The PInT Summer 2020 Fellowship is a fully-funded program that will allow up to three of Olin College’s engineering students to work at public interest organizations and advance Olin’s mission to recognize needs, design solutions, and engage in creative enterprises for the good of the world. We provide a stipend and a budget for travel, housing and supplies.
PInT (as in “Public Interest Technology”) is a student-led effort to cultivate pathways and opportunities for Olin's students, faculty, and staff to be creators, engineers, designers, artists, and activists who leverage and deepen their powerful technical and creative skills for justice, equity, inclusion, and doing good in the world. As part of PInT’s greater effort to create strong career pathways for engineering students to make the world better, we hope this fellowship will expand awareness of public interest careers for engineers. PInT Fellows can choose to seek or create summer internships at public interest organizations such as government offices, public institutions, non-profits, community-based organizations, advocacy campaigns, foundations, environmental organizations, and more. We want you to find an organization that is doing things you are passionate about, where you can potentially affect positive change.
Olin College of Engineering is a founding member of the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN), a major initiative convened by New America, the Ford Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation. Olin recently received a grant from the PIT-UN to support our PInT project team, and to create this fellowship.
We are offering up to three fellowships during the summer of 2020, each providing a stipend of $6000, a $3000 housing allowance, $1000 for travel, and $500 for project material costs. To be eligible, you must be a student at Olin College of Engineering in your first, second or third year.
We will use a rolling selection system, which means that you can apply as soon as you like. We will begin reading applications in January, so it is in your best interest to apply as soon as possible.
Summer breaks between semesters are the perfect opportunity for exploration, in addition to the traditional skill-building experience. This fellowship is a chance to swerve outside of obvious paths and have deep immersion into disciplinary expertise and professional practices in the emerging field of Public Interest Technology. You may operate in your host organization as someone with deep technical engineering know-how that benefits the group, if it’s desired, although that is not required to be part of the work you do.
Through this fellowship, students already considering a future path in public interest technology have a chance to explore and navigate what that means. Students uncertain about their future path have an opportunity to explore what life and work are like for people working to serve the public interest. What are their goals and challenges? How did they construct their pathways? Where and when does engineering play a role in amplifying this work? You’ll be able to discover new professional routes for engineers and new uses for your engineering skills that you’d never imagined.
Are you interested in adding a summer intern from engineering fields to your team? We’re offering a fully-funded stipend for three students from Olin College of Engineering to be placed in public interest organizations such as government offices, public institutions, non-profits, community-based organizations, advocacy campaigns, foundations, environmental organizations, and more. These PInT Fellows can support your work in various roles: for technical work, non-technical work, or both, depending on the mutual interests and affinities between the individual and host. All Olin students do hands-on, team-based work in multiple engineering domains from their first days at Olin, and are selected for our community by demonstrating a collaborative, open-minded disposition in addition to their STEM training. We’re looking for organizations where any technical functions aren’t isolated in a silo. Instead, we want students to contextualize their work. Fellows will experience the broad connections between technology and society, and between different disciplines and organizational functions, from administration to direct service, activism, and all that is in between. Our fellows will be engineers-in-training who are explicitly passionate about connecting their work to your goals. If you have questions or would like to express interest, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finding an initial group of public interest organizations you would be interested in working at is an important part of your application. The application form also includes the following questions for response, in addition to background information and a brief cover letter:
We explicitly invite people from underrepresented and marginalized groups to apply, and we are eager to work to mitigate barriers to participation by providing accommodations or assistance. All applicants are expected to abide by PInT’s club charter, including our Diversity and Inclusion statement and Code of Conduct.
We seek to exceed legal requirements for accessibility and nondiscrimination. Your background should not affect your ability to apply for this fellowship, or succeed if accepted. Please reach out to email@example.com with any questions, feedback or requests.
Students can start to gain Public Interest Technology (PIT) work experience and insight into PIT careers through our pro-bono consulting projects and events. Summer fellowships support students to do work with organizations that would not normally hire engineering interns. Paying students to do extended projects that serve the public interest explicitly opens access to PIT careers to our students, especially if they cannot afford unpaid options.
The fellowships will help students imagine themselves creating a PIT career and to credibly engage other students at Olin upon their return in seeing the wider universe of applications for their skills. Additionally, the career resources we are developing should empower even more students to seek out PIT-themed work in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
Olin College is a charter member of the Public Interest Technology University Network.