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Summer 2020 opportunities

To help sustain our community over the months to come, the Department of Architecture has created a broad range of opportunities to support the professional and intellectual growth of our students over the summer of 2020. These opportunities include for-credit classes and workshops, summer internships within the department, and research and TA positions with faculty, all supported through Department funds. 

Paid opportunities developed through this program are designed to benefit current students in need of financial support. Work for credit is targeted to all our students.

All courses and supported positions will be undertaken online between June 15 and August 15.  

See all student work opportunities for Summer 2020 and apply by May 15.

Learn more about for-credit classes and workshops (coming soon!).

In addition, the SA+P Dean’s Office and several discipline groups are offering summer jobs and grants to support research projects on specified topics: 

The MIT Program in Art Culture and Technology seeks an Archive and Special Collections Assistant to provide support in the digital repository of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies Special Collection. Learn more and apply.  

The Aga Khan Program in Islamic Art/Architecture, in collaboration with the Dean’s Office, is available to support up to 10 students’ summer research projects through three-month summer stipend of $6,400 per proposal. Proposed projects should relate—ideally directly—to the Islamic world and its art and/or architecture. Send applications to Ken Goldsmith at kegol@mit.edu.  

The Transmedia Storytelling Initiative is offering grants and stipends to individuals and teams for project work that deploys media formats across platforms to engage users in producing alternative storyworlds or media additions that can expand narrative/non-narrative possibilities. See details below and email TSI-admin@mit.edu to apply. Application Deadline: May 15.  

Transmedia Storytelling Production Grants
Transmedia Storytelling incorporates all forms of traditional and digital media, but usually deploys multiple formats across several platforms to engage users in producing alternative storyworlds or media additions that can expand the narrative/non-narrative possibilities. Students with transmedia ideas and stories to tell are encouraged to apply for summer production grants. You may request funding for software, equipment, or other support to enable you to bring your ideas to completion; applications should provide a paragraph that describes the project, with a brief budget. Funded projects will be shared in an online forum with interested faculty at the end of the summer. Grants will range from $1,000 – $5,000, but no request is too small. 

Transmedia Storytelling: Distanced Residency
Transmedia Storytelling incorporates all forms of traditional and digital media, but usually deploys multiple formats across several platforms to engage users in producing alternative storyworlds or media additions that can expand the narrative/non-narrative possibilities. Current students and 2020 graduates who have advanced practices that would benefit from sustained focus are invited to apply for “Distanced Residencies.” Remote fellows will be gathered for presentations of their work and group discussions, as if in shared residency; funded projects will be shared in an online forum with interested faculty at the end of the summer. Grants will align with the summer stipends offered in the School of Architecture and Planning: $6,400 per student.  Applications should provide a strong paragraph that summarizes the nature of your practice, and the work to be accomplished during the summer residency. The names of two recommenders should be provided, with their email contact information. 

Transmedia Storytelling: Collaborative Teams
Transmedia Storytelling incorporates all forms of traditional and digital media, but usually deploys multiple formats across several platforms to engage users in producing alternative storyworlds or media additions that proliferate narrative/non-narrative possibilities.  Current students and 2020 graduates are invited to form teams and submit applications for collaborative projects to be conducted over the summer and ideally completed before fall. Collaborations can feature research, design, or production, but goals should be clearly defined with benchmarks for progress over June, July, and August.  Grants will approximate $2,000 per team member, but funding is flexible and we are open to considering higher support depending on number of applications. Applications should provide a description of the team and a clear articulation of the work to be accomplished during the grant period. The names of two recommenders should be provided, with their email contact information. 

Transmedia Storytelling Equipment Purchases
Transmedia Storytelling incorporates all forms of traditional and digital media, but combines media tools and recordings in innovative ways that then open the results to multiple interpretations and ongoing deployments. Current Students and 2020 graduates are welcome to apply for recording equipment or other media tools needed to further their practice or attempt a new skill; grants will be made for an average of $500 (depending on budgeted cost), with the understanding that the purchased equipment will be delivered directly to the student during the grant period, but returned to the ACT repository at MIT in the fall. Applications should provide precise equipment specifications, sources, and proof of availability, together with a statement of the work to be accomplished or the skill to be developed during the grant period. The names of two recommenders should be provided, with their email contact information. 

Learn more about funding and additional summer opportunities from SA+P’s Office of the Dean.