Internship Programs

MIT has numerous internship programs where students can learn about professional fields and experience typical work days.


Working closely with a network of premier corporations, universities and research institutes, the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives -- better known as MISTI -- matches hundreds of MIT students annually with all-expenses-paid internships and research abroad. 

Contact MISTI


The Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP) is a yearlong, professional development program for MIT sophomores from all majors.  One of the largest co-curricular undergraduate programs on campus, nearly half the sophomore class applied to UPOP in 2015. Our mission: to prepare MIT sophomores to successfully integrate into and thrive in the professional world and to be strong contributors to their organizations, supported by a dynamic community of students, program staff, employers, faculty, MIT alums, and other friends of the program. 

To learn more, please contact Amy Bass - UPOP Employer Relations Program Manager (

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Departmental Programs

Some academic departments have recruiting or internship programs that may only be available to their students.

Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering Internship Program 

(primarily undergraduate students)

Contact: Marie Stuppard, Student Servcies

Chemical Engineering Department

(undergraduate and graduate students)

If you are seeking graduate candidates in chemical engineering, the department will assist you with recruiting by scheduling a visit date, advertising your arrival, providing you with an interview room, and supporting you as much as possible. If you are interested, please contact the graduate student office to arrange a recruiting visit.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEE)

(undergraduate and graduate students)

Contact: Kiley Clapper (Academic Programs Office)

Department of Urban Studies & Planning Career Development Program

Contact: Mary Jane Daly, Professional Development Director

VI-A Internship Program

Contact: Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Director: Professor Tomas Palacios
Staff: Kathleen M. Sullivan

Leader's for Global Operations Program 

(graduate students)

Contact: Ted Equi, LGO Fellows Program Director of Academics, Research, and Careers

LGO provides  students with its own recruiting program. All LGO partner companies are invited to visit the MIT campus to interview LGO students in the second-year class. All non-sponsored students are eligible to interview with all participating companies. In addition, second-year LGO students are eligible to participate in Sloan's MBA recruiting through Sloan's Career Development office.

Materials Science and Engineering: Industrial Internship Program

(undergraduate and graduate students)

The Internship Program of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT offers students the opportunity to experience research, development, or production in industry. For the bachelor's degree, two ten-week work periods in an industrial, governmental, or academic organization establishment are required. Normally, these occur during the summers preceding the junior and senior years. Students register for the MIT subjects 3.930 and 3.931 Internship Program. The second of these work periods, properly reported, is accepted in lieu of the undergraduate thesis.

Program Coordinators: Prof. Thomas Eagar (, Jeri Hill (; Academic Administrator: Angelita Mireles (

Momentum (formerly Second Summer Program)

(undergraduate minority students)

Contact: Office of Minority Education

Technology and Policy Program (TPP) 

(graduate students)

Contact: Barbara DeLaBarre

Washington, D.C. Summer Internship Program

(undergraduate students)

Students apply their scientific and technical training to public policy issues. Students receive a paid policy internship in the offices of government agencies, the private sector, and advocacy groups. The program includes a trip to D.C. during spring break and a 12-unit HASS seminar on policymaking that meets before and after the summer internship. Past summer interns have worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology, the House of Representatives Science Committee, the U.S. Department of Energy, the American Electronics Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, NASA, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the American Association for World Health, the American Enterprise Institute, the American Public Health Association, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Congressional Research Service, the Brookings Institution, the Economic Policy Institute, the InterAmerican Development Bank, the World Bank Group, USAID, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, the Climate Institute, and the MIT Washington Office.

Contact: Tobie Weiner, Department of Political Science