Before You Get Started
Looking to hire MIT students? Start by reviewing our recruiting policies and advice for equitable hiring practices and recruiting underrepresented students to develop a successful recruiting strategy. Next, you’ll need a Handshake online career management system account to manage internship and job postings.
Generic job or internship postings won't interest as many students. Taking the time to craft an interesting and detailed posting will yield a more robust applicant pool. Some tips to consider:
Provide specific examples of the type of work involved for the internship or job, if possible.
Instead of listing majors, identify specific competencies or skill sets for each position. Many MIT students, regardless of major, have a broad range of skills.
Share information about your company, particularly if you’re a start-up or don’t have a long history recruiting at MIT. Spotlight interesting company projects, products or accomplishments.
Include a salary range in your fulltime job postings as it can give your employer a competitive advantage in attracting MIT students. For guidance on salaries, please view our most recent Outcomes Survey.
Don’t just post that job! Advertise your opportunity for more success in recruiting applicants.
- Post your opportunities by logging into Handshake. All postings are reviewed and approved by staff within one to two days.
Need to create a Handshake Account? Handshake enables employers to search and view student resumes, post jobs and internships, participate in career events, manage on-campus recruiting schedules and report MIT hires.
- From the Handshake Employer Login page, select “Sign Up as an Employer.” Search for your username to see if it’s already in the system. If it’s not, complete the registration form.
- Once you’ve registered, it will take us a day or two to review and approve your request. Once approved, you are expected to follow our recruiting policies and procedures.
Recruiting for Internships
In addition to Handshake, recruit interns through:
- MIT Internship Programs run outside of CAPD.
- UROP (MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program)
- Student Financial Services (for part-time or seasonal jobs during the fall or spring semester)
MIT does not have co-op programs and most MIT students intern during the summer. Typically departments do not offer academic credit for internships, and any requests to do so should be sent to the appropriate department’s academic administrator.
To learn where MIT students have interned, their salaries and more please review the Summer Experience Survey.
To support all students at MIT, equity of access to internships is of great importance to CAPD. Employers seeking to benefit from a having a diverse workforce must consider compensation in order to be successful in recruiting talent, building your office culture around diversity, and retaining excellent workers. At MIT we seek that a student's internship experience should be of no cost to them. If a salary or stipend is a challenge for your organization, consider how you might be able to provide housing, travel to the workplace location, supplies to work remotely if needed, etc.
In addition to supporting equitable hiring practices, all employers should abide by the standards set forth under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), a federal law that establishes minimum wages for work performed. In accordance with this law, the U.S. Department of Labor has developed seven criteria for differentiating between an employee and/or intern entitled to minimum wage or more, and an employee and/or intern who may be legally unpaid. In addition, MIT supports the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) position on unpaid internships, and will not approve unpaid positions posted that are not in accordance with the FLSA and NACE guidelines.
Recruiting for Alumni
Handshake is targeted toward current MIT students or alumni who have graduated within the past two years. Employers seeking candidates with three or more years of experience are invited to post positions via the official MIT Alumni Job Board.