Since its inception more than a decade ago, the mission of the MIT-Brazil program has evolved. Our focus for the second decade of the program is to maintain and strengthen the ties developed between MIT and Brazil through existing and new outgoing (MISTI/ MIT to Brazil) and incoming (Brazil to MIT) programs.

We are driven by the belief that it is through the connection of talented individuals and their exposure to different points of view via hands-on projects that creative and sustainable solutions emerge to address the scientific, technological, environmental, social, economic, and institutional challenges confronting the twenty-first-century world. The MIT-Brazil program constantly seeks to foster valuable and long-lasting partnerships with leading Brazilian organizations (companies, research institutes, universities, startups, government agencies), grounded in the educational exchange made possible through research, teaching, career development activities as well as innovation and entrepreneurship joint initiatives.

Through the MISTI program, MIT-Brazil matches MIT undergraduate and graduate students with projects in Brazil as part of the MIT Global Classroom, MIT Global Teaching Labs, and a variety of internship opportunities—both in industry and in university research labs. Spanning from areas as diverse as biotechnology and civil engineering to artificial intelligence and management, MIT students experience one-of-a-kind opportunities to expand their horizons by experiencing Brazilian culture while closely collaborating with supervisors, colleagues and students on a socially, scientifically, economically and/ or technologically relevant project. 


Program Opportunities


MISTI’s award-winning international internship program provides a one-of-a-kind, world-class experience for MIT students: the opportunity to gain real-life work experience in leading organizations around the world. Best of all, all expenses are paid, including airfare.

MIT-Brazil works with an existing network of host companies across all sectors, and also helps students find and secure opportunities outside of our existing network. Internships typically last from 10-12 weeks during the summer, though longer placements can also be arranged. Key sectors include: computer science and artificial intelligence, biotech, pharma, life sciences, fintech and financial services, materials science and engineering, design, architecture, and sustainability. 

  • Mandatory pre-departure training on Brazilian culture, travel logistics, health and safety
  • Minimum GPA of 4.0
  • A UROP or other relevant professional experience (internships, work experience).
  • A culture course and participation in other MIT-Brazil campus events is strongly encouraged
  • Spots for first year students are extremely limited. First year students are encouraged to delay applying to the program until their sophomore year.

LANGUAGE - Undergraduates: 2-4 semesters Portuguese language courses OR equivalent proficiency. We also encourage MIT students who are proficient in Spanish to apply (it is easier to learn Portuguese). The language can be waived (placement with specific Brazilian hosts/ internship opportunities).
Graduate students: Language requirement waived, depending on available internships

Check out Portuguese language courses at MIT

  • Informational meetings are available year-round. Contact program lead to schedule.
  • Complete the MISTI Launchpad Application – By December 1st, rolling thereafter until February 15th.
  • Schedule official Interview with Brazil Program Director – September to February 15th (Schedule interview as soon as MISTI Launchpad Application is complete)
  • After Launchpad process, notify program staff by email you wish to complete the Brazil-Specific Application
  • Internship matching process – October to March
  • Mandatory Pre-Departure Sessions – Mid-April to Late May, and MIT-Brazil campus events encouraged throughout the year for further enrichment.
  • Begin Internship – Late May / Early June
  • End Internship – Mid-Late August

How to Apply

Global Teaching Labs

Learn through teaching. GTL challenges MIT students to synthesize and present what they know, work in a team, and communicate with peers of a different cultural background, all while sharing MIT's unique approach to science and engineering education with high school students around the world. GTLs are often thematic and offered in several country options per IAP.

GTLs in Brazil mostly take place during Brazil's summer (MIT's IAP), while schools are not in session. Brazil Teaching Labs often thematic and designed as week-long workshops. Some workshops may be run during June-August. For IAP 2024/ Summer 2024 we are looking for MIT students who want to share their love for learning with Brazilian low-income high schoolers. This year's workshops are:

- "Polymers of Soccer" (multiple one-week long sessions). Students need to arrive in Brazil by January 6. Programs will run from Jan 8- 26 2024 in multiple cities.

- "Build-a-thon of a Rover" (one three week-long session) in Brazil's semi-arid region. *This will take place during Summer 2024*

Minimum GPA of 4.0 and willing to fully commit to a challenging teaching project.

We are looking for students who are:

- Passionate about teaching/learning and ability to excite about STEAM+Design concepts (with or without prior teaching experience) both in front of classroom and 1-on-1;

- Ready to commit full-time to host and project during IAP and spend several hours/week during semester from Oct. to Dec. to develop workshops;

- Able to lead and manage groups of 10-15 students, as well as guide and mentor individually;

- Adaptable (you will be part of a diverse team and will work and live in a new culture);

- Interested in participating in MIT-Brazil GTL for 2 consecutive years (a commitment is highly valued)

- Experienced in teaching beginner-level English speakers (highly valued for select placements).


For Jan 2024 we will require intermediate knowledge of Portuguese, since the MIT students will need to work with Brazilian high schoolers who are not proficient. (Check out Portuguese Language taught at MIT)

If you are Brazilian and would like to be part of a GTL team, please email mit-brazil [at] (mit-brazil[at]mit[dot]edu)


Projects run about 3-4 weeks in January, starting on the first day of IAP and ending the Friday before the first day of classes.

From the time your candidacy is accepted until you arrive in Brazil in January, your team will meet frequently. You will also work independently to brainstorm ideas, prepare lesson plans, and procure and test materials. Teams will also coordinate with in-country partners and host school teachers via phone, Zoom, etc. You also must commit to attending 3-4 training sessions in October/November on teaching skills and Brazilian culture and education.


We've got you covered for all necessities: airfare, housing, and stipend for basic living expenses.


  • Oct: Pre-selected students are invited to interview shortly after application deadline.
  • Nov - Dec: Students selected to participate will attend pre-departure trainings.
  • Jan: Most GTL programs take place during the last three weeks.
  • Feb: Students attend a mandatory re-entry session upon return.

Global Classroom

MISTI Global Classrooms are short-term—usually 2- to 3-week—opportunities to learn abroad alongside MIT faculty. Programs take place over IAP or in the summer and may be credit-bearing or non-credit-bearing. Some Global Classrooms focus on grand challenges such as climate, sustainability and health, while others explore culture and society. In all cases, the Global Classroom location is critical to the learning experience.

MISTI Global Classroom: Brazil

10.496/1.096: Design of Sustainable Polymer Systems in the Amazon - Manaus, Brazil

Contact: Rosabelli Coelho (rlck [at] (rmit-brazil[at]mit[dot]edu)

WGS.247: Race, Place, and Modernity in the Americas - São Paulo, Brazil

Contact: Lecturer Joaquin Terrones (jsterron [at] (jsterron[at]mit[dot]edu))

21G.S07: Language Conversation and Brazilian Culture - São Paulo, Brazil

Contact: Lecturer Nilma Dominique (nilmad [at] (nilmad[at]mit[dot]edu))

  • Global Classroom Application
  • Interview of selected students
  • Minimum GPA of 4.0
  • Mandatory pre-departure training on Brazilian culture, travel logistics, health and safety
  • Encouraged to attend all MIT-Brazil events.

Application opens: September 27, 2023

Application deadline: October 9, 2023, 11:59 PM ET

Global Seed Funds for MIT-Brazil

MIT-Brazil promotes collaboration and joint research projects between MIT faculty and researchers in Brazil through the MIT-Brazil Seed Funds, part of the MIT Global Seed Funds. The engagement in these joint, faculty-led programs bring together students, academics, engineers, policymakers, and entrepreneurs from MIT and Brazil. In line with MIT’s mission to develop in each member of the community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind, we hope to continue expanding the opportunities for further collaboration and research while reducing the gaps between Brazil and MIT. Since 2010 the past Brazil funds supported more than 80 faculty grants.

Vila flutuante near Manaus

MIT-Brazil Amazonia Seed Fund

A new seed fund is launched Fall 2023, in partnership with Amazonia 2030, to support early-stage collaboration between Brazil and MIT. Joint teams from MIT and Brazilian universities, research institutes, NGOs and other entities are now invited to submit their proposals focusing on relevant aspects of the Brazilian Amazonian region, and its cities, environment, culture, or communities. For more information

Scratch Conference
Prof Ben Schneider and Brazilian Seed Fund collaborators during 2018 workshop on the MIT campus_2

MIT-Brazil Lemann Seed Fund

The MIT-Brazil Lemann Seed Fund supports new collaborations between faculty and research scientists at MIT and their counterparts in Brazil. Projects will focus on education policy, educational technology and educational reform.

Renewable Energy Internships in Rio de Janeiro

MIT-Brazil Brochure

Creating Scientific, Intellectual and Cultural bridges between MIT and Brazil

Meet the Director

Students & Rosa

Get in touch with Rosabelli Coelho, Managing Director for MIT-Brazil, to get your questions answered.