Internship: Transnational Economic Democracy Mel King Community Fellowship


The MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) is a center for planning and development within the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. CoLab supports the development and use of knowledge from excluded communities to deepen civic engagement, improve community practice, inform policy, mobilize community assets, and generate shared wealth.

One of CoLab’s core programs is dedicated to the legacy of activist and scholar Mel King. The Mel King Community Fellows (MKCF) program builds upon a 40-year-old tradition of bridging practice-based knowledge and academic research. The program’s goal is to create a dispersed learning network among the Fellows, who are recognized community leaders with experience in a range of social justice pursuits.

CoLab is looking for one student to support the design, development and management of the MKCF 2016-2017. The purpose of the MKCF 2016--2017: Transnational Economic Democracy Program is to advance and strengthen the work of participating organizations, build Fellows’ leadership skills, and develop a transnational learning network of leaders that can support agendas and movements for economic democracy across the Americas. The goals for the MKCF 2016--2017 program are transnational learning and knowledge co-creation, individual and organizational capacity building to deepen understanding and actualization of economic democracy and self-determination at various scales, and long lasting relationships to continue learning and potentially collaborate beyond the program.


Applicants should be self-motivated with strong interpersonal skills and experience working with people of all ages and with a wide variety of life experiences. Students with any of the following skills or areas of expertise are encouraged to apply:

  • Project Management, Implementation and Design
  • Community economic development
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Media and/or journalism
  • Community organizing or community engagement



  • Support the design and implementation of MKCF convenings and projects, including logistical support for meetings
  • Help with documentation, and writing of the fellowship knowledge production
  • Research and writing of case studies of economic democracy
  • Support the production of media products about MKCF fellows’ work
  • Systematize, analyze, data gathered from MKCF’s meetings and activities
  • Take meeting notes of the MKCF Planning Committee
  • Possibility of travel


Applicants must have high competency in Spanish, and preferrably familiarity with Portuguese.



$20/hour, 10 hours a week through December 2016 with possibility of extension through December 2017.



Application Process

To apply for this position, please send a resume and a brief statement of interest (1-2 paragraphs) to Camilo Esquivia-Zapata, MKCF Design and Development Fellow, at by October 15th.


Diversity and Inclusion

CoLab supports The MIT-Institute, Community & Equity Office’s (ICEO) mission: “To advance a respectful and caring community that embraces diversity and empowers everyone to learn and do their best at MIT.” (taken:  Therefore Women, LGBTQ, Students of Color, Latinx, and International Students are encouraged to apply.