The philosophy of the MIT-South Africa Program is to create meaningful connections between MIT and South Africa. The greatest currency of MIT to make these connections is our students, through placements in industry, research and educational institutions across South Africa.

MIT students are problem-solvers - this is embedded in them from their first day at MIT. Therefore, an outstanding way to harness the potential of our collaboration is to focus an intern on a problem you face, or a  developing program which requires some innovative thinking or a fresh  perspective. South African hosts benefit by cultivating a globalized work environment which leads to cross-pollination of ideas and new technical capacity. These are critical for innovation and have the goal of promoting economic development both for the host and for South Africa at large.

In turn, MIT students learn from their host and South African colleagues and are transformed by their experience. You can read more about MIT interns and their respective hosts around the globe here.


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Please contact the program coordinator for more information
Managing Director

Featured Partners

South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, operates from Johannesburg, South Africa, to 38 destinations worldwide. South African Airways is the official airline of MIT-South Africa.
EMSS Consulting provides products and services for the establishment and maintenance of RF safety compliance at mobile network sites.
Wits, a world-class research university in Africa, is renowned for its commitment to academic and research excellence. It contributes to the global knowledge economy and local transformation through the generation of high level, scarce skills and innovative research.
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Schools Enrichment Programme (AIMSSEC) is a not-for-profit organisation providing professional development courses for mathematics teachers, subject advisers and field trainers in South Africa, introducing new mathematics teaching skills, improving subject knowledge and empowering teachers from disadvantaged rural and township communities.
Praekelt Foundation is an incubator for mobile technology which improves the health and well-being of people living in poverty.
Education systems are challenged in a world of constant change and life-long learning. Formula D interactive strives to be at the forefront of technology firms providing innovative concepts and products that make education and knowledge communication effective and affirming, intelligent and adaptable, as well as non-exclusive and accessible to all.
The Ragon Institute has a dual mission: to contribute to the accelerated discovery of an HIV/AIDS vaccine and to establish itself as a world leader in the collaborative study of immunology.
IMES aims to accelerate innovation across a spectrum of activities that span discovery, design, and delivery of new medical devices and products