Israel provides an exciting environment for MIT students who are looking to be immersed in a face-paced, entrepreneurial culture. Program participants will return to campus with a strong network of professional connections, new perspectives, and vital skills to thrive in our increasingly globalized world. 

Program Opportunities

Internships

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 companies and labs around the world. Best of all, all expenses are paid, including airfare.

The MIT-Israel program matches students and recent graduates with internships and research at leading companies, research labs and universities in Israel. Internships are fully funded and typically last from 3 to 12 months.

  • Open to MIT undergraduate and graduate students, and recent alumni
  • Students must have a minimum of 4.0 GPA
  • Students must participate in mandatory trainings and 8 hours of Hebrew lessons (organized by MIT-Israel)

 

    Undergraduate students must take one required course on Israeli history and culture during the fall, IAP or spring before departure.

    Course Offerings:

    17.567: Israel: History, Politics, Culture, and Identity (UG) - IAP

    15.364 Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Lab (REAL) (UG,G)-Spring

    15.248 Israel Lab: Startup Nation's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecosystem (UG and G)-Fall, IAP

    21H.161 The Modern Middle East (UG)-Spring

    21H.263[J] Women and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa (UG)-Spring

    21H.160 Islam, the Middle East, and the West (UG)-Fall

    21H.260: Cities in the Middle East: History, Politics and Society (UG)-Fall

    21H.365: Minorities and Majorities in the Middle East (UG)-Spring

    21H.262: Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (UG)-Spring

    3.993 Archeology of the Middle East (UG)-Spring

    No course requirement, but a culture course is recommended.

    Applications for Summer 2022 can be found on the MISTI Portal. First begin by filling out your Launchpad Applicaiton.

    • Complete the MISTI Launchpad Application – Nov 1, 2021
    • Interview with Country Program Coordinator* (as soon as MISTI Launchpad Application is complete)– Oct 1, 2021- Nov 24, 2021 
    • Notification of acceptance into MIT-Israel Program- By Dec 3, 2021
    • Commit to MIT-Israel Program – By Dec 9, 2021
    • Once approved, complete the County-Specific Application – Jan 1, 2022 Program Coordinator begins to explore potential hosts once complete.
    • Internship matching process – January to March
    • Mandatory Pre-Departure Sessions – Late March to Early May

    *Click here to schedule a time to interview with Rachel Buonaiuto, Program Coordinator.

    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.

    The MISTI Global Teaching Labs offers a unique opportunity for MIT students to teach STEM subjects and Entrepreneurship & Leadership Seminars in Israel.

    • Open to MIT undergrads, graduating seniors, and graduate students in all disciplines.
    • GPA 4.0+
    • Prior teaching experience or teaching interest
    • No language requirement
    • Hebrew and Arabic speakers are highly encouraged to apply

    To prepare, students will learn Hebrew with a tutor for 6 hours

    • 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.

    How to Apply

    Global Seed Funds

    MIT-Israel seed funds support new collaborations between faculty and research scientists at MIT and their counterparts. The Selection Board has the discretion to access, reassign, and potentially award applications submitted to one fund through another fund. Learn more.

    Through an annual call for proposals, the fund primarily supports travel costs for exchange between a team at MIT and colleagues in universities in Israel. The newly launched MIT- Israel Zuckerman STEM Fund is open to MIT faculty from all disciplines to collaborate with Israeli faculty at one of the following Institutions: Bar-Ilan University; Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Technion - Israel Institute of Technology; Tel Aviv University; University of Haifa; and the Weizmann Institute of Science. The Israeli colleague(s) must be identified and at least one MIT PhD student must be included in the proposal.

     All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application, and evaluation procedures apply.

    The MIT-Israel Broshy Brain and Cognitive Sciences Fund is open to MIT faculty from all disciplines to collaborate with Israeli faculty at all universities and public research institutions in Israel. Applications are required to have a focus on brain and cognitive sciences: the mechanisms of the brain and how they give rise to the mind, in fields including cellular and molecular neuroscience, systems neuroscience, cognitive science, and computation.

     All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application, and evaluation procedures apply.

     

    Through an annual call for proposals, the fund promotes the exchange between faculty and students at MIT and at universities and public research institutions in Israel.

    Proposals will fit within Lockheed Martin’s Global Strategy to promote international, collaborative research focused on but not limited to:

    • Autonomy and Robotics
    • Sensor Technology and Exploitation
    • Signal Processing and Communications
    • Data Analytics
    • Materials and Manufacturing
    • Advanced Electronics
    • Human Systems Training
    • Energy and Power

     All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application, and evaluation procedures apply.

    Global Seed Funds for MIT-Israel

    MISTI's Global Seed Funds program supports MIT's global engagement by promoting collaborations between MIT faculty and researchers and their counterparts in Israel.

    Zuckerman Seed Fund meeting

    MIT-Israel Zuckerman STEM Fund

    MIT- Israel Zuckerman STEM Fund is open to MIT faculty from all disciplines to collaborate with Israeli faculty at one of the following Institutions: Bar-Ilan University; Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Technion - Israel Institute of Technology; Tel Aviv University; University of Haifa; and the Weizmann Institute of Science. 

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    The MIT-Israel Lockheed Martin Seed Fund

    Through an annual call for proposals, the fund promotes the exchange between faculty and students at MIT and at universities and public research institutions in Israel. This year, special priority will be given to proposals that address Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning and Autonomy & Robotics.

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    The MIT-Israel Broshy Brain and Cognitive Sciences Fund

    The MIT-Israel Broshy Brain and Cognitive Sciences Fund is open to MIT faculty from all disciplines to collaborate with Israeli faculty at all universities and public research institutions in Israel. Applications are required to have a focus on brain and cognitive sciences: the mechanisms of the brain and how they give rise to the mind, in fields including cellular and molecular neuroscience, systems neuroscience, cognitive science, and computation

    Host an MIT Intern

    Host companies and labs provide students with pivotal personal and professional experiences. Many organizations report that MIT students bring fresh perspectives, new knowledge and invigorating enthusiasm to these environments.

    Israel Hosts

    Meet the Managing Director

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    Get in touch with David Dolev, Managing Director, MISTI programs in the Middle East, Associate Director of MISTI, to get your questions answered.

    Meet the Program Coordinator

    Rachel Buonaiuto, Program Coordinator, MIT Israel

    Get in touch with Rachel Buonaiuto to get your questions answered.

    Annual Reports:

    Past annual reports for MIT-Israel. 

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