it begins with an idea

  • entrepreneurship  |  global research  |  making 

    At MIT, we’re committed to nurturing your curiosity and providing you with the resources to help you get started.

    Plus, we’ll put a little money in your pocket to help catapult your dreams into reality.
    Here's how:


    entrepreneurship @ MIT

    up to $25,000 in seed funding

    We believe in asking students to think big—with no prior experience required. As part of our commitment to innovation, every interested MIT student can request between $1,000 and $25,000 from the Sandbox Innovation Fund Program to explore taking a project from idea to impact. The program helps jump-start student ideas, provides dedicated mentoring from within MIT and committed partners, and delivers tailored educational experiences.

    MIT Sandbox is accessible to all students—and we make it easy for you to get funding. A one-page proposal gets you $1,000 in seed money. The program grows with you and your idea, offering total funding up to $25,000 (to those who progress to the highest levels) and provides connections to the broader MIT entrepreneurial ecosystem including the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship.

    In short, MIT Sandbox is an opportunity for real-world experience in moving your ideas into reality.

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    additional resources:
    The Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
    MIT Media Lab
    MIT innovation initiative
    Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program

    global @ MIT

    fully-funded global experiences

    The MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) is our pioneering international education program. MISTI matches students with tailored international learning experiences related to their course of study. Programs are designed to provide real-life work experience in leading companies and labs around the world.

    MISTI offers internships, Global Teaching Labs, Global Startup Labs, and more. They partner with hundreds of the world's leading companies, universities and research institutions, so you are sure to find an opportunity that is right for you. MISTI program managers will work closely with you to find a host and project aligned with your skills and interests.

    Before you go, you will attend MISTI Prep and Training sessions designed to help you make the most of your experience abroad. Visit MISTI’s program pages for complete information as preparation and language requirements vary. While abroad, you’ll learn first-hand what it’s like to experience 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.

    And the best part—MISTI covers airfare and living expenses for all its students. Where do you want to go?

    learn more:

    additional resources:
    MIT Global Education and Career Development
    MIT Energy Initiative (MITei)
    Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship

    research @ MIT

    undergraduate research is the norm

    At MIT, every student—freshman or senior, scientist or humanist—has the chance to work on cutting-edge projects through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

    Ninety percent of undergraduates participate in the UROP program (usually for pay, sometimes for academic credit), and more than half take part in four or more. “UROPing” follows a basic rule of thumb: if you want one, you can find one.

    You will work shoulder to shoulder with world-class faculty, research staff, and graduate students to solve problems that no one has ever solved before.

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    additional resources:
    Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program
    Beaver Works at Lincoln Lab
    Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT
    Student Resources

    making @ MIT

    spaces + tools + skills + community

    MIT has over 40 design/build/maker spaces on campus. In order to encourage making, we developed the MakerLodge program. Through MakerLodge, students get their own set of tools and learn new skills.

    Students are trained on introductory maker technology, including 3D printers, laser cutters, or glass working (to name just a few) and once trained, can access many of the spaces on campus to work on their own ideas or on projects with friends.

    MakerLodge will help you to succeed in your classes, projects, and research. And the best part is that you will become part of maker communities that have fun learning and making together.

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    additional resources:
    Maker Share
    Hobby Shop
    Edgerton Center