Agreements Governing MIT Researchers and Students Working at Non-MIT Locations

MIT operates a number of programs that place its researchers and students in locations outside MIT to conduct research or gain experience and training. Guides to student internship programs are available from the MIT Careers Office.

Examples of MIT internship programs (where students conduct research at industrial locations to help fulfill degree requirements) include the following:

Examples of MIT programs that place individual students into industrial internships, but not to fulfill specific degree requirements, include the following:

In addition, sometimes during the course of a sponsored research program, MIT researchers and students may need to visit and spend time working at the research sponsor’s facility, or a third-party's research facility, as part of the research plan.

For each of these cases, an agreement must be established to govern the conditions for hosting the researcher, as well as the obligations of both the sponsor and MIT to each other for the research hosting arrangement.

Agreement Types:

Internship Programs

Internship Programs (listed above) have standard agreements that define the research to be performed by the intern, the payment by the host/sponsor to the student (or sometimes to MIT) for the research effort, and other terms and conditions governing the internship.

Where to get help:

  • To obtain information about a program, or to explore how to engage as a host for MIT student interns, contact the office of the relevant internship program.
  • For negotiation of program host agreements:
    • For the School of Chemical Engineering Practice, agreements are negotiated by the Office of Sponsored Programs. For further guidance, contact the School of Chemical Engineering Practice Director at Ext 3-6600.
    • For Leaders for Global Operations, LGO Host Agreements are issued by the LGO Program office and deviations from LGO standard Host Agreements are negotiated by the Office of Sponsored Programs at the request of the LGO Research and Internship Manager. For guidance, contact the LGO office.
    • For all other internship programs, agreements are negotiated by the Office of the General Counsel.

Individual Host Agreements

Individual Host Agreements must be developed to address the specific hosting arrangement and objectives.

Where to get help:

  • To obtain information about a program, or to explore how to engage as a host for MIT student interns, contact the office of the relevant internship program.
  • For student researcher at a sponsor’s site under a specific sponsored research program, contact the Principal Investigator of the relevant research project. Terms governing the conduct of research activities by MIT personnel and/or students while at a third-party site under a sponsored research agreement must be drafted and negotiated by the Office of Sponsored Programs. These terms may be incorporated into the sponsored research agreement if the activities will occur at the sponsor's site, or may form a Use of Outside Facility agreement or Collaborative Research agreement if they will occur at a third party's site. 
  • For assistance recruiting individual MIT students for internships outside of a formal program, or outside of a specific sponsored research program, contact Career Services. Contracts for individual MIT student internships are drafted. reviewed and negotiated by the Office of General Counsel.