About

The Industry Immersion Projects (I2P) program is a flagship MechE Alliance program that provides current MIT MechE graduate students with a unique opportunity to participate in a short-to-medium term industry project. The I2P Program sustains connections between educators in academia and practitioners in industry while giving students invaluable experiencing tackling a project in industry.

Read more about student experience with I2P in a recent MIT News article!

Overview

The I2P Program provides graduate students an opportunity to work on a 3-to-6 month project with one of our participating industry partners. Each project will have both a company supervisor and an academic supervisor from MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. The I2P Program Faculty Director and other academic supervisors work with companies in designing projects that are beneficial to both the company and students.

Student Benefits

Students get real-world experience working for a company on a project that complements their academic experience. Projects are designed to prepare them for meaningful careers and provide them with an opportunity to engage with industry before graduation. The student remains enrolled at MIT during the industry project.

Through the I2P Program, students will develop skills that will be essential in their careers. The program is also set-up to encourage potential recruitment of students at participating companies.

Student feedback about their summer 2019 I2P experiences:

“By working on this project, I learned about a variety of instruments and metrics that can be used to quantify visual surface finish parameters.” – Sara Nagelberg, 3M I2P participant

“I learned not only valuable information from working with other professionals, but also the skills and approaches to asking more effective questions for research-oriented work.” - Katie Hahm, Amazon Robotics I2P participant

“I enjoyed being part of a very resourceful and talented R&D team. I hope to take back these real-world insights and technical learnings and put them to practice in my PhD work.” - Sai Nithin Reddy Kantareddy, Amazon Robotics I2P participant

“Through this internship, I was able to learn a lot about aircraft dynamics, aeroelasticity and the process of performing system identification on an aircraft,” - Abhishek Patkar - Systems Technology Inc. I2P participant

Students interested in participating in I2P should apply by Thursday, November 14th, 2019. If you have a connection with a company and would like to explore working with them through I2P, please indicate this in the application.

Students with questions about the program can contact the I2P team at meche.iip.admin@mit.edu.

Company Benefits

Participating I2P companies benefit from an MIT graduate student working on a goal oriented, short-to-medium term project. All intellectual property generated from the project will remain at the company. The I2P Program facilitates early identification and vetting of potential future employees.

Additionally, companies will have various recruiting and networking opportunities within the broader mechanical engineering community at MIT. The I2P Program will also foster connections and collaborations between industry and MIT MechE faculty and research staff.

Companies interested in participating in the I2P Program should contact:
Brian Anthony
Principal Research Scientist and I2P Program Faculty Director
banthony@mit.edu

2020 Projects

Below is a list of participating companies for 2020. Additional companies may be added. If students have had contact with a company not listed below, they are welcome to reach out to the Program Faculty Director to propose a project.

For an overview of the variety of opportunities offered through I2P, please visit see our example projects page.

Timeline

Graduate students interested in participating in the I2P Program are encouraged to attend an I2P Info Session on either Friday, September 27th, 2019 from 12:00-1:00pm in room 3-370 or Thursday, November 7th from 4:00-5:00pm in room 3-370.

Student applications for the I2P Program are due Thursday, November 14, 2019

Accepted I2P Program students will be notified of their placement no later than Friday, January 31, 2020.

Students will start working on their projects the first week of June 2020. Majority of projects will last 3 months. Exact start and end date will be determined on case-by-case basis.