Frequently Asked Questions

 currently attend MIT. Can I still apply?
Unfortunately not. The Summer Internship Program is funded by NSF and supports non-MIT undergraduates who will be visiting MIT for the summer. 

MIT students are however, eligible for NSF REU programs at other institutions. 

MIT students interested in an exciting, challenging research opportunity on campus during the summer should consider MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Approximately 80% of undergraduates participate at least once during their time at MIT.

Do I have to be a US Citizen to be eligible for the program?
Yes, this is an NSF REU supported program and you must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

What are the dates of the next session?
From June 9 - August 13, 2021

How much does it pay?
There's a $5000 stipend.

Will you pay for my travel?
The 9-week Undergraduate Research Program is currently planned to be hosted virtually in Summer 2021. If circumstances change and the program can transition to on-campus, additional support will be available for housing and reasonable travel costs.

When do I find out what project I'll be working on or what projects are available?
We want students to come into the program with an open mind to the possibility of trying new things, so we don't reveal what projects are going to be available until the first week of the program. During that first week, you will hear from several faculty members about their projects. Only then, at the end of the first week, will you be asked to decide which project you'd like to work on.

OK, I'm interested. Now what?
First, you'll need to be a permanent resident or U.S. citizen, and entering your junior or senior year in Sept. 2021. Then, fill out our the on-line application. Submit your transcripts and letters of recommendation by the due date to be considered. You will be notified soon after April 1, 2021 if you've been accepted into the program. 

What kind of transcripts do you accept?
Official transcripts are required! We will not accept copies of transcripts or transcripts printed from your student account. Transcripts will be considered official if they have been given to you directly from your school and if they have the schools seal on them, are on the schools letterhead or say "transcript released to student". If the word "Unofficial" appears anywhere on the transcript, then it is not Official. You can upload a scanned copy of your transcript. If we require the original transcripts, we will ask for them at a later date. Make sure your entire application, including all transcripts and recommendation letters, is complete by the March 15, 2021 deadline. 

When will I be notified if I've been accepted into the program?
Applicants selected to participate in the Summer Internship Program will be notified by phone or email within a few days of April 1, 2021. All others will be notified by e-mail. 

How will I know if you've received all my information?
Once your application is complete, you will receive an email confirming that we've received all of your transcripts and letters of recommendation. However, you can login to the application system ( to check your application status at any point in time.

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