A world renowned system of education, a policy driven support of innovation and technology and a culture of combining theoretical and industrial experience make Germany the ideal environment for promoting MIT’s tradition of mens et manus, allowing students to bridge the divide between theory and practice while gaining experience in the field.
Each year 80-100 students intern at leading German companies, universities and research organizations. Projects are hands-on and student contributions can lead to patents, publications and new technologies. Students also have the opportunity to apply for teaching opportunities as part of the unique Global Teaching Labs program in Germany, where they are placed at German high schools to teach STEM subjects in January.
The MIT-Germany Seed Fund facilitates research collaborations between MIT faculty and their German counterparts. Launched in 2011, the fund has granted 20 projects with partners throughout Germany and has increased the visibility at MIT with outstanding German centers.
Lasting impact: Seed funded projects have led to larger scale grant support with the NIH, corporate sponsorship at German universities, peer-reviewed publications and increased post-doc exchanges.
German Industry and Research
Working with a robust and diverse portfolio, the program has contacts with hundreds of partners in nearly every corner of the country. While most organizations are interested in hosting MIT students for summer internships, teaching programs or recruiting for longer projects, other partners are interested in strengthening their presence at MIT and connecting with faculty and researchers on campus.