MIT D-Lab Tour Guide

Posted: 3/19/2024
Hours per week: 2-4
Hourly rate of pay: $17/hour


The MIT D-Lab Tour Guide will manage and conduct a weekly one-hour tour for general public visitors using prototypes, exhibits, and display boards to tell the D-Lab story. For the tour, the student will talk about D-Lab history and the current-day D-Lab program of academics, research, and fieldwork; general approaches D-Lab staff, students, and community partners use in their international development work; D-Lab mission, goals, and values; and several stories of specific projects and their trajectories. Ideally, the guide will have experience with D-Lab classes, fieldwork, and/or research and be able to include personal anecdotes in the tour.
The weekly tour will be scheduled to coordinate with the student's availability. The guide will assist the D-Lab Communications Officer keep displays and bulletin boards current and in good order and ensure printed materials are in plentiful supply as hand-outs to visitors. In addition to the weekly tour, the guide will help represent D-Lab at special events and fairs on campus (such as Campus Preview Weekend) and provide special request tours, if available.
Time permitting, the guide may also take on small written assignments for D-Lab such as blogging, writing for MIT News, and contributing to Wikipedia entries and/or record short video interviews with D-Lab students. Writing and video projects can take place at D-Lab or remotely.
The position is supervised by the D-Lab Communications Officer.


  • Experience with D-Lab classes, fieldwork, and/or research is essential
  • Graduate or undergraduate student
  • Clear public speaker
  • Personable
  • Ability to listen and engage others in conversation
  • Punctual and organized
  • Ability to work independently
  • Sense of visual design helpful
  • Writing and/or video skills a plus


Email MIT D-Lab Communications Officer Nancy Adams describing your interest and qualifications.