Italy and MIT share the same birth year (1861) and a passion for innovating through rigorous abstract inquiry and ingenious craft. MIT’s motto “Mens et Manus” perfectly applies to the talent for integrative invention which has distinguished Italy since the Renaissance and still makes it one of the world’s largest makers and exporters. The MIT-Italy program enables MIT students and researchers to experience Italy’s genius for combining technology and culture, science and beauty, and gives our Italian partners access to MIT scientific imagination and problem solving skills.
Opportunities for MIT students include paid research stays at partner universities and labs; in -country faculty led workshops; internships at small and large companies; teaching at Italian high schools over IAP. The MIT-Italy seed funds support more than a dozen new collaborations a year between MIT-faculty and their counterparts at the Politecnico di Milano, the Universita’ di Pisa and the Universities and Research Institutions of the FVG region. To our Italian partners, we offer access to MIT “can do” culture through our students, the labs they come from and our expertise.
The MIT-Italy Program offers paid research and company internships to qualified undergraduates and graduate students in most academic fields.
Most internships take place in the summer and require a 8-10 weeks commitment. Some opportunities are also available at other times/longer periods.
Global Teaching Labs
The Global Teaching Lab Program sends MIT students to teach STEM subjects—with a strong emphasis on Physics—and DEBATE at Italian high schools for 3 weeks over IAP while living with a host family. Participants are placed at public schools—mostly located in small towns—teach individually for up to 20 hours a week under the supervision of a host teacher, and live with families chosen by the host school. All the teaching takes place in English, and is geared to emphasize experiential learning. In 2020, more than 70 students taught at 50 plus public schools.
Tentative dates for IAP 2022: January 7–January 29th.
Please be aware that the GTL 2022 program may be cancelled at any time due to Covid by the MIT-Italy Program or by our partner schools.
The MIT-Italy program promotes not for credit workshops that engage MIT and Italian faculty and students in hands-on research on globally relevant topics.
In summer 2022, we will replicate the 2 weeks Venice sustainability summer workshop held by MIT professors Paola Malanotte Rizzoli (EAPS), Andrew Whittle (CEE), and Mary-Anne Ocampo (DUSP) in collaboration with Venice IUAV Faculty. The workshop, which will take place in the Pellestrina island and will host approximately 25 MIT and IUAV students, is open to graduates and undergraduates from all backgrounds with an interest in economic, social, and environmental sustainability. Participation in the workshop may be combined with an internship before or afterwards depending on dates and opportunity availability.
Watch this video for more insights on the Venice sustainability workshop.
Read the MIT News article: Saving Venice MIT-style at Italian research camp in Pellestrina
For the Summer of 2022, we're hoping to offer a new workshop tentatively titled " Stitching together Italy's rural towns: disused railways infrastructure as a potential urban aggregator."Led by faculty and graduate students from the School of Architecture and DUSP, the workshop will focus on the role of infrastructure in fighting desertification and bringing about new forms of urban aggregation. Stay tuned and contact us if interested.
Application deadline November 1st and rolling afterwards. Pre-departure training and camp dates TBD.
Global Seed Funds for MIT-Italy
The MIT-Italy Program supports faculty collaboration with several partner institutions, with more than a dozen new projects being launched every year.
MIT–Unipisa collaboration with the Universita’di Pisa
The MIT-UNIPI Project supports about 4 new collaborations a year between MIT faculty and research scientists and their counterparts at Universita’ di Pisa.
Meet Your Program Co-Director
Get in touch with Serenella Sferza, MIT-Italy Co-Director, to get your questions answered.