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The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center (PKG) helps MIT achieve its mission of working wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind. PKG programs provide encouragement, advice, logistical support, and funding to help students engage in meaningful and effective public service work in the local community, throughout the United States, and around the world.

The PKG Center goal is to enrich the MIT education for students through hands-on, real-world opportunities that complement the innovative culture of MIT. Programs are designed to help students apply classroom learning, develop new skills, and understand the complexities of resolving challenges while working collaboratively with communities.

Programs & Opportunities

Fellowships support work with community-focused organizations: nonprofits, government offices, aid agencies, schools, for-profit social enterprises, student-initiated service enterprises, and others. PKG fellows can collaborate with a partner in the community, pilot a social enterprise, or explore a public service career.

LEAP Grants support MIT students’ public service activities in the U.S.

IDEAS Global Challenge
IDEAS is an annual innovation and social entrepreneurship program that enables students to apply their MIT education in real-world situations to tackle quality of life issues for people around the world.

Community Service Work-Study
Students who qualify for federal work-study are able to build their work experience while assisting nonprofit organizations with finding creative solutions to the problems they face.