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Student ProgramsMIT Lincoln Laboratory participates in a variety of programs through which students gain research experience or investigate career paths in engineering, technology, science, or math. Under some programs, students fulfill an academic requirement, while other programs support thesis work at specific universities or offer paid internships at the Laboratory. Many times, a student's experience at the Laboratory can evolve into post-graduation employment.

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University Cooperative Education (Co-op) Students

Lincoln Laboratory employs students from MIT, Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and other area colleges as full-time co-ops or part-time student technical assistants throughout the year. The program typically operates on a six-month cycle. Co-ops design and build prototypes, help solve real-world problems, assist in research activities, and test applications in the field.

The Co-op Program introduces students to careers in research and development, and provides them with professional experience. Highly qualified students selected as co-ops become significant contributors to Lincoln Laboratory project teams and are often invited to return for subsequent internships.

To view current co-op opportunities click here.

MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

Lincoln Laboratory is one of the centers with which undergraduates may partner under MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). UROP cultivates research partnerships between MIT undergraduates and faculty, offering students the chance to work on cutting-edge research and participate in each phase of standard research activity.

A UROP project may be done at any time during the academic year and/or summer and may take place in any academic department or laboratory. On average, the Laboratory hires seven new paid UROP interns during the summer and three during the academic year.

More information on this program is available on the program's website.

MIT VI-A Master of Engineering Thesis Program

Lincoln Laboratory is an industry partner of MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science VI-A Master of Engineering Thesis Program, which matches industry mentors with students in their junior year of study who have demonstrated excellent academic preparation and motivation.

The VI-A students selected to work at Lincoln Laboratory acquire experience in testing, design, development, research, programming, and project planning. Students in the VI-A program spend two summers as paid interns, participating in projects related to their fields. Then, the students move on to developing their master of engineering theses under the supervision of both Laboratory engineers and MIT faculty. Past projects have included research and development of micromotion technologies, biologically inspired matrix classification, radar tracking systems, and an Earth image simulation and tracking system.

MIT students interested in more information on the VI-A Master of Engineering Thesis Program should visit the program's website.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Major Qualifying Project Program

Lincoln Laboratory collaborates with Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in its Major Qualifying Project (MQP) program, which requires a student to complete an undergraduate project equivalent to a senior thesis. The MQP demonstrates the application of skills, methods, and knowledge to the solution of a problem representative of the type encountered in industry. MQP activities encompass research and development, as well as the practical application of principles and technology to real problems.

Students participating in the program spend nine weeks during the fall term working on their projects full-time at Lincoln Laboratory. Their work at the Laboratory culminates in thesis-like document detailing their MQP work, as well as a project presentation before their sponsors, WPI faculty, and the Laboratory community.

Students working at Lincoln Laboratory are typically majoring in aerospace engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering, or physics.

WPI students interested in doing an MQP at Lincoln Laboratory should contact the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division (IGSD) or Professor Ted Clancy in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at WPI for details on how to apply.