MIT students find internship opportunities available in many fields and in every area of the country, and the majority of students participate in at least one internship during their years at MIT.
MIT's Global Education and Career Development Office coordinates many internship-related events during the year, including workshops on resume writing, interviewing, and searching for an internship. The Careers Office also offers one-on-one appointments to work on an individual student's resume, cover letter, interview skills, and career development. Several career fairs are held at MIT each year for seniors to look for jobs and for younger students to look for internships. Students can use the Institute Career Assistance Network (ICAN) to find alumni who share their career goals, and then contact them for advice.
Several programs at MIT focus on finding internships for participating students.
- UPOP, the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, teaches sophomores in the School of Engineering skills necessary to obtain a summer internship, then facilitates their connections with companies offering internships.
- F/ASIP, the Freshman/Alumni Internship Program, connects freshmen with MIT alumni who offer internships in their workplaces.
- MISTI, MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives, places interested MIT students in internships abroad. Programs are currently available in China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Africa, and Singapore.
- The Externship Program connects students with MIT alums during the Independent Activities Period.
Of course, MIT students are independent and headstrong, and many students find internships using their own initiative and connections.