Student Participation
in the Program

Work Assignment Schedule

The program consists of three work assignments at the same company. There are two undergraduate work assignments of three months each, one after your second year at MIT and one after the third year. During the second term of your third year, you apply for admission into the department's graduate program. If you are accepted into the graduate program, there is one additional work assignment of seven months duration after the fourth year. The table below shows the typical work/study schedule based on three summers and one semester in plant. Other sequences of work assignments are possible as well, for example, an additional academic year by agreement between the company, the student and the department. As part of each work assignment, students and their supervisors must submit Exhibits to the EIP Office to document their progress and for grading purposes.

For those students who are not admitted to the department graduate program, or do not continue on to graduate school for other reasons, the internship program will terminate at the end of the fourth year at the bachelor's level.

Work Assignment Table


1st Year

2nd Year

3rd Year

4th Year

5th Year

















(if necessary)

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Exhibit Forms

The forms are in rich text format (RTF) which most word processing programs can read.

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This is a form for:

Thesis Proposal Agreement
[Exhibit B]


Thesis Review Letter
[Exhibit C]


Student's Project Description
[Exhibit E]


Company Supervisor's Progress Report
[Exhibit F]

Company Supervisor

Student's Progress Report
[Exhibit G]


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Academic Credit

Students will receive undergraduate credit for each of the first two summer work assignments and graduate credit for the last work assignment. To receive credit, the student must register for the appropriate Industrial Practice subject in his/her department of registration. A "J" grade will be received after the first summer assignment. When the student successfully completes the second summer assignment, a "P" grade will be received for both assignments. Grades for the three work assignments will be assigned on a pass/fail basis by the department coordinator, in consultation with a staff member of the participating company. A written evaluation of the student's performance will be prepared by a company supervisor and made available to the student.

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Light-load Policy

As stated in the Academic Guide for Undergraduates and Their Advisors, the light-load option is not available to students who are (or were) in engineering internship and cooperative programs.

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The student will receive credit, in addition to the above, for thesis work performed during the third work assignment. It should be understood that thesis credit does not count toward the units required for the Master's degree.

Students in the program will pay the normal registration fees for the academic year. No special fees will be paid for summer work assignments; however, students will be regarded as registered during the summer. Fifth-year students will pay a full academic year's tuition for the fifth year even though they will be in residence at MIT only for one term. Registration fees will be waived for these students during the summer after the fifth academic year, if necessary, to complete the requirements for the BS-MS degree. Thus the student pays a total of five years (10 semesters) of tuition, equivalent to that paid by a student in a five-year, on-campus, joint BS-MS program.

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Students are paid during their period of residence at the participating companies. While salary levels are a matter of negotiation between student and company, it is expected that salaries will be consistent with those paid to permanent staff members of comparable experience levels and abilities in the participating companies. It is also expected that a company will fund each student's travel from MIT to the company at the beginning of each assignment and his/her travel back to MIT at the end of the assignment.

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Preparing for Graduate School

Sophomore year
You will have about 3 semesters of grades for submission to the committee. It is important that you get GOOD GRADES during your sophomore year as this will be the most significant basis for evaluating your academics!

Junior Year
The spring of the junior year is the best time to apply to graduate school. For some departments, it is mandatory that you apply this term. (If you are rejected, you can apply again in your senior year to the traditional master's program.)

During the second summer internship, you should shop around for your thesis project.

Senior year
You MUST locate a thesis project and supervisor for your final internship!

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Applying to Graduate School

The admissions form
Write your proposed date of entrance as the summer of your fifth year.
Write yourself in as an MIT EIP MS candidate.

Fee: $50

Standardized test scores

You will need to take the GRE. Check with the department to which you are applying for GRE requirements.

You must submit three evaluations.
One from your Bachelor's degree thesis advisor (EIP advisor at your company is an acceptable substitute).
The others from two professors who know you well.

Statement of objectives
The statement of objectives is geared entirely for those who have already acquired a BS. To inform the committee that your application is special, you should write EIP in large letters in the upper right hand corner above your name. The statement should be typed and turned in on time!!

Professors use this to:

  • See if you are working in their field
  • Tell if you are the type of person they want to have working on their projects

It may be helpful to include:

  • You are an EIP student
  • You have made a commitment to your sponsoring company
  • State what your specific interests are (i.e. design engineering, manufacturing, fluid dynamics, etc.).
  • If you had a UROP or other experience relevant to this field, mention it.
  • Talk about relevant points in your summer internships

Describe your project(s) in some detail and state what you learned

  • Describe your short-term plans
  • State your long-term plans (academia, industry, consulting, etc.)
  • Make a prediction as to what your master's project could be based upon your previous experience
  • Note how your industrial and grad-class experience will be relevant

If not accepted to graduate school
If you applied as a junior, you may apply again as a senior to the traditional master's program. If rejected and you want to do your thesis at your company, you must know in advance of your Junior-Senior summer to plan that internship as an undergraduate thesis. Check with your department about bachelor's thesis qualifications.

If accepted to graduate school
There is a writing requirement for all admitted graduate students which is usually administered in the first year of graduate study. Ask your departments graduate office about fulfilling this requirement. You may have to fulfill the writing requirement during the fall term of your senior year.

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Graduate Thesis

Students who are accepted to the graduate program will do a combined BS-MS thesis on a topic related to their work assignment. Typically, the thesis will be written, primarily, in-plant during the final work assignment, under the combined supervision of company staff and an MIT faculty member.

Thesis proposal
You should fill out your thesis proposal form (Exhibit B) at the beginning of your final internship. It is pointless to complete the proposal before you know the exact nature of your project.

Finding a Thesis Adviser
You will need a thesis adviser at your company AND at MIT. 

Company supervisor
Your supervisor at your company will serve as your company thesis adviser. You will be in direct communication with your work supervisor.

MIT supervisor
The EIP faculty representative assigned to your company will not be sufficient for the role. You MUST make a good effort to find a professor in your department whose research interests are relevant to your expected project. He or she will ultimately give you your grade. The EIP office can give you a memo for your prospective thesis supervisor about his/her responsibilities in this role.

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