Consider a Micro-Internship

What is a Micro-Internship?

Micro-internships are short-term projects or internships offered by MIT alumni and other employers. These opportunities occur over the January Individual Activities Period (IAP) and are open to undergraduate and graduate students. Micro-internships help you develop new skills, explore your career options and connect with the MIT network.

How Do I Find a Micro-Internship?

  • Log into Handshake.
  • Select Jobs.
  • Type “micro-intern” in the search box or select Jobs -> All Filters -> and select “micro-internships” under the filter Labeled by your school.
  • Each micro-internships posting will specify whether the opportunity is connected with an alumni host.

What Is the Application Process?

The application process for a micro-internship is the same as applying for a traditional internship except the process may advance more quickly.

  • Some micro-internships will be in Handshake by early September and selected candidates should receive offers by early November. Since there is no set deadline, posting and hiring timelines will vary. 
  • In general, applicants will be asked to submit a resume and cover letters, employers might require additional application materials.
  • Students will likely interview for the opportunity.
  • If offered a micro-internship, CAPD recommends that students have 5-7 business days to decide whether they will accept.
  • Expectations for participating for a micro-internship are very similar to those for students participating in the recruiting process for internships. View the recruiting guidelines for students.
  • International opportunities have different processes and requirements.

Schedule an appointment via Handshake to meet with a CAPD staff member for help with your application or to prepare for an interview. 

Will I be Paid?

CAPD strongly recommends that all micro-interns are paid.  

  • Employers are encouraged to pay students fair market value for their work or at least minimum wage.
  • If you are considering completing an unpaid micro-internship, please reach out to Tavi Sookhoo at to discuss your particular situation.

Global Micro-Internships

If you are interested in doing a micro-internship with a company located abroad, your micro-internship will be administered through the MISTI program. MISTI program managers have expertise in the culture, language and internship practices of the host country and can assist with internship funding, preparation, logistics, and administration. 

Guidance for International Students

Undergraduate and graduate international students hired for a micro-internship must receive off-campus work authorization (CPT, OPT, or AT) before they can begin. OPT authorization can take up to 120 days for processing.

International students are strongly encouraged to first review the ISO’s information on employment and then contact their ISO advisor with any follow up questions regarding their eligibility for these micro-internship opportunities.

What Happened to the Externship Program?

The MIT Externship Program has been transformed into micro-internship opportunities. Instead of a matching process of students to alumni hosts, micro-internships will be offered by a broad set of employers. While alumni may host some of the micro-internships, any employer can offer these opportunities. Also, there are no longer set application deadlines, we encourage students to apply to micro-internships as they become available.