The UPOP program is one of the most important programs for MIT engineers 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. Without UPOP, I would probably still struggle with simple tasks like writing a résumé, a cover letter, reaching out to employers, and even thank-you notes! I really appreciated the opportunity to get professional advice on ways to conduct myself and develop a resume to be competitive as a sophomore when applying to internships. Not only does the UPOP office provide a great resource to students, but also gives a fantastic image of MIT to companies in industry. UPOP enhances the image of MIT in this country. I had very little work experience when I was a sophomore and especially experience in a professional environment. I can only thank UPOP for providing me with the skills and opportunity to meet an employer at one of the networking events. I eventually worked for them in the following summer, and it provided me with a great opportunity to get experience. Put simply, students like myself would have to work much harder and be much luckier to start a career while hitting the ground running, which UPOP dramatically helps with. I highly doubt that I would have the opportunities I have now without the help of the UPOP program.
Class of 2009 UPOP Alum