2023 MIT Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP) Summer Internship

Date: Mar 19, 2023

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

A UPOP summer internship at MIT Lincoln Laboratory will show you how professional research and critical thinking are done in real time, in real life. 


At MIT Lincoln Laboratory, diverse teams of technical experts develop innovative solutions with real impact on U.S. national security. If you are an agile thinker, excited by the freedom to develop and execute novel ideas and test them in sophisticated real-world simulations, Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA offers abundant opportunities and resources.


MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s mission is to apply science and advanced technology to solving challenging problems of U.S national security.  A Department of Defense federally funded research and development center, the Laboratory’s emphasis is building prototypes and demonstrating operation systems under live test conditions that meet real-world requirements. Candidates will have the opportunity to engage in research and development activities in 10 mission areas: space control; air, missile, & maritime defense technology; communication systems; cyber security and information sciences; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems technology; advanced technology (electronic or electro-optical technologies, biotechnology and chemistry); tactical systems; homeland protection; air traffic control; and engineering innovative systems to test new concepts. Not only will your UPOP internship experience enhance your understanding of your field of study; you will contribute meaningful research results.  For additional information about MIT Lincoln Laboratory and its mission areas, please visit www.ll.mit.edu.


When it comes to explaining our unique environment and culture, our employees say it best: 


"I find the work here significant because we are tackling real-world problems, and success means we're making the world a little bit better and safer." – Francesca Lettang, BS, MS, Active Optical Systems Group 


"At the end of the day, I know that the work that we do is literally changing the world and saving lives."   – Michael Watson, BS, MS, PhD, Homeland Protection Systems Group


"Working with top-notch staff on challenging problems keeps my learning curve steep and pushes me constantly to improve as an engineer."– Jessica Holland, BS, Advanced Sensors & Techniques Group 


"At Lincoln Laboratory, I’ve never been asked to do the same thing over and over again. I’m constantly working on new projects that present new challenges. I’m always developing my skill set." - Lisa Basile, BA, MA, Tactical Defense Systems Group



Candidates must be MIT sophomores working towards a BS degree in one of the following majors or comparable fields.  Candidates must also have met all the requirements to participate in MIT's Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP).


  • Electrical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  •  Biology/Biochemistry/Biology/Chemistry/Biotechnology
  • Materials Science



  • GPA of 4.0 or above
  • Demonstrated academic achievements and campus involved that have prepared you to interact with other top scholastic achievers and experience staff in teams and across project area.
  • Completion of all the MIT UPOP requirements.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required due to the unique work we do.


To Apply:

  • Please click the Submit button below.
  • Also, please apply to specific summer postings at www.ll.mit.edu/careers.  Type ‘Summer’ in the search window and hit search.  Please review and apply to specific undergraduate summer projects.  


Application Deadline: April 15, 2023.


Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.


To safeguard our health and well-being, MIT Lincoln Laboratory requires COVID-19 vaccination for all employees.  Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reason.


MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information.


U.S. citizenship is required.


Requisition ID: 39445 

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