What is MISTI?
MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI)
MISTI connects MIT students and faculty with research and innovation around the world. Inspired by the MIT Mens et Manus tradition, MISTI is a pioneer in applied international studies.
Preparing MIT students to be global leaders
Working closely with a network of premier corporations, universities and research institutes, MISTI matches hundreds of MIT undergraduate and graduate students annually with all-expenses-paid internships and research abroad. MISTI prepares students to be successful in their internships through MIT courses in the language and culture of the host country.
MISTI internships are organized through MISTI country programs. Some MISTI programs also offer student teaching abroad, industry workshops and study abroad in STEM fields. Visit our country program websites or contact a program manager to learn more.
Spurring international research collaboration at MIT
MISTI Global Seed Funds provides funding for MIT faculty to jump-start international projects. Faculty are encouraged to include MIT students in their projects. The program includes a general fund for projects in any country and several dedicated funds to support collaboration with colleagues in a specific country. Tangible outcomes reported by grantees, including papers published, grants obtained, and new career paths for students, point to seed funds as a practical, cost-effective way to spur international research collaboration from the ground up. Learn more.