UPOP started me thinking about real-world skills

Class of 2005 UPOP Alum

I still remember the things we learned, especially how to communicate our ideas effectively through figures and words. I had a lot of fun and made new friends. Most importantly, 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. UPOP also enabled me to do a summer internship with the Department of Fish and Game in California. I consider that to be my best internship because I was able to combine my technical knowledge and practice communicating with people of diverse backgrounds. I didn't do everything perfectly, but I was much more aware of the needs of the people around me.