The Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP) offers an unparalleled gateway for employers to reach extraordinary MIT talent. We help employers cut through the red tape, and make recruiting on campus easy.
- How do employers get involved?
- Is UPOP an internship placement service or part of the MIT Career Development Center?
- Does UPOP organize the MIT fall or spring career fairs and how can I register my organization?
- What’s the general recruiting timeline for summer internships?
- Are UPOP students available to work in the fall and spring semesters or over the month of January?
- How do employers post a position?
- What are UPOP's policies for recruiting UPOP students?
- Does UPOP manage the MIT Careerbridge job portal? Is posting a position to the UPOP network the same as posting via Careerbridge?
- Does UPOP supply a résumé book?
- Where do UPOP students work?
- When are students available to work? What is the typical length of internships?
- What is the current competitive salary range for summer interns?
- Where do the students live?
- How many students participate in UPOP?
- What is the general breakdown of academic majors in UPOP each year?
- What factors influence a student’s decision about an offer?
- What are UPOP's expectations of employers?
- How can employers increase their engagement with UPOP students?
We ask all new employers to contact Amy Bass to set up a brief phone call or in-person meeting. Once an employer, we invite you to:
- Post an internship (no obligation to hire a student if there isn’t a good fit)
- Volunteer as a speaker, facilitator or coach at a UPOP event during the fall or spring semester
- Become a corporate sponsor
- UPOP is separate from the MIT Career Development Center, and we are not a job placement service for our students
- UPOP is housed within the MIT School of Engineering and sophomores receive two units of credit upon completion of the yearlong program (September-September)
- Thousand of companies, from small startups to multinational corporations, work with UPOP in different capacities based on their organizations' goals, including: volunteering for on-campus industry events with UPOP; becoming a corporate sponsor; or simply posting a job or summer internship description to the UPOP network. We do, however, work closely with hiring managers to ensure that the internships posted will meet our students' career objectives Return to top
- UPOP is neither involved in organizing the fall or spring career fairs, nor able to register employers for these campus-wide events. MIT's general on-campus fairs are organized each year by rotating student committees. Learn more about the MIT Career Fair.
- UPOP organizes two January Networking Luncheons, or "mini career fairs" just for UPOP sophomores. Learn more about January Networking Luncheons Return to top
- Most MIT students, UPOP sophomores included, begin their search in the fall semester, but spring (January – mid-March) is the peak season for students to intensify their summer job search and make their final decisions
- We continue to post jobs even as late as mid-April Return to top
- In general, most MIT students, UPOP students included, are seeking paid, full-time (8-12 weeks) summer work. Since there is no formal co-op program program at MIT for companies recruiting for 6+month fall/spring semester internships, it is challenging to recruit students outside of the summer months for internships. UPOP will occasionally post fall and spring semester internships for local companies with the caveat that most students may be able to commit only to working part-time or remotely
- Please contact the Alumni Association for more information about MIT's Externship Program (3-4 week January internships) Return to top
If you are interested in posting an internship or full-time position to the UPOP network, please contact Amy Bass. Assuming a good mutual fit, UPOP Employer Relations will distribute your job description to relevant UPOP mailing lists and post your summer internship descriptions to UPOP's sophomore job board. Please note: sophomores are UPOP's primary focus; while we are happy to distribute internship postings to the UPOP junior alum mailing list, sophomores within UPOP get "first pass" at all summer internship postings.
Please note: when possible, do not send a pdf of the description; an email or Word document is preferred. We recommend including the following information in the posting:
- Brief company overview (including location)
- Brief description of the position or potential projects (please indicate if this is a summer internship or a full-time position)
- Desired qualifications
- Deadline to apply (highly recommended)
- Where/to whom should the students submit their application materials. Note: We can collect résumés for you or have students contact you directly
- Note: is US citizenship required?
- Note: will students need their own transportation? Return to top
Does UPOP manage the MIT Careerbridge job portal? Is asking to post a position to the UPOP network the same as posting to Careerbridge?
- UPOP does not manage or administer job postings via the Careerbridge system. Careerbridge is an online job portal managed by the MIT Career Development Center and is accessible to the general MIT undergraduate and graduate populations.
- While many UPOP students use Careerbridge in their internship and full-time job search, most employers working with UPOP choose to post a job separately just to the UPOP network. Any internship or full-time postings advertised by UPOP staff on behalf of organizations will be distributed only to current UPOP students and UPOP alums. Return to top
- We do not supply a résumé book. Once an employer posts a job, or participates in an on-campus recruiting event with UPOP, students who are interested in applying will submit their résumés individually. Return to top
- All over the United States & internationally, across industries.
- Approximately 40 students work overseas every year.
UPOP sophomores have interned at companies such as: Accenture, Adobe, Air Liquide, Amazon, Apple, Akamai, Amazon, Aurora Flight Sciences, Autodesk, Bank of America, Bell Helicopter, Biogen, Blizzard, BMW, Boeing, Booze Allen Hamilton, Boston Scientific, Bose, BP, Cessna Aircraft, Chevron, Chrysler, Cisco, Conoco Philips, Corning, Cummins, Cypress Semi Conductor, Dassault Systèmes, Deutsche Bank, Direct TV, Dow Chemical, Draper, Dropbox, DuPont Pioneer, eBay, Estee Lauder, Etsy, ExxonMobil, Facebook, Ford, GM, GE, Gameloft, General Atomics, Genetech, Genzyme, Goldman Sachs, Google, HP, Halliburton, IBM, IDEO, Intel, iRobot, JPL, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorganChase, Lincoln Labs, Lockheed Martin, Los Alamos Labs, Mass Challenge, Mathworks, McKinsey, Medtronic, Merck, Merrill Lynch, MGH, Microsoft, MITRE, Morgan Stanley, NASA, the New York Times, the NIH, the NRC, the NSA, Nike, Nokia, Northrop Grumman, Novartis, Oracle, Orbital Sciences, P&G, Palantir, Panasonic, Pfizer, Pinterest, Pioneer Natural Resources, Pixar, Pratt & Whitney, P&G, Qualcomm, Raytheon, Sandia, Schlumberger, Shell, Sikorsky, SolidWorks, SpaceX, St. Gobain, State Farm, Stryker, Synaptics, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Terrafugia, Tesla Motors, Texas Instruments, Thomson Reuters, Tiffany & Company, Trip Advisor, Tumblr, UBS, US Army Corp of Engineers, US Senate, Vecna Technologies, Virgin Gallactic, VMWare, Vistaprint, Volpe National Transportation, Walt Disney Company, Washington Metro Transit Authority, Westinghouse, WL Gore, the World Bank, Xerox, Yahoo, as well as many early-stage startups, and more. Return to top
- 500+ sophomores, across majors, apply to UPOP each fall (almost half the sophomore class). UPOP accepts about 450 students and graduates a class of between 350-380 students each year.
- While sophomores remain our primary focus, UPOP has an extensive network of 600+ UPOP junior and senior alums and 2500+ graduated UPOP alumni/ae. Return to top
- While it varies slightly year to year, the breakdown of majors in each new class of UPOP sophomores is proportional to the breakdown of undergraduate majors at MIT: electrical engineering and computer science is the largest represented major within UPOP, followed by mechanical engineering, mathematics and chemical engineering. However, each year we have students across all the STEM fields and Sloan Business School participating in UPOP. Return to top
- Internships usually run 8-12 weeks.
- They usually fall within the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend. Student and employer determine length of assignment and work schedule. Return to top
- On average, current competitive salary range for summer interns, depending on experience, is $15 to $24 per hour. Current competitive salary range for computer science interns is $16 to $26 per hour. Larger high-tech firms can often pay upwards of $35/hour. Return to top
- Some employers provide housing, but most just provide information on housing resources for students. Return to top
UPOP staff have observed that when students are deciding among similar appealing offers, they tend to choose their internships based on:
- The amount of specific information they have about the summer project itself (when possible)
- Challenge or impact of summer project(s)
- Location of internship or accessibility to public transportation
- Support for housing or information on housing resources in area (when possible)
- The amount of time to make a final decision (2-4 weeks), following a formal offer letter (hard copy or email)
- Timing of the final offer: most students finalize internship plans by early spring to mid-spring
- The process leading up to the final interview or final-offer stage: for example, if students are given enough time to make an informed final decision for the summer. In addition, if students are active in their internship search throughout the fall and early spring semester they begin building, early on, a stronger relationship with employers they have been in touch with consistently. Often, the more contact along the way from those employers, the more it tends to sway their decision to work for that company Return to top
To provide an MIT-caliber internship in which the student is:
- Challenged with meaningful work
- Held accountable for successful performance at the end of the summer