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Summer Jobs

Below is a list of summer job opportunities provided by ACT, the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), and MIT. To apply for the ACT positions, please use the student application on the web page (also available here: Student Worker Application). Consistent with the School, the application deadline is Friday, May 15. Our goal is to announce awards by Friday, May 22. Unless otherwise noted, the ACT jobs will offer up to $6400 for 10 weeks of work.

ACT Summer Jobs

Department of Architecture Jobs

SA+P Dean’s Summer Jobs

MIT Summer Jobs

ACT Summer Jobs

ACT Archive & Special Collections Assistant
The ACT Archive & Special Collections is hiring a student worker to provide support in the digital repository of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies Special Collection. For the bulk of the summer the student worker will be weeding duplicate files from the CAVS Special Collection Online Repository (Dropbox).  This will include evaluating digital images using Adobe Photoshop to save the highest quality scan based on dpi of each tif file, as well as conducting visual assessments of documents.

At the end of the summer the student will choose a theme from the CAVS Special collection and curate an online exhibit based on their research into the topic, for the ACT Virtual Museum.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, art in general, and curatorial work. An eye for detail is a must. This work requires an internet connection and will require the student worker to spend the entirety of the task time looking at a computer screen. Working knowledge of Adobe programs, especially Photoshop and Acrobat, and Google Office is required.

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Virtual Exhibition Student Curator

This job is for 16 hours per week for 10 weeks; the student worker will receive a max of $3200.  It is the role of the Student Curator to work with the current ACT cohort to develop and host a virtual exhibition event that showcases current research and/or new projects under a common theme.  The core responsibility of this position is to establish a concept for the event and manage the project successfully from beginning to end. You will establish the theme of the show, determine the format it will be presented on, write about the show, and make your own work to be included. Strong planning and project management skills are required to communicate clearly, manage effectively, stay within budget, and stay on schedule.

The Student Curator’s responsibilities include the following, as applicable:

  • Propose and execute an approved virtual exhibition that includes the current ACT graduates
  • Research, develop, and establish a means to distribute the work virtually
  • Communicate in a timely fashion by sharing and sending important information with artists and the ACT community, and other collaborators
  • Engage with the artists to establish commitment to and excitement around the event
  • Monitor the creation of content to ensure deliverables arrive on time
  • Create and maintain a project plan
  • Collaborate with departmental staff to help manage the budget, promote the event, archive the process and final product, and other tasks as needed
  • Identify the talents of your cohort and work with them to share various responsibilities to aid in a more successful production

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Digital Communications Assistant

This role will assist the Communications and Public Programs Coordinator (CPPC) with website and social media maintenance. The Digital Communications Assistant’s responsibilities may include:

  • Updating pages on the website for consistency
    • Identifying and creating the best format(s) to use for different types of content
    • Collating which pages on the site do not have images
    • Sorting through and adding images to the site, especially
    • Researching and adding related links (ex. to alumni pages)
    • Soliciting updated work and information from students, faculty, alumni and making appropriate updates
    • Cross referencing and linking site pages as needed
  • ACT Virtual Museum
    • Working with CPPC and ACT Archivist to develop exhibition ideas
      • Identify images
      • Create text
    • Assisting with building these pages on the website
  • Social Media
    • Work with CPPC to create captivating content for:
      • Facebook
      • Twitter
      • Instagram
      • Vimeo
      • Flickr
      • Soundcloud
    • Original content creation
      • The opportunity to research, write, and edit original, credited content for the website and help shape communications over the summer

The ideal candidate will be interested in the past, present, and future of ACT. Working knowledge of WordPress, social media platforms, writing/editing, and an eye for imagery usage are required. The work will require an internet connection.

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Photo by George X. Lin, MArch ’13

Department of Architecture Jobs (student employment) OR

The Department of Architecture is creating a broad range of paid opportunities for professional, and intellectual support and growth to our students in the Summer of 2020. These opportunities will include summer classes for credit, summer internships within the department, and research positions with faculty supported with Department funds. All courses and supported positions will be able to be undertaken online between June 15 and August 15.

Transmedia Storytelling Initiative

Summer Funds Available

Priority given to graduate students and 2020 graduates in Architecture, DUSP, and MAS, but open to all in the MIT community, these positions and fellowships can begin as soon as June 1. It is expected that they will conclude by the beginning of the fall semester, unless noted otherwise.

TA positions

2 Hourly positions in a standard TA-ship to assist in research, preparation, and teaching of the following subjects:

Transmedia Storytelling Production Grants

Transmedia Storytelling: Distanced Residency

Transmedia Storytelling: Collaborative Teams

Transmedia Storytelling Equipment Purchases

SWAP – Student Led Pedagogy

To supplement these offerings and provide a well-rounded set of pedagogical options, Architecture will also approve a limited number of student-led courses. Student proposals, due Friday, May 15, will call for a faculty Instructor-of-record, necessary to register the classes in our systems. Instructors-of-record will also be expected to sign off on the classes’ proposed syllabus, and assist in concluding the class through assigning grades. If interested in making a proposal, please email Judith Barry  (email hidden; JavaScript is required).

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Hashim Sarkis, Dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning (Photo: Sham Sthankiya)

SA+P Dean’s Summer Jobs

To complement efforts at the department level to address this dire situation, we have identified funding sources from the Dean’s Office to support students’ summer research projects. If a project is selected, we will make available up to a three-month summer stipend of $6,400 per proposal, to be paid directly to students. The application form for this support is attached. Please send applications to Ken Goldsmith at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

The application deadline is Friday, May 15. Our goal is to announce awards by Friday, May 22.

An application may be submitted by either a student or a faculty member.

When available, listings of various summer job opportunities will be posted soon on the School’s new intranet:

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT Summer Jobs

During this unprecedented time, MIT wants to help students find what they’re looking for, whether a summer internship, research project, graduate school application assistance, or a social impact opportunity. The MIT Summer Jobs website ( a wide range of opportunities for current undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and recent alumni that will be updated on an ongoing basis.

Information Systems and Technology — Learning Technologist (graduate student application)

MIT’s Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) group is look for undergraduate and graduate students to assist with the migration from Stellar to Canvas. IS&T’s goal is to ensure that any instructor who wants to use Canvas for their teaching will be able to do so, and will be able to do so effectively as of this Fall if they work with and learn from one of the student technologists over the summer. While transitioning to a new platform, Stellar/LMOD will remain available for anyone who prefers to continue using it.

The job postings for these learning technologist positions can be found online and also downloaded (undergraduates posting and graduate students posting). We urge you to spread the word to students whom you think would do this work well, and whom you think are motivated to spend their summer helping MIT and their peers in this way.

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