Internships for Ukraine

In-person, virtual, and teaching internships engage MIT students in working remotely with Ukrainian ventures, NGOs, governmental agencies, and university researchers. Currently, students are working with Ukrainian businesses, the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science, and NGOs involved in aid logistics, education, scholar support, economic resilience and refugee housing. Internships take place either remotely or in countries that have significant Ukraine-related aid and recovery efforts.

MIT-Ukraine has organized 15 internships in summer of 2023 for students across a range of disciplines to support critical needs in Ukraine:

  • Aid logistics. Three students, including seasoned US veterans and reservists, are working with the Poland office of Kyiv Engineering Corps in Warsaw on optimizing aid distribution logistics to the Ukrainian front-line zones. The project aims at making delivery of critical supplies more efficient and timely, thus saving more lives and alleviating suffering.
  • Refugee support. One student is working on a research project in Belgrade, Serbia, that aims to identify issues faced by Ukrainian refugees in Europe. Europe is currently sheltering millions of Ukrainian refugees, and this project will record their unique experiences and critical needs.
  • Economic resilience. One student is working remotely with the Kyiv School of Economics on a project that aims to identify success strategies employed by prominent Ukrainian businesses in the context of war and create an online support program for Ukrainian businesses. Another student is working with MIT faculty and other Ukrainian and international experts on developing funding strategies for Ukraine’s post-war economic recovery.
  • IDP housing. Two architecture students are working with two different community-based organizations in Ukraine that design and build housing for families who have lost their homes due to Russian shelling. One intern works with an organization that repurposes used and imperfect materials sources from different European countries to refurbish abandoned dorms for IDP housing. The other student is working with an organization that is designing a brand-new 15,000-unit housing community.
  • Scientific diaspora. One student is working to complete an online platform for displaced Ukrainian scientists. The platform aims at creating a research community and a network of support for Ukrainian scholars around the world.
  • Future leaders. Over the spring semester, six MIT students have created a program, called Ukraine Leadership and Technology Academy, aimed at empowering the next generation of Ukrainian leaders by sharing world-class knowledge offered at MIT. This summer they will conduct a 2-week intensive training for 20 Ukrainian high school students in Barcelona, Spain, which will be followed by a yearlong engaged mentorship of these students while they take free online courses at MIT.

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