Frequently Asked Questions
About The Hiring Process
Are non-U.S. citizens eligible for employment at
MIT Lincoln Laboratory?
MIT Lincoln Laboratory?
No. All employees at MIT Lincoln Laboratory are required to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
May I send in my resume without applying for a specific job?
Yes, you can submit your resume and create a candidate profile without applying for a specific job. To do this, click Create an Account. Once you have created an account, upload your resume under the My Documents tab and complete the required fields under the Profile Information tab.
How can I confirm that my application was received?
After applying, click on the Jobs Applied tab under your candidate profile, all jobs that you applied to will be listed under the Jobs Applied tab.
When can I expect to hear back from MIT Lincoln Laboratory?
When you apply online, you will see a confirmation message that your application materials have been received. Please know that we receive resumes from many qualified applicants. You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your profile and going to Job Management.
To whom should I address my cover letter?
It is not necessary to address a cover letter to a specific individual. “To whom it may concern” is sufficient.
May I email my resume or submit a hard copy rather than applying online?
No. As a federal contractor, we're required to collect certain information for all applicants. To be considered for a position at MIT, you must apply through the online system. If you are experiencing difficulties applying, please see Technical Support below. If you are a job seeker with a disability and require an accommodation to apply for one of our jobs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-981-7066 and ask for the Recruiting Department.
What does my application status mean?
Here are different application statuses that you might see:
- Resume Received: your application is in the system and awaiting review
- Pending: your application is being considered
- Not Selected: your application is no longer being considered
- Filled: the job has been filled
- Cancelled: the job opening no longer exists
- On Hold: resumes for the job are not actively being reviewed at this time
How do I apply for an on-campus interview?
To see if Lincoln Laboratory recruiters will be visiting your campus and to apply for an on-campus interview, go to http://careers.ll.mit.edu:
- Type your school name in Search Jobs and hit return.
- Select your campus from the answer set and apply from there.
- In addition to applying for a campus interview, we encourage you to apply to full-time positions, summer internships, or co-op opportunities.
About Our Job Postings
If a job was posted a few months ago and remains on the website, is it really still open?
Yes. If a job is listed on our website, it is considered open and resumes are still being accepted. Please be aware some jobs take longer to fill than others and may remain open for longer periods of time.
I saw a MIT LL job posted someplace else, but it doesn’t appear in the search results on the website. Does it exist?
If a job is not on the MIT Lincoln Laboratory website, either new applications are no longer being accepted or the job has been filled. However, be sure to search for the job title and/or department and not just the job number listed on a third party website.
I am a Job Seeker with a disability and need assistance to apply for a job. How do I request an accommodation?
If you are a job seeker with a disability and require an accommodation to apply for one of our jobs, please contact the Human Resources Department at 781-981-7066 and ask for the Recruiting Department. You may also contact us by e-mail to RecruitingDept@ll.mit.edu.