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 2025 MIT Sophomores will open soon.

Application opens: April 20th, 2022
Early Application ends: May 27th, 2022
Final Application deadline (space permitting): September 14th, 2022

The application for the Class of 2025 is still open. Click on the Apply button at the top of the page or visit https://upop-portal.mit.edu/

Applications for the Class of 2026 will begin in the spring 2023. Join the mailing list to receive the application when it opens: http://bit.ly/UPOPnewsletter

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

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