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The application deadline for MIT-India was February 10th, 2017.
You can still apply to the program for Summer 2017 and you will be offered an internship based on funding availability.
When you apply through our application portal, you'll need to upload the following:
The cover letter is for application to MIT-India itself and should address the following:
November 30 - April 15 for summer placement (rolling thereafter)
Internship assigned March 1 - April 30 for summer placement (rolling thereafter)
To see a list of some hosts that we have worked with in the past, go to the India section here.
Most internships take place over 8-12 weeks during the summer. However, internships are available year-round for up to 12 months. A few internships and research positions are available during IAP.
Open to MIT undergrads, graduating seniors and graduate students in all disciplines
4.0 or better
No language requirement
Undergrads: One class on South Asian politics, culture, history, or business.
Graduate students: No prerequisites
Program expenses covered (includes airfare, visa, and a stipend to cover food and accommodation)
Once matched with a host, students must attend MIT-India pre-departure seminars and meet with the program manager.
Future program topics may include:
Through MIT-India’s Resonance Initiative MIT & Harvard graduate students teach cutting-edge, interdisciplinary subjects led by MIT & Harvard faculty to the top Indian students during an intensive multi-week summer course in India.
This past summer, 25 highly talented students from across India were chosen following a highly competitive selection process to participate in a two-week immersion workshop that explored research topics in neuroscience.
The MIT-India Program was funded to host this workshop again in June 2014.
The Tata Center for Technology and Design focuses on the needs of resource-constrained communities in India, taking into account environmental, social, and political factors. A core principle is to be relevant to global societal challenges and needs. We link MIT to India and other parts of the developing world. Our goal is to train future generations of engineers and business leaders to build and apply this important new discipline. Ultimately, we hope to influence engineering and management education across the globe to more effectively invent and deploy technologies and systems solutions serving human needs.
The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) is a not-for-profit organization that works with cities worldwide to promote transport and urban development solutions that reduce traffic congestion, air pollution and greenhouse emissions while improving urban livability and economic opportunity. ITDP’s projects inspire cities towards environmentally and people-friendly transport systems. In India, ITDP has collaborated with cities such as Ahmedabad, Pune-Pimpri Chinchwad, and Chennai.
ITDP is looking for interns to become part of their multi-disciplinary, dedicated and passionate team of architects, urban designers, urban and transport planners, psychologists, computer and industrial engineers of a duration of ten to fifteen weeks. Interns will gain experience interacting with government agencies and civil organizations, conducting research, and implementing sustainable transport and urban development projects.
For more information about ITDP and to see what projects are available, please go here.
To apply, please contact ITDP directly per their instructions and let MIT-India know if you are accepted.
MIT-India has joined the Tata Social Internship Program along with the University of Cambridge, the University of California, Berkeley, and the London School of Economics to bring students from the world's leading universities together to promote sustainability, conduct research, and collaborate across cultures. Launched by the Tata Group in 2008, this innovative international student internship program offers students the opportunity to work on social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility projects within the diverse groups of industries of India's Tata Group companies.
Two projects are available to MIT students:
The Tata Group and MIT-India will arrange and provide to cover all living expenses and arrangements.
To apply: E-mail your cover letter, resume and a copy of your passport directly to MIT-India by March 30th.
Please note: If you are accepted, you will be required to attend a series of Pre-Departure Seminars through MIT-India on living and working in India. Your acceptance of a Tata Social Internship is conditional on your commitment to attend the orientation workshops.
Multiple internship opportunities available from KPIT Technologies Ltd., a multinational corporation, co-founded by MIT alum, is based in Pune.
“A thriving, vibrant metropolis, Pune is a centre of academia and business that epitomises ‘New India’ with its baffling mix of capitalism and spiritualism (ancient and modern).”
KPIT's primary focus is on product engineering, IT consulting services and technology, but they are seeking interns for a wide variety of projects pertaining to multiple fields, from autonomous vehicles to underground water table mapping.
To apply, please email us your cover letter and resume (include your email, phone number, & Skype address) as attachments to email@example.com with the email subject heading: KPIT Project Name
The Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) is seeking interns to work with them on a variety of goals this summer. CLIx is a collaboration between Tata Trusts, MIT and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, which was created to provide opportunities for young people from under-served communities to participate in quality education offerings through the meaningful integration of technology.
To apply, e-mail your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “CLIx”.
Internships are available with the following teams in Mumbai:
Curriculum design and development: The responsibilities of this role include the design and development of various subjects as well as production of multimedia and content for web.
Implementation: This internship involves the preparation of infrastructure and training for field teams in order to disseminate curriculums to schools.
TPD: This hands-on role involves training and supporting teachers in order to continue professional development.
Technology: The intern would work with the technology team to develop platforms, course content, research tools, among others.
Research: As part of the research team, the research intern work closely with various field teams and domain teams to plan and conduct specific studies, organize research seminars and publish of research work in a variety of fields.
Jana Care, a health technology/medical devices start-up based in Bangalore is seeking 2-3 interns for 10-12 week projects in the following fields:
Software Engineering: The internship would entail mobile development, web development or data analysis algorithm development for the various products around our phone connected medical device and diabetes coaching app. Technical skills required would be Android/iOS, HTML/JS and/or Python programming experience.
Electrical Engineering: The internship would entail working on cutting edge connected (IoT) medical devices for diabetic patients for monitoring blood parameters and medication adherence. Technical skills required would be digital electronics design and/or firmware development.
Biomedical Engineering / Chemistry: The internship would entail working on optimizing assays and overall system performance of a phone connected blood monitoring device. Skills required are a basic understanding of enzymatic chemical reactions and work experience in a wet lab.
If you are interested, please send your cover letter and resume to email@example.com with the subject “Jana Care Internship”.
Shell Technology Centre Bangalore is one Shell’s three global hubs for technology. It seeks to deliver advanced technical studies, projects and services for Shell around the world, while also supporting Shell’s interests in India. The services span upstream exploration and production activities as well as downstream chemical, gas and refinery operations.
For 2017, MIT India, MITEI, and Shell are currently offering 12 internship projects to qualified students. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to get project descriptions.
Ongoing internship opportunities are available at this medical technology startup based out of Bangalore.
Summer and year-long internships are available at Saathi, a social enterprise started by MIT and IIT alumni. Their goal is to provide low-cost and ecofriendly sanitary protection to rural Indian women.
Internships are available at ARISE Impact, India, a non-profit developing innovative mobile apps for under-served Indians.
For more information about the opportunities available at these organizations, please click here.
If interested in an internship with any of these organizations, please contact email@example.com with your resume and cover letter and include the host’s name as the e-mail subject.
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