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Internship Opportunities Abound

By Bushra Makiya

This article is part of a series on finding employment, and is the second of two focusing on internship opportunities available through MIT.

With IAP just around the corner, many students will soon begin the summer job hunt in earnest. For many students the search will end within the boundaries of MIT, and may result in an internship far from campus. The many departments at MIT offer a great array of internships, both for pay and for credit, and ranging from year-long programs in Germany to shorter ones right here during IAP.

One opportunity, the Engineering Internship Program is offered through the School of Engineering to students in Courses I, II, III, XIII, XVI, and XXII and leads to the simultaneous awarding of two degrees, S.B. and S.M. The program combines off campus work experience with on campus academic programs. Its purpose is to give students experience in their respective fields and enable them to become better informed about their career options. For more information about EIP, go to <>

The Leaders for Manufacturing Program is another opportunity which offers MIT students the opportunity to work in industry. This program is described as a partnership between MIT and many U.S. manufacturing firms which culminates in internships at companies such as Polaroid, Motorola, and Intel. For more information, see their website at <>

The Washington Internship program, run through the political science department, is open to all MIT students and offers them the opportunity to spend a summer working in public policy in Washington DC and course XIV is also beginning an undergraduate internship program in Washington. The political science department also sponsors a local internship for credit and helps students find other internships in Cambridge, Boston, and Washington. Contact Tobie Weiner, Undergraduate Academic Administrator, in the political science department for more information.

The MIT Germany program, part of the MIT Science and Technology Initiative, is sponsored by the department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. It offers students, both undergraduate and graduate, the opportunity to combine their studies of the German Language with working in science or engineering with German companies. Internships range from three months during the summer to six to twelve months during the year, often after graduation or as part of a PhD program. For more information, visit <>. There are also opportunities to work in other countries, including, China, Japan and India.

Course-specific programs available

An opportunity for Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics is the Space Grant Consortium which offers summer positions in industry to undergraduates, and some graduates. The consortium also sponsors UROPs and various lectures. Contact Marie Stuppard, undergraduate and graduate administrator, for more information.

Another internship program for engineers is the VI-A internship program in which students in Computer Science and Engineering are paid and/or receive academic credit while gaining valuable industry experience. Students in this program work with the same company for two summers before graduation and are encouraged to continue there after matriculation. For more information about this program visit their website at <>

A similar program, run by the Department of Physics, is open to both undergraduate and graduate physics students. Contact Professor Peter Wolff for more information.

The Industrial Internship Program, offered through Course III allows Materials Science and Engineering students to participate in two ten week work periods in industry or government positions. The second of these periods may, in some cases, be accepted instead of an undergraduate thesis. This program is coordinated by Professors Ronald Latanision and Joseph Dhosi.

Course V students can take advantage of a similar program is the Chemistry Industrial Internship Program through which students can receive academic credit and/or monetary compensation. Contact Miriam R. Diamond, Chemistry Education coordinator or M.T. Kouo, Personnel Administrator for more information.

IAP internships also available

The architecture department offers an Architecture Internship Program over IAP sponsored by the Office of Career Services, F/ASIP, and Pre-professional Advising. Students receive six units of academic credit for this program which involves working full-time in an architect’s office in Boston or Cambridge for the month of January. This opportunity is available for both undergraduates and graduates. For more information, see the IAP guide under courses 4.280 and 4.287.

This is only a sampling of the many internships offered through MIT but it demonstrates the variety and depth of opportunities available. Internships are a great way for students to find work and to get real world experience in a field in which they may be interested.