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A student tests a blended wing body aircraft in AeroAstro's Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel.

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The MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program allows undergraduates to participate in research as junior colleagues of Institute faculty. AeroAstro has a range of projects that offer students the opportunity to do research, sometimes as early as the freshman year. As UROPers, you participate in each phase of standard research activity: developing research plans, writing proposals, conducting research, analyzing data, and presenting research results. UROP students receive academic credit, pay, or work as volunteers. If you want to find a UROP in AeroAstro, you should review our faculty research profiles and contact those whose areas are of interest.


To learn about summer internship opportunities, contact Marie Stuppard in the AeroAstro Student Services Office, Room 33-202.  Ms. Stuppard will advise you about the internship process, including how to get your resumé updated and interviewing skills sharpened.  

Note to Prospective Employers: AeroAstro students have successfully filled internship positions with a variety of employers. To find out more about hiring one or more AeroAstro students for summer positions, please contact Marie Stuppard. She will work with you to get word of your opportunities to our students, forward resumés, and assist with information sessions and interviews.

Year Abroad

Through the MIT Global Education Office, you may apply to spend your junior year abroad. You'll enroll in the academic cycle of the host institution and take courses in the local language.

January Operation Internship Experience

In addition to summer internships, there is an opportunity for a small group of selected students to work at the Kennedy Space Center for three weeks during Independent Activities Period. The Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium and NASA cosponsor the January Operation Internship Experience in which participating students are introduced to the operational aspects of space flight and shown the relationship between design and operations. Gaining this operational perspective in the exciting atmosphere of KSC will helps students to become better engineers, and will help attract them to space-related careers.  Students who successfully complete JOIE receive nine units of MIT credit on letter grades. For more information on JOIE, contact Professor Jeff Hoffman.

Gordon Engineering Leadership Program

The Bernard M. Gordon — MIT Engineering Leadership Program helps MIT's undergraduate engineering students develop the skills, tools, and character they will need as future leaders in the world of engineering practice. In either a one-year or two-year program, participants are immersed in interactive, hands-on experiential learning and benefit from intensive coaching and evaluation.

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