We are working with local nonprofit organizations to provide a pro-bono technical consulting service. We will pair MIT students in computer science with organizations (usually one student per organization) to provide advice and help regarding all sorts of technical matters, such as maintaining blog or CMS installations, hosting servers, giving advice on what software to use, and so on.
Students will be in regular contact with organizations, and they’ll be spending roughly 1-2 hours per week giving advice and working on small technical tasks.
MIT students will be meeting once a week (time TBD) throughout the semester to get work done. Code for Good will be providing mentorship and snacks at these meetings.
The length of the engagement between the nonprofit, Code for Good, and the student will be a single semester, but we expect that many students will want to continue working with their nonprofits for subsequent semesters.
Independent Activity Period (IAP) is MIT's January term, a time many students elect do internships, take a class, or do research. Code for Good offers a class, 6.S187, that provides opportunities for students to work on software-related projects with local nonprofit organizations. Teams of 3-4 students choose a project that is of interest to the group, or suggest their own project ideas. Students are mentored by a representative from the nonprofit organization as well as subject instructors. During the entirety of the course, students have access to mentors and other resources. At the conclusion of the course, students will deliver their project to their nonprofit organization, and they'll also have the opportunity to show off their projects at an exposition that is open to representatives of the nonprofit organizations, mentors, and the general MIT community.
The schedule will be released shortly.
Check out our showcase to see what our students have done in the past!