UPOP: it's the start of an amazing adventure learning about business.
(Drew Houston ’05 was an early UPOP alum)
UPOP was one of the most useful things I did at MIT. Many MIT students believe that they're here to spend their time learning as much academics-related information as possible. But those are the students who need UPOP the most. UPOP teaches all of the things you don't learn in a classroom but desperately need for any career you pursue - team-building, communication, presentation skills, professionalism...the list goes on. A year into my career, I'm using UPOP-learned skills as much as or more than the technical skills I developed at MIT. While this is particularly true for the field I'm in, even someone in the most technical of positions will need UPOP skills.
I could not believe how much I learned in just the first day of the intensive workshop in January. By the time the week was over, I had made connections that I know will continue to benefit my career. The program propels students into a position where they are knowledgeable about effective teamwork, planning and project management. It has been crucial to my career-building efforts. I recommend the program to all sophomores.
I think they should make UPOP a requirement in order to graduate! I owe so much of my career to UPOP ... I had almost nothing on my résumé before UPOP, but afterwards it was filled with experiences from large companies to startups. Now that I'm an employer, thank you to UPOP for continuing to inspire students to reach their full potential. The students are incredibly well-prepared and well-spoken.
To make a lasting impact on industry and world, you need to be able to apply your technical abilities and convey your ideas through interpersonal skills. That's where UPOP comes in. The IAP week-long workshop was my first experience with the type of decision-making and crisis management that is a crucial element of today's business environment. We learned how to respond to changing situations, work together with a team, and make data-oriented choices under high-pressure situations.
I was completely blown away by UPOP. It fills a critical gap for the professional development of MIT's engineers. Their staff, their curriculum, and their open door policy was exactly what I needed. They taught me how to interview, they helped me build my resume, they talked about what to look for in an internship and the different resources that were available for students. Read more
UPOP gave me the confidence to overcome initial obstacles to my dream internship at the New York Times. Now, two years after reading UPOP's email announcing the NYTimes internship posting, I'm graduating MIT with a double major in computer science and comparative media studies, a concentration in engineering leadership, industry experience under my belt, and a full-time job at a company where not only can I explore all my academic interests, but they make me a valuable asset to the industry. I wouldn't be in this position without UPOP, and for that I am forever grateful.
UPOP got me my first real internship—and my first real interview, at that—and it got me through my first brush with recruiters, job fairs and the otherwise overwhelming business of finding employment.
UPOP has taught me about professionalism. The staff were encouraging, not judgmental. They showed me how to get the best out of mistakes. The "Six Hats" simulation has helped provide different kinds of insight at administrative meetings, and the concepts of robustness in engineering and redundant systems have helped me to understand how emergency response plans are designed at a community scale.
The skills I learned in UPOP allowed me to get the job I thought I wanted when it wasn't even being offered to anyone. UPOP turns awkward geniuses into employable engineers and leaders!
I fully credit UPOP with changing the way I thought about entering industry and working as both a leader and as a scientist, and not just as a smart brain from MIT. One my strongest memories from my time at MIT was during UPOP, when the concept of engineering specifications was first introduced. That was like a wake-up call for me: that working as a scientist in industry was different from learning as a scientist in academia.
UPOP was one of the select programs I chose to commit time to because the program coordinators are among the nicest, most helpful people I have met on campus in terms of career advising. When I needed to renegotiate acceptance deadlines for internships, UPOP staff helped me work out which offers would suit my goals better, and coached me on how to negotiate with companies tactfully and professionally. Whenever my friends have asked me tough internship questions I couldn't help with, I have always referred them to the UPOP office, citing its open-door policy. I have learned how to handle applications and internships gracefully with the help of "office hours" at the UPOP office.
UPOP was one of the most valuable experiences of my MIT undergraduate career. Until I did UPOP, I lacked the self-confidence and know-how necessary to truly be productive and advance in the business world. UPOP fills a critical hole in the MIT curriculum and the MIT undergraduate experience. Read more
UPOP gave me a priceless first exposure to the difficulty of team building and the challenges of a great leader. It made it clear that the skills you need for problem sets and those you need to be successful in industry, can be very, very different.
UPOP was a great experience for me because it provided me with very applicable knowledge about how to network, find a job, get a job, and even how to act professionally. The hands-on participation nature of the program really allowed me to apply these concepts so that I would remember and act on them, rather than listen once and then forget like in other programs. I think it gives valuable perspective to sophomores by bridging the gap between classes and the real-world work environment. Read more
I was most grateful for the assistance UPOP provided in finding a summer internship--not only the contacts with a large amount of people in the "real world," but particularly the schedule and assistance for all the steps of the process: revising my resume, searching for internships, and preparing for interviews. I have also found all of the UPOP staff to be remarkably energetic, helpful, and interested in each student even beyond the course of the program.
UPOP helped me become comfortable meeting potential employers. Using my UPOP experience, I was able to walk up to the chairman of a research company and introduce myself. The time and effort of both the UPOP staff and MIT alums, who volunteer their time to mentor current students, have contributed greatly to my MIT education. Read more
I can't say enough of what the UPOP program has been to me: first, it brought into perspective the various skills required in industry practice, that are often assumed to be tacit e.g communication skills and teamwork. Second, is the wealth of resources provided by the UPOP staff as far as alignment with a potential employer, industry etiquette, elevator pitching and advice on pretty much everything in the course of the internship. Read more
There are many little things that have come up in my life that I've felt comfortable handling because of the good ideas I received in UPOP. It's a wonderful supplement to MIT's academic reputation, and it is beneficial to students in a way no other program is. Read more
UPOP has helped me a lot not only in my sophomore year but also now. I totally enjoyed the talks/lessons UPOP brought to me. Being in UPOP, I had the opportunities to meet many wonderful people. I really hope other MIT students have a chance to benefit from UPOP like I did.
UPOP has been one of the most rewarding experiences for me at MIT. I learned that being a successful engineer included effective communication, innovation, persistence, and tough decision-making. During the IAP program session, I was able to actively learn, perform and refine these skills in a relaxed and fun atmosphere along with my peers and under the supervision of an industry mentor. Read more
UPOP is unique because of the high level at which it requires active participation in team problem-solving, as well as communication with industry leaders. It gives them exposure to industry expectations, and skills that will help them in their career development. Read more
UPOP was one of the best programs that I did at MIT. It was through UPOP that I got my summer internship, learned how to use many job search engines and how to network with company representatives. Additionally, the workshops that we did during UPOP (example: engineering team, the boss and the financial team trying to reach a decision with different goals in mind or at the job site, having troubles communicating with your boss about your abilities) were incredibly helpful since during my first summer internship, a lot of those scenarios actually happened at work, and I was already prepared to deal with them.
I cannot overstate the impact UPOP has had on my career development. UPOP provided me with the skills to harness the full potential of MIT's classroom education. I have learned so much about how to create effective résumés, prepare for interviews, and succeed in a work environment. UPOP's staff was always willing to stop whatever they were doing and answer my questions, whether it was about answering a particularly tricky interview question, sending appropriate reminder emails to recruiters, or helping me to develop my talking points. Read more
UPOP totally changed my career path. The skills I got in UPOP helped me land an internship as a sophomore that is usually reserved for seniors. UPOP opened my eyes to the effect of management on engineering.
UPOP really opened my eyes to the dynamics to expect within the corporate world. It was enlightening in that we dealt with business modules that were extremely applicable in the engineering world. company. UPOP was a constant resource for me. Read more
UPOP provided me with the structure to start thinking about career goals and made me much more confident with everything from cover letters to resumes to interviews. The best part was meeting many other students and facilitators who all were motivated and interested in discussing careers and figuring everything out together.
The UPOP program is one of the most important programs for MIT enineers to be involved with. While MIT does a fantastic job at teaching students the technical skills and problem solving skills, there are few opportunities to develop other skills that are absolutely necessary in industry and in life. Read more
UPOP made me a lot more comfortable going into the "real world" as a sophomore. It also taught me bits of useful context about jobs that I won't do, but should understand. Most importantly, the UPOP office was an amazing resource for me when I was figuring out internships, adn the IAP program made me comfortable talking to people there, and also gave me a common knowledge base.
UPOP is one of the most extraordinary programs MIT has to offer to its students, and plays a vital role in launching their professional careers. UPOP is unique as compared to other academic programs because it integrates what we would call MIT's best: the distinguished alumni and their network, employers and businesses drawn together because of MIT's reputation, and the engineering acumen of MIT with effective leadership and communication skills, and most of all the expertise of faculty who have worked in both academia and industry. It is fair to say that a similar program would not succeed and thrive at any other university as it has at MIT.
UPOP was a tremendous experience. Not only did UPOP help get me an internship designing carbon fiber baseball bats at Easton Sports (Van Nuys, Calif.) but the skills I learned during the program have been invaluable though the rest of my career at MIT. During my junior and senior year I continued to work with the UPOP staff as an assistant during the IAP course. My fondest memory of my time with UPOP was the mentorship and friendship gained by their 'Open Door' policy. The entire staff is always willing to help a student with career advice, internship opportunities, or a simple piece of candy. It truly was one of the best parts of my MIT experience.
Great engineering skills are only a small part of what it takes to succeed in the real world. UPOP emphasizes that communication, teamwork, and personal skills are very important if you wish to succeed as an engineer. Read more
UPOP was one of the things that had set my MIT education apart from those of my friends in other engineering schools. (During the summer after sophomore year, they were working as babysitters or cashiers while I had a research internship at Xerox.) The key is that UPOP got me thinking about a career path early on, and that put into perspective why I was going through this rigorous academic environment. Also I learned many things that helped me get more out of my first few work experiences.
UPOP jump-started my career. The UPOP team helped me get my first technical internship, even though my qualifications were slim. Besides teaching interpersonal skills, it showed me that there are many different ways to incorporate my engineering background to the real world. Currently, I have a managerial role in the IT department of a construction supplier. Away from work, I work for my community as an adviser to a high school colleg- bound program and as a board member on a foundation that finances school and health projects. I owe a debt of gratitude to UPOP for having me seriously consider what I wanted to do post-MIT and for what I'm doing now, which I love.
UPOP definitely helped a lot of my friends (phi delta theta had a ton of upop'ers), so I think it is an extremely valuable program. It perfectly complements the MIT education and contributes a ton of career value.
UPOP was the single most influential program to my career at MIT. I had no sense of how to take charge of my career, understand the corporate hierarchy. UPOP inspired me to want more from my education, my internships and my career.
I think UPOP definitely helped me define my path and direction in terms of starting my career. 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. Read more
I just wanted to say that UPOP was amazing. It helped me in my job at Goldman Sachs while I was there for two summers. I wouldn't have had that opportunity if I didn't have UPOP.
I still remember the things that I learned at my UPOP workshop back in January 2004. It was pretty much the only time in my MIT engineering career when a group of smart, cool, and well-spoken professionals sat down with us students and explained how we need to sell ourselves in the "outside world". The "elevator pitch" exercise is something that I STILL find myself explaining all the time to friends who are trying to get job interviews.
Through UPOP I was able to secure an internship with Apple, a year earlier than would normally be possible. I was also extremely pleased to be the recipient of a $2000 grant when Apple was given a UPOP Excellence Award that year. As a result, I continued on at Apple for an internship after my Junior year. That I was able to secure such a prestigious job opportunity so early has opened many doors for me since that time. Although I have since changed careers and am now graduating from law school, those internships with Apple have helped me gain entrance to a top law school and secure a well-paid job at a top law firm upon graduation.
UPOP not only trains students to be more aware of the communication biases that come with being more technically focused, but it also is a program that advocates for these talented sophomores. Without UPOP, many students would not have the same impressive resume of experience that UPOP helps build. Particularly in this economy, I would imagine that these sophomore experiences lay a critical foundation and validation for the strength of MIT candidates in the full-time job-search process. Because of the training I received in UPOP, I was also able to share that with a larger audience and present a workshop on technical communication styles at the 2006 IAESTE National Conference. Read more
Through UPOP, I learned tons about the job industry from true professionals, and gained confidence from all of the many practical UPOP sessions. I was able to land my "dream" internships, and am now working at that company full-time.
The UPOP experience really provided a perspective that you can't get out of most classrooms. UPOP's workshops are work-place relevant and effectively presented. I especially liked the seminar about presenting to an audience, and I continue to use the lessons learned from that exercise today.
UPOP was one of the first experiences at MIT that exposed me to the need to be thinking about the 'business" side of things and not just technical solutions to problems. The exercises on learning to deal with conflict and managing technical and business constraints together were invaluable. And while some other programs (e.g. Leadershape) were just as critical and formative for me, the opportunity to network with alums from industry while still a sophmore was the other main differentiator for UPOP.
I strongly endorse this program. This program provided me with substantial motivation during my sophomore year at MIT. The UPOP curriculum and summer Internship gave me a taste of the Engineering Industry that continues to motivate me today. I honestly cannot imagine where I would be today without the education from UPOP.
Through UPOP, I started thinking about the skills I would need to be successful in the real world. The world isn't exactly a bigger MIT—it requires us to develop a different set of skills. I still remember the things we learned, especially how to communicate our ideas effectively through figures and words. Read more
Without the internship UPOP preprared me for, my career path would have been much less rewarding and it would have taken longer to get to where I am today. UPOP provided me with the skills to be a competitive candidate.
UPOP is a really good program. I think the biggest benefit for me was that it enabled me to work at a startup. UPOP helped me find a startup opportunity suitable for it, walked me through what to expect, gave me academic credit for it (which as an international student I needed for work permits) and provided a stipend since startup opportunities don't really pay. It also made me more professional for my summer experience.
UPOP puts engineering knowledge into context in the real world. It gives sophomores the opportunity to see the pressures of the "real world" while they still have a chance to incorporate those lessons and ideas into their studies.
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. Read more
I wish I'd had UPOP when I was at MIT. It would have been critical to my success to get to that point faster. The types of activities that are performed within UPOP in terms of leadership, management, and building are critical to make those students ready to take on those higher level responsibilities of leadership… Students can vault ahead of other students who have only a technical bent, and start to understand the finer aspects of business, of negotiations, of leading teams and leading companies.
(Tim Dove, ’79 is president & COO Pioneer Natural Resources, which hires many UPOP students as interns, and several now work at Pioneer full time.)
"The only people who get more out of UPOP than the students are the mentors themselves. I found my role as a mentor to be not only gratifying but a personal journey of self-discovery."
Steve Projan ’74
Snr VP R&D Innovative Medicines
Head of Infectious Diseases & Vaccines
MedImmune (a member of the AstraZeneca Group)
UPOP fosters an essential awareness of systems, institutions and teamwork. It exposes students to leadership methods early in their careers. Development of my own managerial skills was delayed too long after graduating MIT.
UPOP students are well prepared and well educated to be innovators in our communities and our society. I think the UPOP students really understand all the levers they're going to need to be effective when they come out of college, and it really prepares them to hit the ground running and be contributors in organizations, academia, industry and in their communities when they come out of school. The thing I find most surprising about UPOP is how engaged the students are and how eager they are to learn things that are not immediately applicable to them. They have excitement for learning that is new but also that is well out of their comfort zone.
What MIT needs to teach is that being technically bright is a necessary but not sufficient condition for getting things done in the real world. UPOP curriculum--job search strategies, communication and negotiation skills, conflict resolution, leadership and teamwork—helps students understand their importance in the workplace.
UPOP shows students that issues can be about communication, and that knowing technical lingo is not always enough to make a case. Read more
I have very rarely seen such a comprehensive leadership program offered to undergraduates. Similar programs are offered to professionals after a number of years in the field, and this is usually done to help facilitate career growth. What a great opportunity it is for MIT students to get a 10-year head start on the type of program they might take much later in their career. It most certainly will make a significant difference to their overall development as professionals, managers, and leaders, regardless of their field.
As a sophomore, the [UPOP intern] had less experience on her resume than other interns we hired. Nonetheless, she demonstrated strong analytical and problem-solving skills, the ability to complete her project independently, created innovative solutions, provided timely updates, and gave two well-prepared, well-delivered presentations to the extended team. She impressed people with the quality of her work, which includes a prototype of a new product offering. She has also shown great communication and interpersonal skills in working with managers and teams. We would absolutely hire the [UPOP student] again in the future.
- A9 summer 2014 internship supervisor
From the moment we discovered UPOP on campus, I knew that was a program we had to engage with. UPOP’s mission, the sheer number of students choosing to participate, and the infectious enthusiasm of the staff, made clear how important this program is at MIT.
- Northrop Grumman hiring manager
The [UPOP intern] was not labeled a 'student intern' after day one. She acted with the professionalism, knowledge and dedication of full-time colleagues and consultants. She was very professional, well spoken and held deep conversations around the areas of interest. Several senior leaders thought she was a consultant - not a student. What we offered her was a summer job that was fairly ambiguous and abstract - being a researcher for emerging technologies. She took responsibility to grow that role and took on challenges to make it successful, which helped our entire team move forward.
- Pfizer summer 2014 internship supervisor
The UPOP intern was an outstanding student in every way. I would gladly hire her in any capacity that I could. She out-performed our other junior-level interns.
Chrysler summer 2014 supervisor
The UPOP student was one of the best engineering interns I have had the pleasure of teaching. She learned quickly, could take several problems and projects to solve simultaneously, offered good feedback, asked questions as necessary, and worked well with different facets of the organization. She represented herself and her university as first class, and I would hope that our company will find more MIT students of similar caliber to work as engineers for Total.
- Total Petrochemicals summer 2014 internship supervisor
We love working with UPOP! Thank you for always helping to make our recruiting trips to campus go smoothly. We will definitely be looking forward to partnering again in the upcoming season and finding more great students!
- Apple university relations recruiter
Thank you for sending so many terrific internship candidates our way! Makes my job a lot easier knowing these resumes are coming out of a program like UPOP.
- Tesla Motors university relations recruiter
“[The UPOP student] did well at a very difficult task. It's hard to imagine another UPOPer would have been more technically skilled and capable. That was the most critical consideration. He performed at the level of a 2nd year PhD student rather than at an undergraduate level.” - Coherent Knowledge summer 2015 supervisor
The UPOP student was an outstanding intern. Her talent, poise, communication skills, and intelligence will make her successful throughout the remainder of her MIT career and after, when she ventures into the ‘real world.’
- Akamai Technologies summer 2014 internship supervisor
I was very impressed with the student's performance. She was confident but not arrogant. She was independent but checked in with me daily to show progress and discuss results and came up with unique and original results. She was the best intern I have worked with in 30+ years in the oil business.
Pioneer Natural Resources summer 2014 supervisor
I couldn't be more pleased with [the UPOP intern's] contributions this summer. She came to us with only a basic understanding of the software languages and technologies that she was to use, yet she quickly came up to speed with little direct supervision. I understood that a student of her caliber would be very bright, but I was very impressed with the UPOP student's ability to learn new concepts and directly apply them to the project that we were working on. I often only needed to point her in a particular direction and she would work on her own to implement the necessary functionality or behavior.
[The UPOP intern] is a very intelligent and focused individual. It was a pleasure working with him. I would not hesitate in recommending him for a position, and we actually tried to get him to take a year out to continue working with our team.
- Oculus VR summer 2014 internship supervisor
I left your event with more energy than I came with, as I found the sincerity, preparedness, and intelligence of your students infectious.
- Terrafugia senior engineer and UPOP industry volunteer
UPOP students: get UPOP on your resume! I care much more about whether they participated in UPOP than their SAT scores.
- W.L. Gore engineer and UPOP '10 alum
The UPOP intern worked well with scientists, engineers, management, and the techs. [He] is a fast leaner, very professional, communicates with precision, reliable, very process oriented and always follows specs and procedures accordingly. Hopefully, we will see him at Orbital next summer.
Orbital Sciences summer 2014 supervisor
The UPOP intern was phenomenal! In an early stage company, it's all hands on deck and we all wear lots of hats - [the UPOP student] was able to spearhead his own project independently while actively contributing to wider team goals.
- Ministry of Supply summer 2014 internship supervisor
[The UPOP student] was a wonderful intern. She integrated herself into the department with ease and was well like by all. She demonstrated her ability to work independently and seek information and help when needed. She was exceptional at reaching out to experts in other departments and even at other Shell locations to gather the necessary data to develop her final product. Everyone at the site loved working with her and we would hire her again on the spot.
- Shell Oil Company summer 2013 internship supervisor
A big priority for [Lockheed Martin] this year is deepening our engagement level at MIT and UPOP will help lay the foundation for us.
- Lockheed Martin senior engineer
Our UPOP intern is really a pleasure to work with and I hope [his supervisor] and myself can volunteer with your program in future. Thank you for sending such good interns in our direction!
- ZappRX CEO
[The UPOP student] was great, and in fact I'm trying to figure out how to hire him as a consultant right now!
Alynylam Pharmaceuticals 2014 summer supervisor
[The UPOP intern] was able to take guidance and advice to work independently. He was also able to engage in conversations with me when I would check-in, discuss the project, or prepare of presentations. For the items the student had little experience with, I was able to pass on my knowledge to help develop him. I would gladly have [the UPOP intern] return as an intern or full-time employee.
DIRECTv 2014 summer supervisor
The UPOP intern performed well beyond the promise of his sophomore-level experience, so we are very lucky we took the chance to get to know him better. He kept his long-term infrastructure improvement project on track, collecting requirements and optimizing code, and delivered a working & documented project by the end of our short summer. He worked well both in a small team, and on his own, depending on availability of others, and kept focus despite large and variable demands of small daily interruptions. He worked with engineers and managers in several other departments, and represented our group well within the company at large.
I can't wait to participate in future [UPOP] events! It was great to meet UPOP students. They asked insightful questions and are very thoughtful.
Biogen-Idec Senior Scientist
I’m always very impressed with students I meet at UPOP events: prepared and professional. My team is already in touch to set up interviews with them for the summer.
Dassault Systèms Customer Support Director
“[The UPOP intern] exceeded the expectations of the internship for a second year undergrad. The tasks we gave him were expectations of a full-time hire for the position of a software engineer (typically grad school, plus 2-3 years of experience]. He was sincere, quick to learn, and jumped into different technical areas which were outside his direct background.” –Mimosa Networks summer 2015 supervisor
“[The UPOP intern] took on critical chemical and material testing and evaluation tasks at our small biotech company with a comparable effectiveness as her full-time counterparts. She repeatedly exceeded expectations by independently diving into and completing multiple projects [and] was a tremendous asset to LabMinds this past summer.” – LabMinds summer 2015 supervisor
“The UPOP student was a tremendous addition to our research team this summer. A major goal of the MGH Digestive Disease Summer Research Program is to leverage engineering expertise towards digestive disease biomedical research. She performed some amazing work combining optics, physics, and intestinal physiology in a short period of time and received extremely positive feedback from numerous colleagues who attended her final presentation.” -Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School summer 2015 supervisor
“The UPOP intern was very serious about his role and his performance. He quickly became an integral part of his Agile software team with progressively more responsibility as the summer progressed. Able to verbalize any issues and not afraid to communicate with the team or me as his supervisor. He had to deal with a new software language and learned very quickly. [He] picked up team processes quickly. [He] was a safe worker and paid attention to administrative requests of all kinds. He was able to do his work on time and within budget. Overall a really great intern.” -Raytheon summer 2015 supervisor
“The UPOP intern was a quick learner and made significant contributions to several sub-projects. She had a great ‘can-do’ attitude and performed as an integrated team member!” -Infinity Pharmaceuticals summer 2015 supervisor
“[The UPOP intern] was brilliant, had a great attitude, generally wants to affect positive change and is a great team player. I can confidently speak for the rest of the team in saying that we all felt honored to have worked with him this summer” -edX summer 2015 supervisor
“The UPOP student exceeded expectations as an intern, especially one with no prior industrial industry experience. He's very proactive and independent and goes above and beyond on his projects.” - Genetech summer 2015 supervisor
“I was very impressed by the UPOP’s intern involvement not only with my team but with other DOE offices, and the quality of her work, which directly supports the R&D of the back end of the fuel cycle. [She] has commendable problem solving skills coupled with a very good analytical ability. The level of her summer accomplishment is a direct result of her unique combination of intellect, experience, work ethic and drive. It has been a great pleasure to work with [the UPOP student] this summer and her potential for long-reaching impact on the field is enormous." - US Department of Energy summer 2015 supervisor
The UPOP program has been amazing, the preparation that they give the students is so important in letting them understand the professional environment. The students are on fire! It’s so much fun working with them.
Bill Townsend PhD ’88, founder and CEO of Barrett Technology
“I thought [the UPOP intern] did an excellent job this summer. Once in lab, he worked independently, but he was not afraid to ask questions when he had them. He also integrated nicely into the lab and I saw him chatting with other folks quite often about chemistry. We met formally on a weekly basis to discuss the project (both the data he had generated and the next set of reactions to set up), and met informally throughout the week as results were obtained. He did a really nice job putting together a poster for a summer intern poster session, and he did an excellent job delivering the poster during the session.
“[The UPOP student] is a strong learner, highly motivated, and has great communication skills. She learned a new programming language and some home-grown frameworks for her project.” -Vecna Technologies summer 2015 supervisor
I think of UPOP as a success accelerator. Maybe if there had been a UPOP back when I was a sophomore, it would have taken me only 20 years, instead of 26, or 4 instead of 6 … "
(John Chisholm ’75 is a pioneer in online marketing research, founder/CEO/Chair of CustomerSat [acquired by MarketTools], founder/CEO/Chair of Decisive Tech [now part of Google])