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Department of Chemical Engineering establishes new professorship

Department of Chemical Engineering establishes new professorship

Bernhardt Trout becomes first Raymond F. Baddour (1949) Professor of Chemical Engineering.

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In keeping with the Institute's mens et manus (mind and hand) philosophy, work experience is a highly valued element of energy education at MIT. Energy internships are found in a wide array of organizations throughout the government, industry, and non-profit sectors. See below for information on offices, services, clubs, and entities both within and beyond MIT, with resources for internships.

MIT Offices, Services, and Club Resources

MIT Departmental Programs

Other Internship Programs and Resources

If you have questions about the information on this page, please email (internadmins@mit.edu).

MIT Offices, Services, and Club Resources

  • CareerBridge & Global Education and Career Development (GECD) GECD provides career counseling and resources for finding internships and jobs, including those in the energy field. Sign up for individual career counseling appointments, workshops and events, or take advantage of the array of internship information on the GECD website (http://gecd.mit.edu). To schedule an appointment, apply for posted internship opportunities or register for upcoming events, visit the GECD's online career management system, CareerBridge, at www.myinterfase.com/mit/student.
  • MIT’s flagship international program, MISTI (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives) connects MIT students and faculty with research and innovation around the world. Inspired by the MIT Mens et Manus tradition, MISTI matches over 650 MIT grad and undergrad students annually with fully-funded internship, research, and teaching opportunities in 20 countries around the world. MISTI energy internship hosts include sustainable energy start-ups, leading research institutes and major oil and gas companies. MISTI has partnered with MITEI to create even more hands-on energy opportunities with MITEI sponsor companies.
  • Freshman/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) MIT's Freshman/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) provides participating freshmen with career development training. Through a series of virtual webinars, live seminars, and written assignments, this graded seminar (SP.800/SP.801) helps students explore their professional interests, cultivate professional skills, and find summer internships in their field of interest (note: past students have successfully landed internships in the energy field). For more information about the program, including application materials and deadlines, please visit the F/ASIP website at http://gecd.mit.edu/jobs/intern/explore/fasip.
  • Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP) MIT's Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP) is a full-year curriculum where undergraduates develop professional "firm skills"—the knowledge, tools and attitudes required to translate their hard science, math and engineering training into thriving careers in leadership. This School of Engineering program is open to all Institute sophomores. Students receive academic training, hands-on industry practice, networking opportunities and mentoring, with individually tailored coaching and team challenges. MIT faculty, UPOP staff, and industry professionals help students obtain meaningful summer internships in commercial, government, and nonprofit sectors, including many in the energy and environmental fields. For information: upop@mit.edu.
  • Public Service Center (PSC) The PSC Fellowships and Internships programs both support students working on capacity-building service projects around the world. Fellows and Interns work with community-focused organizations such as non-profits, government offices, aid agencies, schools, grassroots groups, student-initiated service enterprises and for-profit social enterprises. Students in these programs receive a stipend for their work, which typically goes towards living and travel expenses. We have supported many energy-focused projects and welcome proposals in this area. Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu if you'd like to discuss your ideas before applying.
  • MIT Energy Club The MIT Energy Club job board includes full-time and internship opportunities for a diverse set of energy positions, including job openings in technology, policy and business. Employers specifically seeking MIT students regularly advertise job openings on the MIT Energy Club job board.

MIT Departmental Programs

  • MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics Internships (Aero/Astro) The AeroAstro internship program is a strong alliance with aerospace industry that ties students' campus learning to a work experience. The program is mutually beneficial: the student gains real-world applied experience; the participating companies obtain students of MIT caliber prepared to help build systems and products. All AeroAstro sophomores and juniors may participate in this three-month program. Although most employers are looking for undergraduates, there are occasional graduate student opportunities. Employers begin searching for summer interns as early as October for the following summer.
  • Chemical Engineering Internships (Chem E) The Chemical Engineering Department offers support for current Chemical Engineering students looking for internships in a variety of areas. The focus is mainly on seniors or rising juniors, and they can help hiring organizations connect with qualified and interested students. Contact Suzanne Maguire (easterly@mit.edu) with questions about internship opportunities through Chemical Engineering. Also see Chemical Engineering Practice School.
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Internships (CEE) MIT's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department runs a summer internship program to help rising CEE juniors and seniors find exciting summer jobs related to their field of study, including many that touch on energy technologies, green buildings, efficient transportation systems, etc. If interested, please contact Dr. Eric Adams (eeadams@mit.edu) or Kris Kipp (kipp@mit.edu).
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science VI-A M.Eng Thesis Program (EECS) VI-A offers intensive well-mentored educational state-of-the-art internships complementary to classroom education at selected leading edge member companies who have a long-term relationship with the department and who understand that our undergraduates are capable of making a real contribution to their companies. Students receive academic credit for each assignment. This is the only way to receive credit for work done at a company or to use such work to satisfy any academic requirement. VI-A students are able to graduate with their class.
  • Department of Urban Studies and Planning – Public Service Center Career Development Internships (DUSP-PSC) Are you a DUSP student planning for a career in international development or public service closer to home? Are you in the process of lining up a summer internship? Need funding to help support your efforts? Consider applying to the DUSP-PSC Summer Internship Program. This year, the MIT Public Service Center and the Department of Urban Studies are once again jointly funding five summer internships in international public service. Each intern will receive a stipend of $2500 in addition to a substantial contribution toward airfare. Additionally, for the first time, we are also funding three domestic public service-focused internships with a stipend of $5000.00 each.
  • Political Science DC Summer Internships (Poli-Sci DC) The Washington DC Internship Program provides technically sophisticated undergraduates the opportunity to apply their scientific and technical training to public policy issues. The core of the program is focused on the summer months, when students selected to participate in the program work in the offices of government agencies, the private sector, and advocacy groups. Complementing the summer internships are a trip to Washington during spring break and academic exercises. Contact Tobie Weiner (iguanatw@mit.edu) for more information.
  • Department of Materials Science and Engineering Industrial Internships (DMSE) The industrial Internship Program offers students the opportunity to experience the world of research, development, or production in industry, and provides companies and laboratories the opportunity to interact with Course III and its students.
  • The MIT Technology and Policy Program (TPP) TPP is an interdisciplinary graduate-level program that focuses on technology, policy and the socio-technical aspects of complex systems. TPP internships enable students to learn about the practice of technology & policy worldwide. High-level connections mean that students get a unique opportunity to observe and participate in all layers of decision-making in government agencies, non-profit organizations, and corporations. Recent TPP Summer Internships have included placements at: The President's Office of Management and Budget (OMB); NASA; US House Science Committee; US Senate Offices; US Department of Energy; US Department of Transportation; WorldBank; General Motors; ExxonMobile; McKinsey& Company; and the Far East Organization. Support from alumni and company sponsorships makes funding available to enable TPP students to participate in internships with organizations that cannot offer funded internship opportunities.

Other Internship Programs and Resources

  • Bosch Energy Research Network (BERN) offers a wide variety of energy-related internships in multiple disciplines and locations for enrolled students in engineering, computer science and business majors, at both graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • Green Job Engine is free for job seekers and includes the following features:
    • Resume uploading
    • Search for jobs from across the web
    • View relevant jobs from LinkedIn
    • View recent job postings from organizations including Tesla and the Sierra Club.

    Visit the Green Job Engine at http://www.greenjobengine.com

  • Department of Energy (General) Internships (DOE) Federal internships are the best and most competitive internship programs that we offer. Some of these programs may offer participants an opportunity to explore permanent employment with the DOE.
  • Mass Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) Clean Energy Internship Opportunity The Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Opportunity is a workforce development initiative offered through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) that focuses on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts companies engaged in the clean energy industry. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Opportunity facilitates the placement of students and recent graduates who are considering career opportunities in clean energy through paid summer internships across the state. Consistent with the MassCEC and NECEC's role as a catalyst in growing the talent needed by the clean energy industry, the Internship Opportunity program is designed to provide students and companies with the tools to connect, and the MassCEC will reimburse eligible companies for intern stipends.
  • Electrical Engineering Community (EEWeb) Browse internship and job opportunities in electrical engineering around the world.
  • Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration (RECS) Program Future leaders and innovators in the area of carbon capture and storage (CCS) can gain a unique and intensive tutorial on the subject by participating in the Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration (RECS) program. An intensive 10-day science-based program, RECS combines classroom instruction with group exercises and field activities at CCS test sites. Applicants should be early career professionals, Ph.D. or masters students with backgrounds in geology, chemistry, hydrology, physics, engineering, climate science and related fields.
  • Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy Mickey Leland Fellowship The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) is an internship program to provide educational advancement and career development to women and minority students who are pursuing academic majors related to the Fossil Energy mission. The MLEF program - with opportunities available at DOE Headquarters, Field Offices and National Laboratories - offers 10-week, paid summer internships to qualified students to gain experience, and offers an insider's view to the Federal government.