Find Your ELO
First-Year students are eligible for lots of ELOs. Search for those in ELx and filter based on your interests, skills, and schedule. While some first-year-friendly ELOs can be found using the “First-Year Students” filter in ELx, there are many additional ELOs open to and suitable for first-years on the platform. Just check whether the posting specifies student class years or prerequisites. If nothing is listed, everyone should feel free to apply!
Need help finding positions, crafting a resume, or writing an application? MIT Career Advising & Professional Development (CAPD) has great resources on their website, or you can schedule an appointment with a career advisor (they love meeting with first-year students!).
Have a particular program or position in mind? You can also reach out to the program staff with any questions about the position or application before you apply.
First-Year Discovery subjects (Fall and Spring)
Browse a list of subjects created specifically to help first-year students discover majors, minors, concentrations, and topics of interest. All first-year students are encouraged to take one or more of these subjects even if they feel that they already know their intended major.
A class designed to prepare students for a future in the fields of science and engineering. Students are placed in teams and are challenged to use an engineering approach to solve a problem faced by the world today. Throughout the course students receive assistance with resume building, oral presentations, interviewing, and participate in a networking event with industry representatives.
MISTI: Language and Culture Courses (All terms, requirements vary by country/program)
Check out course requirements to be eligible for a MISTI internship. Most programs require four semesters of the appropriate language courses (or equivalent proficiency) and/or one course in the history, politics, or culture of the host country.
D-Lab Course Offerings (All terms)
Become an effective agent of global change in one of D-Lab’s courses. Students gain competency in the participatory design process, understand and apply principles of engineering and design, engage in hands-on shop work, learn to think critically about theories of development, and obtain meaningful experiences in the field – all preparing you to continue socially and environmentally conscious work that addresses issues of global poverty.
21W.03x Science Writing Subjects (Fall and Spring)
First-year writing subjects provide a foundation for future communication-intensive subjects, and also function as a starting point for concentrating, minoring, or majoring in Writing. While the topical focus of writing assignments varies across these subjects, all first-year writing subjects develop students’ understanding of genre, audience, argument, discourse, source use, and writing process.