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Update August 17:

To learn more about MIT’s changes to the fall 2020 cost of attendance as well as the Covid-era grant, please see our 2020 financial support page and our expanded FAQ page. You can also read more about the evolving policies and other key questions related to MIT’s COVID-19 response.

For students: Working at MIT

All students, regardless of their financial need, may work during the academic year—and most of our students do. They work on campus in labs, department offices, and centers as well as in the community.

MIT students are able to pursue work opportunities that fit their interest areas and allow them to align these with their future aspirations. We collaborate with various on-campus offices, including the Office of Experiential Learning (OEL), the Office of Graduation Education (OGE), and Career Advising & Professional Development (CAPD).

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Any student can get an on-campus job. Student minimum wage is $12.75 an hour with most students making about $1,700 a semester. International students are limited to working 20 hours per week due to student-visa guidelines. Per federal regulations, students participating in a federal work-study program are not permitted to miss class time in order to perform their federal work-study duties.

Summer opportunities and resources

The Office of Experiential Learning (OEL) can help you find summer internships, research projects, graduate school application assistance, or social impact opportunities. Visit the Summer Resources and Opportunities page, where you will find a wide range of opportunities for current undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and recent alumni.

Research jobs

You can find a research job in almost any academic department or interdisciplinary laboratory through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). As a UROP student, you can receive academic credit, work on volunteer basis, or get paid for your research work.

Part-time and seasonal jobs

Off-campus, part-time, and seasonal jobs are posted daily on the jobs board.

Research and teaching assistantships

Graduate students are eligible to become RAs and TAs through their departments and most often receive a stipend. See the Office of Graduate Education (OGE) for more details on becoming a teaching assistant.

Public service jobs

Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center

The PKG Center connects students with a wide variety of public service projects in local, national, and global communities. Additional guidance on locating and signing up for paid social impact jobs and internships, offered via the MIT Handshake platform, can be found on the Social Impact Employment page.

Community Service Work-Study Program

Undergraduate and graduate work-study students get paid for working at a nonprofit, public, or community-based agency. Per federal regulations, students participating in a federal work-study program are not permitted to miss class time in order to perform their federal work-study duties.

Career Advising and Professional Development

Whether you’re a first year looking for your first internship, a postdoc launching your career, or anywhere in between, Career Advising and Professional Development (CAPD) will partner with you. They can help you find full-time, professional opportunities, polish your application, and interview to impress.