Internships with the MIT Washington Office offer students – from MIT and elsewhere – the chance to learn about and work on a wide range of policy issues, as well as to receive guidance from a leading team of policy developers and advocates.
Interns’ activities may include policy research, attending briefings and hearings, and writing summaries of bills and events. Interns may also accompany the DC Office staff to their meetings. In addition, interns meet regularly with the staff to discuss current events and their projects. The office tries to build each internship around a student’s interests and strengths.
Prospective candidates should have a significant interest in policy issues of relevance to MIT – whether issues that affect MIT as an institution, or ones that draw on expertise MIT can offer. They should also possess strong communication and interpersonal skills. Applicants to the MIT Washington Office Internship program do not need to be political science majors or even to have taken a political science course.
The internship program is:
Open to undergraduate and graduate students.
Open to students from all universities (though preference is given to MIT students during the summer).
Open only to students who can obtain course credit and/or a stipend for the internship through their home institution. Credit guidelines need to be agreed on before the internship commences. These summer internships are unpaid, but some MIT students in the program have secured Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) funding in the past.
Open to students who can only work part-time, as well as those who can put in a full work week.
Educational in nature, and does not lead to employment or enrollment at MIT.