If it weren't for the UPOP staff, I don't think I would have landed on a summer internship easily. I think the program teaches some important fundamentals that MIT students stereotypically don't have. MIT students have the technical skills but have problems getting their foot through the door in industry. MIT is a good place for people who want to go into research and academia, but it doesn't prepare us for industry very well. UPOP emphasizes the importance of summer internships and industry experience. Being years out of school, on the other side, it's really hard for me to recommend to hire someone who doesn't have industry experience, even if they're from MIT. I think UPOP definitely helped me define my path and direction in terms of starting my career.
Class of 2006 UPOP Alum