The Carroll L. Wilson Fund supports MISTI internships focusing on challenges in energy, health, technology, the environment, sustainability and science intended to make a tangible and transformative impact in society.

Carroll Wilson Internship Fund FlyerThe fund honors the legacy of the late MIT professor Carroll L. Wilson who, throughout his career, sought solutions to important global problems through the application of scientific, engineering, economic, and political analysis to programs of action. The underlying goal of his work was the improvement of relations among countries and the strengthening of their institutions and people. The Carroll L. Wilson fund embraces and celebrates these principles.

Student application process

Interested students must be eligible for and apply through a MISTI internship program by March 15 for internships beginning in June (rolling deadline thereafter). Contact MISTI or one of our program managers directly for more information on applying to a MISTI program. Selected students must meet all MISTI program requirements and attend required training.


Selection criteria

Students will be selected according to the following criteria:

- They are creative self-starters who are focused on applied work that is intended to address important real-world problems.

- MISTI will prioritize longer internships over shorter internships but will still consider summer internships.

- The planned internship would likely not be possible without this funding.

Carroll L. Wilson Internship Alumni

As recipients of a CLW Internship, students enter the Carroll L. Wilson Circle, an inter-generational community of exceptional scholars, intellectuals and business entrepreneurs united around the concerns for global sustainability, as espoused by the late Carroll L. Wilson. Internship alumni engage in regular activities of the Circle, including meeting and mentoring future CLW Interns, being present at the annual recognition dinner, attending periodic interdisciplinary conferences organized by the Circle and collaborating with peers to advance concern for issues of global sustainability.

About Carroll L. Wilson

Carroll L. Wilson ('32) was a Professor of Management at the Sloan School and the first Mitsui Professor in Problems of Contemporary Technology at MIT. His career encompassed a number of academic, government, and industrial positions ranging from Assistant to the President of MIT to first General Manager of the Atomic Energy Commission.

Among Wilson’s many accomplishments was the establishment of the MIT African Fellows Program (1960-1967) and the MIT Fellows in Latin America Program (1965-1967), which allowed talented MIT graduates to partner with and assist emerging independent nations by working directly in their governmental agencies. A 1987 report pays tribute to his life's work.

The Carroll L. Wilson Fund has been funded by corporate contributions and by colleagues and friends of the late Professor Wilson from all over the world. Visit MIT’s giving site to make a gift to the Carroll L. Wilson (1932) Prize Fund.