2011 Summer Experience Survey Results

Ellen Stahl, Career Development Counselor, GECDC: Career Services

MIT Global Education & Career Development (GECD) is pleased to release the results of the 2011 Student Summer Experience Survey. This survey gathers information and data on what sophomores, juniors, and seniors did during the summer months before returning to campus in the fall of 2011.

What Did MIT Undergrads Students Do This Past Summer?

Paid Internship UROP Research Outside MIT Summer Paid Job Unpaid Internship Took Summer Off Other Plans Travel

50%
(714)

28%
(414)

7%
(105)

6%
(92)

5%
(67)

2%
(34)

1%
(15)

.7%
(11)

 Chart showing Summer Plan for MIT Undergrads

Classification N Response Rate
Sophomores 519 49%
Juniors 465 43%
Seniors 488 48%
Other 8  
Total 1,480  

 >>Click here to review the full survey results

The purpose of the Summer Experience Survey is to gather and provide information that can be used by students to enhance their knowledge with regards to identifying companies and laboratories who offer summer opportunities, information on salary ranges, length of most positions, locations, as well as serving as a tool for GECD to improve internship and research services and resources, and assist employers in developing and providing these valuable opportunities.

Internships and research experiences offer a valuable opportunity for students to explore various fields of interest, acquire new skills, and apply classroom knowledge to a practical setting. Employers consistently identify these types of experiential learning opportunities as one of their most effective methods for attracting and hiring new college graduates.