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.


What it is

Internships abroad in companies and research labs


Expenses are covered, including stipend and airfare


From 3 to 12 months


Open to all MIT students: undergraduates, graduate students and graduating students

Please note that graduating students must be accepted into a MISTI program prior to graduation and must depart for their trip within 90 days of commencement.

Areas of interest

Opportunities in every major

When to go

Most students go during the summer, but internships are available year-round

How it works

First, answer one simple question: Where do you want to go?

MISTI has internship offerings in over 25 countries. Interested in robotics? Maybe Japan is your answer. Fluent in Spanish? Discover Chile, Mexico or Spain. Want to do energy research? The possibilities are limitless.

  • Explore MISTI's internship programs by location, language or area of interest.
  • Visit Notes from the Field to learn about what other students have done through MISTI.
  • Attend one of our fall recruitment events, or come to MISTI's Open Office Hours on Wednesdays 2-4pm and Thursdays 10am-noon at E40-417 to learn more.

Once you’ve decided which country you’d like to intern in, make sure you meet the language and course requirements for that program. Then apply. For summer internships, most application deadlines are in the fall.

Tailored matching

MISTI program managers will work closely with you to find a host and project aligned with your skills and interests. We work closely with hundreds of the world's leading companies, universities and research institutions. Once you're matched with an internship, MISTI will work with you to insure all of the logistical (housing, travel) and administrative (visa, stipend) arrangements are made.

Get prepared

Before your internship, you’ll attend MISTI Prep and Training sessions designed to help you make the most of your experience abroad. During your internship, you’ll learn first-hand what it’s like to confront cultural differences and complete a project in an international work environment. Upon return, you’ll attend a MISTI re-entry session to reflect on and share what you’ve learned.

Program requirements

Internship program requirements vary by program. Visit our program pages for complete information.

For undergraduates, most MISTI countries require:

  • Proficiency in the language of the host country
    Two years of university-level language courses or the equivalent
  • One for-credit course on the culture, politics or history of the host country
  • Good academic standing at MIT (4.0 or better)
  • Completion of pre-departure prep and training sessions

For graduate students, the language and course pre-requisites are recommended but not required except for Japan so please check MIT-Japan Program's website.


Please note that graduating students must be accepted into a MISTI program prior to graduation and must depart for their trip within 90 days of commencement.