Students gave feedback from UPOP’s winter workshops: “This was the best decision I ever made,” “An invaluable experience," “It opened my eyes to a world of opportunity … I feel like I’ve made a worthwhile investment in the rest of my life.”
UPOP sophomores learned a new and creative approach to problem solving and project management during UPOP’s three winter Team Training Workshops. “Team Creativity” incorporates Edward DeBono’s Six Thinking Hats into a structured brainstorming activity, demonstrating a way to manage a project while maximizing group brainstorming effectiveness.
Dozens of UPOP students took advantage of our popular fall Mock Interview Nights, where seasoned industry volunteers interview our students for mock jobs, offering them valuable feedback so that they are well prepared for their internship search.
The lessons of UPOP ring true for UPOP alum GiHun Choi ’17.
Network. Communicate. Never burn a bridge. These are all UPOP lessons that bio-engineering student GiHun Choi ’17, a UPOP alum, took to heart as he navigated his internship opportunities.
David Gomez ’17 worked at Sonos, Inc., in its Cambridge, Mass., office during the summer of 2015. David’s project involved creating a usage model of the NAND memory in Sonos players. Through this model he was able to give Sonos a better idea of how data gets stored on NAND in the players as well as assess the reliability risks posed by NAND memory failures.
A hundred years ago, MIT left its its Back Bay digs and headed over the Charles to new and spacious quarters in Cambridge. This calls for a celebration, and MIT is holding many events, including a sprawling Open House on Saturday, April 23, from 10 to 3.
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.”
More than 120 employers will connect with hundreds of UPOP students at the coming Employer Networking Luncheons, held at the end of each of UPOP’s IAP Team Training Workshops. Expected participants include: Apple, Bose, Chevron, Google, Lockheed Martin, McKinsey & Company, Mitsubishi Electric, Procter & Gamble, Stryker, W.L. Gore and many more.
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.