Interphase EDGE/x Student Program Assistant Position Description

Interphase EDGE/x Student Program Assistant Position Description

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Job Description

The Interphase EDGE Student Program Assistant (SPA) is a 9-week summer position dedicated to coordinating academic enrichment and support programs for MIT undergraduates, with a specific focus on underrepresented minority students. The SPA plays a vital role in creating a nurturing social, emotional, and cultural environment for these students. This full-time position takes precedence over any flexible UROP RPAs that may be considered concurrently.

Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Program Support and Coordination:

  • Attend all training sessions to ensure a comprehensive understanding of program goals and expectations.
  • Assist scholars with a smooth transition by aiding in their move into dorms at the beginning, middle (IP/x) and end of the summer.
  • Attend class lectures, track attendance, and actively contribute to the academic environment.
  • Coordinate academic enrichment and support programs, specifically focusing on underrepresented minority students.
  • Work collaboratively with the Interphase EDGE team to enhance the overall program experience.

Residential Engagement and Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Attend regular residential staff meetings, taking detailed meeting notes.
  • Be present during scholars’ dining hours, fostering a supportive residential community.
  • Maintain a regular presence in the OME office for 2-6 hours weekly, building strong relationships with academic success team staff.
  • Enforce curfew and act as a residential advisor for first-year students, ensuring a safe and conducive living environment.
  • Assist in setting up and cleaning up non-academic workshops, contributing to a well-organized and effective program.

Communication, Documentation, and Marketing:

  • Lead and facilitate group-bonding activities to create a sense of community among scholars.
  • Purchase necessary supplies and resources based on program budgets and needs.
  • Coordinate event logistics and agendas, taking detailed meeting notes for future reference.
  • Contribute content and play a role in the development and dissemination of marketing and publicity materials, with a priority on office publications, flyers, website, and social media.
  • Provide timely and constructive feedback to scholars, supporting their personal and academic development.
  • Offer additional support to the OME as assigned, contributing to the success of various initiatives.


  • Current MIT upper-division student.
  • Preferred experience in mentoring students.
  • Experience in and/or a desire to work with students of diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated responsibility, reliability, and punctuality.
  • Maintain appropriate and professional behavior at all times.

Benefits and Compensation

  • Connect with the incoming class of first-year students.
  • Form closer relationships with OME staff.
  • Strengthen teaching and group-facilitation skills, as well as assisted supervisory skills.
  • Be seen as an ambassador for MIT and the OME.
  • Housing and some meals provided.
  • $3,200 for the 9-week program and week-long training.

How to Apply

Interested candidates can apply online through the OME website. Contact the Program Coordinator for Academic Success at interphase [at] (interphase[at]mit[dot]edu) if you have any questions about the position.