Host an Intern

Intern being shown vial in lab from coworkers

Most MIT students intern during the summer, but there is also interest to do short micro-internships during the winter break known as the Independent Activities Period (IAP). 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. Employers are encouraged to post internships in Handshake and consider these other programs and offices at MIT for recruiting interns.

To learn where MIT students have interned, their salaries and more please review our post-graduate and summer outcomes.

Unpaid Internships 

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.