MIT IDC projects offer students the unique opportunity to partner with an international NGO, travel to their project’s country, work with a diverse student team, and impact the lives in developing nations. MIT IDC client NGOs receive the assistance and expertise of talented MIT students and affiliates including faculty and corporate advisors. Each project team consists of innovative individuals who identify our client’s needs and utilize business and engineering talents to ensure that our clients attain greater efficiency and sustainability.
Over the summer, IDC establishes partnerships with NGOs and works with them to define projects with sustainable, scalable outcomes. In the fall, we bring students onto these projects to spend the fall and spring semesters researching and planning their solutions. IDC student teams individually work through the challenges of their projects, and then we bring all the teams together to share solutions and work through frustrations using the power and experience of the larger organization.
During MIT's January month-long term and over the summer, many student teams travel to work locally with their partner NGO to either implement their project or perform ongoing research in the field. The MIT Public Service Center and the MIT Legatum Center help us make this possible for our project teams.
These projects are long term. Each field experience reveals new projects to investigate and new solutions to pursue. We are constantly adding new team members as ideas grow and develop into more than we ever thought possible. We help our partner NGOs over time, through whatever needs they identify within their organization and their local communities. MIT IDC is here to help because we envision a better world