Women's Technology Program

Massachusetts Institute of Technology



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Summer 2024

The Mechanical Engineering track of WTP will be a residential program for summer 2024, with housing provided for the duration of the program in the MIT dorms.  Applying to WTP is completely FREE.    

WTP Application decisions were emailed on Apr 8. Please check your spam/junk folders before emailing us to check your status

The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) track of the Women's Technology Program is on hiatus so will not be offered in the summer of 2024. 

High school students interested in exploring engineering and computer science: check our Resources page.

About the Women's Technology Program

Our goal: to spark interest in the future study of engineering among high school rising seniors.

View this YouTube video to learn more about WTP!

The MIT Women's Technology Program (WTP) is a rigorous four-week summer academic experience to introduce high school students to engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects in the summer after 11th grade.

WTP is designed for students who are excited about learning, have demonstrated their ability to excel at math and science in their high school classes, and who have no prior background (or very little) in engineering, with few opportunities to explore these fields.

WTP is a women-focused collaborative community aimed at empowering young women and other students who are underrepresented and underserved in engineering, including students who attend high schools with limited access to STEM classes and activities, will potentially be the first family member to attend college, come from low socioeconomic means (which may be indicated by qualifying for free/reduced school lunch), or who have otherwise been discouraged from pursuing their interest in STEM because of their background or who they are. We strongly encourage applications from students who are African American, Hispanic, or Native American; however, all applicants will be reviewed equitably, regardless of their race or ethnicity.

Summer 2024: Students may attend WTP in only Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Please explore our web site by clicking on the links to the left. The Application page has details about who should apply and how to apply. Calendar contains program dates and deadlines. Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page before contacting us by email.

student with tetris gameWe accept students for whom our curriculum will be a new experience. The WTP-ME curriculum focuses on the engineering design process as used in mechanical engineering, so if you have taken an engineering class or had extensive experience with engineering design, you will not be considered for admission to WTP. Please refer to our FAQ question on prior experience for more details.

MIT graduate students design and teach the classes, assisted by MIT undergraduate students. WTP is not a "summer camp" but an intense academic experience; however, WTP classes do not earn academic credit from MIT. WTP is not an internship (you cannot get research internship credit).

We expect to select twenty participants for WTP-ME in 2024 from an applicant pool of the top 11th grade math and science students able to attend a four week residential program at MIT. In 2023 we receved 188 applications for the 20 WTP-ME spots. 


We encourage students to apply who are not yet certain about their future college majors, who may have felt discouraged from STEM activities, and who would like to explore mechanical engineering to determine whether this field might be of interest.

NOTE: WTP is not connected in any way to MIT undergraduate admissions. WTP has very different acceptance criteria than MIT. Acceptance or non-acceptance to WTP has no bearing whatsoever on a student's chances of future acceptance by MIT.