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

MIT-Netherlands matches students with leading companies, research labs, and universities in the Netherlands.


  • Mandatory Pre-Departure Preparation
  • Minimum GPA of 4.0
  • 1 letter of recommendation 
  • Relevant experience (completed UROPs, internships, etc.)
  • Study of Dutch language encouraged (we recommend Introduction to Dutch on FutureLearn)
    • As of 2023, we accept German I
  • Completion of a Dutch or European culture class

17.156 Welfare and Capitalism in Western Europe

17.389 Education, Inequality, and Politics

17.401 History of International Politics in the Modern World

17.561 European Politics

21G.019 Communicating Across Cultures

21G.058/21G.418/21A.132[J] Race and Migration in Europe

21H.133 The Medieval World

21H.141 Renaissance to Revolution: Europe, 1300-1800

21H.143[J] The "Making" of Modern Europe: 1789-Present

Coursera:  Understanding Europe Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You

Futurelearn: Introduction to Dutch Introduction to Dutch


The following is a general schedule for our program:

  • Informational meetings are available year-round. Contact program lead to schedule
  • Complete the MISTI Launchpad Application – By December 1st, rolling thereafter 
  • Schedule official Interview with Country Program Manager – September to March 1 (Schedule interview as soon as MISTI Launchpad Application is complete by deadline)
  • Commit to MIT-Netherlands Program – Latest By March 15th
  • Once approved, complete the County-Specific Application – April 1 at the absolute latest
  • Internship matching process – September to April 15, rolling thereafter
  • Mandatory Pre-Departure Sessions – Mid-April to late May
  • September 1 – Complete internship report

How to Apply

The Dutch Startups Internship program offers students an exciting opportunity to work with innovative new Dutch startups!

Our Pitch Day event will be on on Friday, January 26, 2024 via Zoom. More info to come.


Informational meetings are available year-round. Contact program lead to schedule.

  • Complete the MISTI Launchpad Application – By December 1st, rolling thereafter through February 15
  • Schedule official Interview with Country Program Manager – September to February 15 (Schedule interview as soon as MISTI Launchpad Application is complete)
  • Attend the “Match Day” online event, in which Dutch startups pitch their internships to you – January 27, 2023 [or watch video after event]
  • Apply through MISTI to participating startup(s) by February 6
  • Startup matching process & commitment to startup internship through March 1
  • Pre-departure preparations & mandatory trainings – April and May 2022
  • Startup internship in the Netherlands – Summer 2023, minimum 10 weeks (12 strongly preferred)
  • September 1 – Complete internship report


Additional opportunities to research and study in the Netherlands.  Open to grad students, postdocs, faculty, and more.

More information for the 2021-2022 application cycle.



In the MISTI Global Classroom: Amsterdam, MIT students will have a unique opportunity to hear from experts in the Netherlands working in the construction and design industry, in public departments, and research institutes. But more than a traditional lecture-based approach, this Global Classroom will also promote a hands-on approach in which students will work with MIT and AMS Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions researchers to address the decarbonization of the construction industry. Interspersed with lectures, participants will learn how to create a network of mobile sensors to quantify the impact of construction sites on CO2/NOx emissions, learn techniques to map these emissions in Amsterdam, engage with local partners and researchers to understand the economic, social, and environmental implications of these emissions, and propose interventions to work towards a reduction in emissions from these sites. 

The following learning outcomes are:

  • Know how Dutch cities, in particular Amsterdam, are working towards decarbonization, covering design, technology, and policies.
  • Describe how Dutch culture informs the country’s urban planning and policies
  • Know how to collect emission data, by fabricating and designing a mobile sensor, and how to analyze the data and identify problematic areas in Amsterdam. 
  • Develop an understanding of how air pollution can affect the urban environment in extreme ways. 
  • Work together with stakeholders to design solutions based on scientific evidence and data.
  • Propose design and policy interventions aiming at decarbonizing cities, in particular focusing on the construction industry.

The MISTI Global Classroom: Amsterdam will be hosted by the AMS Institute in Amsterdam. Students must spend the entire period in Amsterdam, between January 8 and 23, 2023, and be involved in all activities. Expenses with travel (Boston-Amsterdam-Boston), housing (double rooms), regular meals and ground transportation in Amsterdam will be covered by MISTI.

All participants will be required to attend two mandatory pre-departure training sessions on campus in E40-496:

  • Tuesday, November 15, 7-9 PM 
  • Thursday, November 17, 7-9 PM

Students interested should apply via the MISTI portal (applymisti.mit.edu), which includes submitting a resume, an unofficial transcript, and a short statement of interest (“Why are you interested in this Global Classroom, and how will it fit into your career?” Up to 250 words). Pre-selected students will be contacted for a 10-minute interview between November 1 and 7, 2022.

Applications Open: October 5

Application Deadline: October 26

Apply Here

An Exciting Match for MIT Talent

Students sit in a classroom participating in a training for Netherlands internships

Further your career

Are you considering interning at an innovative startup, a pioneering research institute, or a global company to further your career? Known for its innovation and collaboration, consider the Netherlands.

Meet Your Program Manager

Headshot of Justin Leahey

Get in touch with Justin Leahey, Managing Director for MIT-Netherlands, or with Abby MacKenzie, MIT-Netherlands Program Assistant, for more information.