Pozen Fellowship2022-03-30T12:41:10+00:00

The Pozen Fellowship is a summer entrepreneurship internship program for MIT undergraduate students interested in working for an MIT-founded startup (MIT delta v alumni companies).

This is a 10-week paid internship connecting students with MIT delta v alumni companies. Students that are selected for the program as interns are officially known as “Pozen Fellows.”

Applications for the 2022 program are now closed. The deadline was March 29th.

See the 2022 Internships

The Pozen Fellowship program is made possible through a generous donation by Bob Pozen. We thank him for his support of the Trust Center, but, more importantly, the support of MIT students and startups.

NEWS: “Trust Center announces Endowment of Internship by Bob Pozen”

Interested in the startup life?

An internship through the Pozen Fellowship may be right for you! It’s a paid summer internship program open to ALL undergraduates at MIT* and provides an immersive work experience at a startup founded by MIT delta v alumni. (* first-years, sophomores, and juniors only; seniors graduating in May are not eligible)

You will be working side-by-side with the founding team and have an opportunity to work on meaningful projects, receive one-on-one mentoring, and determine if startup life is for you.

Pozen Fellowship Overview

The Pozen Fellowship is a 10-week paid internship program designed for MIT students who are interested in experiencing what it is like to work at a startup full-time.

During the summer, students will:

  • gain an understanding of how an early-stage startup functions
  • be assigned to projects based on their skill set and the startup’s business strategy
  • experience true action learning by having an opportunity to immerse themselves in startup life
  • work side-by-side with the founding team and collaborate with a mentor.

The internship program is not for credit; selected students become Pozen Fellows and will be considered to be on the MIT student payroll system, receiving a weekly salary of $750. (Taxes will be taken out of your paychecks automatically.)

During the 10-week internship, students will have a check-in with a member of the Martin Trust Center to discuss startup life and initial learning. At the end of the summer, students will complete a five-page reflection paper on their experience as Pozen Fellows.

Why you should apply:

Timeline

  • Applications Open: March 1, 2022

  • Applications Close: Tuesday, March 29th, 11:59pm

  • Company Interviews & Decision Period: early to mid April

  • Offer Letters Sent: mid to late April

  • Paperwork Sent in by Accepted Candidates: early May

  • Kickoff Event: mid May

  • Internships Begin: early June

  • Mid-point Checkins: week after July 4

  • Internships End: 1st or 2nd week of August

  • Reflection Paper Due: August 31

FAQ

Q: Who should apply to be a Pozen Fellow?

The internship program is open to all undergraduate students at MIT. Anyone interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, or learning more about startups should apply.

Q: Are the internships only open to MIT undergraduates?

Yes, this program is open only to MIT undergraduates, specifically first-years, sophomores, and juniors only; seniors graduating in May are not eligible. Any student in any course may apply as long as they are not graduating.

Q: Will I get credit for the internship?

The internship program is not for credit. Participants will be on the MIT student payroll system and receive a weekly salary of $750.

Q: What is the time commitment?

Participants are required to work full-time at their internship for 10 weeks between the beginning of June and mid-August.

Q: Can I apply for multiple internships?

Yes, you can apply to multiple internship positions. During the application you will be prompted to select the positions for which you would like to be considered.

Q: Will I be working at the startup?

Full details for the summer of 2022 are being coordinated with our host companies. Depending on the nature of the role and its responsibilities, the internship may be in-person, remote, or hybrid. Each internship will detail expectations for that position.

Q: Is it okay to request to learn new responsibilities outside of the job description (i.e., business analytics during a software engineering internship)?

Yes, absolutely! You may be one of just a couple members of the startup team over the summer (depending on what stage the company is in), so most founders would be receptive of your interest in learning more skills and helping out, so long as your primary job function is under control. Working at a startup is more hands on than working at a larger company, so chances are you may have to pitch in in other areas anyway. That said, keep in mind that you are limited by the rules of the internship to working only 40 hours per week, so any and all responsibilities would need to be completed during your regular work hours.

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