Get Involved

When UPOP says “Get Involved,” we really mean it! Whether you’re an incoming sophomore, an employer, an MIT alum, or a UPOP alum, we have many opportunities for you to get involved in interesting and productive ways!

Our yearlong program offers our students a rich array of experiential workshops, company field trips, networking events, panel discussions with top employers (such as Apple, Tesla, Accenture, and Northrop Grumman). In addition, our students get extensive mentoring from many MIT alums, and have access to 2000+ employers who work with UPOP each year to ensure that our hundreds of students get excellent internships.

We couldn’t do any of this without the enthusiastic involvement of our “Get Involved” partners.

New MIT sophomores: our application process opens during the summer, and the deadline is late September each year. [Applications for MIT's Class of 2020 sophomores will open mid-summer 2017.] UPOP can kickstart your career and help you find a really great internship or other meaningful summer work experience. Learn more on our "For Students" page.

Employers: we welcome your involvement at any level—from posting jobs to hiring interns, assisting at our mock interview nights, hosting field trips your (local) company, holding sponsored events, attending our popular January Networking Luncheons (mini “Career Fairs” for UPOP sophomores), and more. Learn more on our "Become an Employer" page.

Mentors: our program is noted for the lifelong connections our students make with some extraordinary mentors, usually MIT alums, dozens of whom volunteer during our intense weeklong experiential workshops during MIT’s January Independent Activities Period, as well as during many other events during the UPOP year. If you’re interested in learning more about the important role of mentors in our program, contact Kate Moynihan.

MIT alums: there are a number of ways MIT alums can engage with our program. MIT alums who are employers can participate in one of our many employer engagement events or can hire UPOP student interns, promote UPOP within your company, deliver a presentation on a topic relevant to emerging professionals, be a mentor during our IAP workshop, or donate to the program to help future generations of MIT students graduate from MIT with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace. If you are an MIT alum and are interested in engaging with UPOP, contact Kate Moynihan.

UPOP alums: There are now over 2500 of you out there, and our current students are eager to learn from you! Many of you are now hiring UPOP interns, or volunteering at our events. We invite you to get involved in many other ways. Learn more on our "UPOP Alums" page.