Student Profile: Allison Hallock ’16

Allison joined UPOP because she felt it was a good way to get a step up in the industrial world and to develop skills crucial to success.

“All these skills are so valuable—negotiation, communication, crucial conversations, how to work as a team, how to function as a project manager,” she says, “and UPOP is a really safe place to learn, practice and fine-tune them.”

UPOP's IAP "Career Fairs" connect 200+ employers with students

UPOP's IAP Friday Networking Luncheons featured six new sponsors, dozens of new companies, and many UPOP­-alums coming back as recruiters.

The luncheons, held over MIT's January Independent Activities Period, were among the biggest "career fairs" held on campus this spring. UPOP saw its largest employer engagement yet, with a total of 11 sponsors (six of them new) and more than 200 employers converging at Walker over the course of the two sessions held January 15 and January 29, 2016.

First-time UPOP mentor-instructors become UPOP employers

Jon Ivester ’78 is the senior vice president of worldwide operations for Silicon Laboratories, a producer of high-performance, mixed-signal integrated circuits, headquartered in Austin, Texas. Ivester found that “the talents and accomplishments of the students were truly amazing, but their commitment and eagerness to get the most of the experience was even more impressive. It was great to be able to reconnect with MIT, and I really enjoyed getting to know the other mentors.

Thomson Reuters' UPOP interns work on weighty projects

Nana Yaa Fordjour ’11 worked on Thomson Reuters’ proprietary relationship and entity identification system. She was impressed by her strong team of co-workers, with its diversity of thinking styles and personalities: “Since the team has every kind of personality, the results tend to be well-rounded. For example, the developers and testers strive to get a web product functioning… Then the editorial part of the team suggests ways to increase the aesthetic value and quality of the content.


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