Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program

Students gathered at a UPOP event

First Year Students

Why join UPOP in your sophomore year?

We’ll help you kick-start your career! You’ll hone the skills you need to be successful during your search for internships, UROPs, or public service; your interview process; and when you’re out in your chosen field. This includes helping you develop an amazing resume and cover letter, ace interviews, effectively communicate with employers, build a network, develop relationships with mentors from all sections of industry, find job postings and employers specifically interested in UPOP sophomores; exceed expectations, and stand out in your summer experience.

See why students like you join UPOP!
What will I learn if I participate in UPOP?

By the end of UPOP, students will be able to:

  • Craft personalized resumes and compelling cover letters and understand how to update them for their intended use.
  • Effectively interview for a desired position and present their best self.
  • Navigate networking events and deliver a polished elevator pitch.
  • Execute a targeted summer experience search, maximizing chances for success for getting an internship, UROP, or public service experience.
  • Communicate effectively in teams and with individuals at all levels of an organization.
  • Lead a structured process for group project planning in a time- and resource-constrained environment.
  • Articulate the value of teamwork and its impact on problem-solving as a group.
  • Contribute effectively to future employers.
How do I apply?
The UPOP year

The UPOP year requires attendance at:

  • One one-hour orientation session in September.
  • Seven one-hour Milestone workshops spread across the fall and spring semesters. In the fall, Milestone workshops focus on career basics to prepare for getting a summer experience (internship, UROP, or public service opportunity). And in the spring, we focus more on preparing students for navigating and thriving in the workplace. Milestone formats include short lectures, experiential activities, guest lecturers, and employer panels.
  • One multi-day TTW. Students have a choice of one of three sessions over MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP) or Presidents’ Day weekend.
  • To fully understand the UPOP year, download this useful timeline.

Timeline of the UPOP year

Photo: Drew Houston

UPOP is the start of an amazing adventure learning about business. ”

Drew Houston ’06, Founder & CEO Dropbox

Still have questions?

Please contact us! We look forward to hearing from you and helping you discover the benefits of UPOP!