Going Global: More MIT Students Go Abroad

by Nancy DuVergne Smith on December 4, 2014 · 0 comments

in Public Service

A D-Lab project in South Africa.

Aurimas Bakauskas ’15 uses a plastic bottle filled with a mixture of water and cleaning fluid as a makeshift light bulb to add to the roof of an otherwise pitch black shower structure. This D-Lab trip teamed MIT students with an NGO called Sharing to Learn to design a community center using available materials in Makuleke, South Africa. Submitted by Tiandra Ray ’15.

Each year the number of MIT undergraduate students participating in global opportunities is growing. In FY2014, participation jumped 18 percent with 967 undergraduate students engaging in 554 internship, 163 research, 136 study abroad, and 114 public service and service learning opportunities. The number jumped 16 percent the previous year. Some 42 percent of 2014 graduates reported completing a global experience.

The first stop for many study, work, service, and research gigs is a new MIT Global Education & Career Development website and an active Twitter feed. Other groups, from D-Lab to the Public Service Center, place students in dozens of countries as well. A recent photo contest gathered images of the diverse programs engaging MIT community members worldwide. See the contest winners on Facebook.

The MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) has expanded its own reach. MISTI matches students with fully-funded internship, research, and teaching opportunities in 19 countries and facilitates  international faculty collaborations and develop partnerships with leading companies, research institutes, and universities.

MISTI has internship offerings in 19 countries—find out about opportunities and read about student experiences in Notes from the Field.

In MISTI internship, Ola Kalinowska ‘16 helped analyze MRI data at ETH Zurich.

In a MISTI internship, Ola Kalinowska ‘16 helped analyze MRI data at ETH Zurich, one of Europe’s top research universities. In an MR imaging lab, she worked on a project to help make diffusion imaging ready for use in clinical practice. “In the picture, it’s me and the super-cool 1.5 T Phillips scanner that I used to get all the data!”


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