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DUSP's Career Development Internship Program solicits internship listings each semester from a database of area alumni/ae and other employers. Students in the Department have worked at a variety of local organizations, including community development corporations, public agencies, and private consulting firms.

Students may also use their own contacts and networks to secure positions on their own. The resources of the Career Development Internship Program are open to all MCP and DUSP Undergraduate students. In addition, the MIT Careers Office provides assistance to all MIT students looking for internships.

Students receive a stipend of $2500 from DUSP for a semester internship. In turn, employers are invoiced for one half of that amount. Students, employers and faculty sponsors sign a three-way agreement describing the work assignment and compensation arrangements.

Many DUSP internships are eligible for funding under the MIT Community Service Work Study Program. Through this program MIT subsidizes 75% of an eligible student's stipend. Information on this program is available from the Student Financial Services office.

In addition, DUSP's Career Development Internship Program keeps a list of fellowships that provide summer internships to students, or provide financial support for a summer internship of the student's choice.

The following internships have been extensively explored and utilized by IDG students over a consistent period of time:

  • MISTI Programs (http://web.mit.edu/misti/index.html)
    With programs in eight countries around the world, the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) is among the principal international programs at MIT.

    Each year, MISTI sends over 200 MIT students of all disciplines and academic levels to rigorous, hands-on, tailored internships abroad. These three to 12-month internships are organized through MISTI's country programs in partnership with MISTI's network of leading companies, research institutes and universities around the world. Students selected to participate must complete intensive language and cultural training before going abroad.
  • Summer in India
    Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Pvt. Ltd. (http://www.ictonline.com/), a New Delhi based civil engineering and planning firm offers summer internships for graduate students in planning. ICT works all over India and in several other countries in Asia and Africa. Internships will run for two to three months. DUSP contact for this internship is Mary Jane Daly.
  • Public Services Center
    The MIT Public Service Center exists to motivate, facilitate, and celebrate the ethic and activities of public service at MIT.
    Their aim is to enrich the education and life experiences of students and other MIT community members – faculty, staff, affiliates, alumni, spouses, partners, and others – through leadership and service opportunities that match the innovative culture of MIT. To that end, they provide the guidance, resources, and support to find or create fulfilling service experiences, locally and around the world.

    They model and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, facilitate partnerships, integrate service with education and research, celebrate excellence, and cultivate confidence and imagination.
    Through innovative service learning curricula, the IDEAS Competition, the international fellowships program, and local and international grant-funded service opportunities, the PSC seeks to attract and educate MIT students through reciprocally valuable community service work worldwide. Go to http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/ to learn more about the PSC.
  • Foundation for Sustainable Development
    The Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995 to fight global poverty at the community level. Their model incorporates three unique programs that develop underserved, international communities in a collaborative and sustainable manner. For more detailed information about FSD, visit their website at www.fsdinternational.org.