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.
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.