F/ASIP 2007 Summer Internships: Diverse, Expanding, Global

By Heather Bois Bruskin, Assistant Director, MIT Careers Office

Freshman/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) students had yet another highly successful year as they secured internships in a variety of internships around the world! F/ASIP continues to have a high success rate with our participating students finding the internship opportunities that they seek. This year 88% of the students who completed SP.800 were able to secure internships in their chosen fields; many of the students who did not obtain internships voluntarily chose other options such as classes or traveling. This is consistent with last year’s placement rate, perhaps reflecting our continued focus on individual student advising and added structure in the F/ASinternship search process.

Some of the organizations that hosted F/ASIP interns this summer include Amazon, Booz Allen Hamilton, Thomson West, NIH, Cytec Industries, Cummins, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Genentech and NASA. F/ASIP students are interning not just in the US but around the globe, teaching at high schools in China through the MIT-CETI program, interning with Bank of China in Beijing, international development work in India, and teaching information technology in Ethiopia.

In total, eighteen organizations posted internships with F/ASIP this year. Of these, eleven were first-time F/ASIP employers (including Apple, Pratt & Whitney, Bracebridge Capital and VMware) and seven returned to hire more F/ASIP interns after hosting our students in previous summers. Returning employers include International Broadcasting Bureau, Venture Development Corporation, Booz Allen Hamilton and Thomson West. Rachel Greenberg and Heather Bois Bruskin have been traveling across the country this summer visiting students at their internship sites; our students are flourishing, exploring their industries of interest while making valuable contributions to their organizations!

We are currently in the process of accepting applications for the 2007-08 class. Please encourage any interested incoming freshmen to contact fasip@mit.edu or visit http://web.mit.edu/fasip for more information. Space is still available in the program and completed applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until early September.