Student Engagement

CoLab offers a variety of opportunities for students to engage with real world problems through practice and study -- from informal gatherings and speaking engagements to skill-based workshops, research, reading groups, courses, and internships, both paid and unpaid. CoLab Radio also welcomes contributions from students around the world who are interested in sharing their stories of innovative projects and research in urban planning with an international audience dedicated to improving cities.

Summer 2017 Internship and Project-based Employment Opportunities

Toolkit Research and Development Intern

CoLab's Empathetic Aesthetics Program is seeking a Toolkit Research and Development Intern to support the research, writing and development of a new toolkit, Listening to the City: Engagement, Exploration and Intervention through Sound. The toolkit will draw upon the work of presenters at the 2-day Listening to the City Conference being hosted at MIT on May 25-26, and will also highlight other examples from around the world that utilize sound practice as a creative method of inquiry, a tool for democratic engagement, and a means for social change.  The intern will work with a team of CoLab staff and partners to identify contemporary examples of sound practice in community research and engagement contexts and to solicit information from practitioners of these approaches to incorporate into the toolkit. This project is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, and interns will work between 10-40 hr/week at $20/hour from June - August. To apply, please send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Allegra Williams at by April 10th. 

Community-based Research and Evaluation Interns

CoLab's Empathetic Aesthetics Program, which facilitates connections between urban planning resources and expertise and the social justice projects of community-engaged artists, is seeking 3-4 full-time and part-time summer interns to support documentation and evaluation of the Fundred Dollar Bill Project, an initiative led by partnering artist, Mel Chin. In the face of lead poisoning, an invisible, environmental health threat to children, the Fundred Dollar Bill Project is a creative currency that demostrates public will for a healthy, lead safe future for all children. Children and adults alike can draw and donate their Fundred (a hand-drawn interpretation of a $100 bill) as a unique expression to be joined with voices from all across the country. In 2017, the collection of more than 450,000 Fundreds will come to Washington DC to demonstrate our collective investment in the value of the lives of all children and to invite policymakers to invest in policies and actions to realize a lead free future. Research and evaluation efforts will involve interviewing and holding focus groups with teachers, parents, students, policy advocates, and other key partners, as well as analyzing the data collected. Other responsibilities may include documenting the work through CoLab's blog, CoLab Radio, or through the production of other media. Interns will work between 20-40 hours/week at $20/hr. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Allegra Williams at by April 10th. 

Participatory Action Research at Palmas Lab in Fortaleza, Brazil

CoLab is offering a summer opportunity to contribute to a collaboration with PalmasLab, a center for research, technology development and youth leadership in Fortaleza, Brazil. CoLab is seeking a team of students to work with PalmasLab for 10 weeks over the summer on an ongoing Participatory Action Research (PAR) project focused on local socio-economic development. Proficiency in Portuguese is required for this opportunity. CoLab will support students in securing funding through campus resources (ie, MISTI, PKG, etc). The full project description is available here. Please contact Alison Coffey with any questions, or send your resume and cover letter to her at to apply.

Ongoing Media Projects

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