Participating in the inaugural session of UPOP in 2002 helped me to realize just how much I needed to develop a broad skill set to be successful in my future career. UPOP filled the void that our very theoretical engineering curriculum does not adequately address, helping MIT sophomores develop the skills that they need in order to find internships and eventually permanent employment after graduation. Since graduating, I have helped UPOP by conducting mock interviews for students in the program. By interacting with these students, I have been able to hone my communication skills and learn from them, as well. I am glad to see how the program has evolved in the past several years, and knowing how much UPOP helped me, I can only imagine how much more it is helping students now.
Class of 2004 UPOP Alum