Part of finding an internship that’s right for you is targeting the best resources. Two key points to remember: Handshake is the online system MIT uses for companies to post jobs and internships specifically targeting MIT students, and networking and informational interviews are also great ways to find out about opportunities, some of which may not even be posted.
MIT Internship Programs
- UPOP: The Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program is a for-credit, year-long program targeted to sophomores interested in professional development training, alumni mentorship, and access to internship opportunities across industry, government, and non-profit enterprises worldwide.
- MISTI: This international internship program matches you with projects in companies and labs around the world. There are language, culture, and history course requirements as well as location-specific preparation and training modules.
- The MIT Washington, DC Summer Internship Program lets undergraduates of any major participate in internships at the highest levels of government and experience the interplay between science, technology, and US public policy.
- MIT PKG Center for Public Service: Earn while you learn with PKG programs designed to harness your unique skills and build capacity for community partners tackling issues like climate change, health equity, and using tech for social good.
Micro-internships are short-term projects or internships offered by MIT alumni and other employers interested in MIT talent. They typically range between 2-4 weeks and 10-35 hours per week. Micro-interns will have varying responsibilities including research, data analysis, software development, or other projects that provide an opportunity to prototype a career, build professional networks and meet a workplace need. Due to the fall 2020 semester changes caused by Covid-19, students are eligible to apply to micro-internships through the fall semester and during the IAP break.
- Internship Mailing List: Once a month, our office emails out a compilation of internship opportunities in engineering, science, business, and humanities. Get yourself on the list through your Handshake profile under “Would you like to receive emails about summer internship opportunities?”
- Academic Departments: Your department may have its own established internship programs. These include programs with AeroAstro, CEE, DUSP, Industrial Internship Program (Course 3), VIA-A Internship Program, and more. Refer to your program’s website or with academic administrators for participation requirements and timelines.
- Handshake: Handshake is MIT's online Career Management system for jobs and internships. You can create email alerts (pdf) called "job agents" within Handshake to get notifications sent to your email address when new internships meeting your criteria are posted.
Internship Search Engines and External Resources
- Experience.com: Powered by Simplicity, Experience offers candidates more than just a listing of internships but also career advice and internship search strategies.
- Internships.com and Way Up are general internship search sites that have opportunities from various sectors and industries and are open to all majors.
- Engineering Jobs is a site specific to engineering jobs and internships.
- eFinancial Careers is a site specific to students interested in business and the financial sectors.
- Idealist: is a website specific to those who are looking to work in the nonprofit and international development sectors.
- #Morethancode Job Board: Search for civic technology work - work being done for social justice and more broadly, in the public interest.
- Jopwell: The leading career advancement platform for Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals.