner staff
·      Complete 1 blogpost for the PKG Center website to share your work and experience (with review from onsite supervisor)
·      Complete end-of-program survey(s)
·      Participate in end-of-program showcase and reflection meeting (date TBD)

Any skills, qualifications and other requirements:
·      Strong organization and management skills
·      Preferred experience with product design or research
·      Preferred experience researching hurricane response in Puerto Rico, or previous work experience with organizations in Puerto Rico
·      Demonstrated skill with platforms and systems that can be used in prototype work, design, and communication, website development
·      Ability to use cultural humility when collaborating across difference
·      Interest in learning about the social factors influencing hurricane vulnerability and disaster preparedness
·      Ability to demonstrate self-reflection
·      Willingness to participate in group and individual discussions around social determinants of health and power, privilege, and positionality
·      Demonstrates careful attention to detail
·      Effective and efficient communicator: able and ready to professionally respond to supervisor and stakeholders promptly

Hourly wage/range:

A stipend up to $1900 for 14 weeks will be paid to each student as a means of offsetting the cost of participation (food, transportation, lodging, living expenses, etc.). The stipend will be determined based on your time committed to the position (# of weeks). International students seeking to apply should check with the International Students Office to verify eligibility.

This paid opportunity was created for actively enrolled MIT undergraduate students in partnership with the PKG Center. This opportunity meets the criteria for the Institute’s Experiential Learning Opportunities guarantee for MIT undergraduates. Please reach out to with any questions or concerns.

In order to apply, please upload your cover letter and resume to the MIT Handshake platform. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 11th, however applications will be received on a rolling basis with interviews scheduled accordingly. If you have questions, please contact