UPOP Now

UPOP Now

Courtesy Ryan Koeppen

Ryan Koeppen ’19, was drawn to UPOP, MIT’s Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, because of its one-of-a-kind attention dedicated to sophomores—who are largely unnoticed by employers in top-industry fields.

Are you an MIT sophomore? Stressed about finding an internship? Wondering what's going to make you stand out?

Employers assume you have great technical skills—you're at MIT!—but they are looking for something extra.

UPOP gives you that something extra—the real-world skills that are in hot demand by…

Jessica Jones

UPOP prepared Gina Han '19 for the job-search process in ways that she appreciated only in retrospect—and it stood her in good stead when her junior internship fell through at the last minute and she had to start the job search from scratch.

Jessica Jones

Entrepreneurial UPOP alum credits UPOP and mentor for setting her on “non-linear” career path

As is true for many MIT sophomores, Victoria Gregory ’17 found that UPOP’s rich array of employer and mentor networking opportunities helped to set her on her career journey — though in entirely unexpected ways.

UPOP's teamwork training proved invaluable in Judy Wang's Optum internship

When UPOP sophomore Judy Wang ’19 interned at Optum, she worked on data-lakes, chatbots, learned how technology innovation is being applied to improve costs and outcomes in healthcare—and drew extensively upon the collaborative skills she…