What is UPOP?

Founded in 2001, MIT’s Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP) is a yearlong professional development program for sophomores focused on building the relevant and critical skills necessary for a career in industry, research, or academia. The program features 1:1 advising, interactive workshops and exercises led by UPOP’s dedicated community of mentors, program alumni, employer partners, and staff.

UPOP students develop the skills to both acquire a summer internship and hone their communication, problem solving, and teamwork skills. Participants emerge from UPOP with the confidence and resilience needed to thrive in an ever-changing workplace.

Applications for the Class of 2023 MIT Sophomores have now closed.

We will open applications for the Class of 2024 sophomores late August 2021.

[Here's a brief MIT News video on UPOP.]

UPOP is compatible with programs such as MISTI, UROP, PSC fellowships, and LeaderShape, and we are highly recommended as preparation for the elite Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program for juniors and seniors.