Service

Innovation is relative.

In an MIT lab, researchers may use cutting edge technology to make new scientific advances. But MIT students also travel around the world building workable solutions to everyday problems with what’s available. “If it’s a positive change … even if the ideas being used have been around for years, it’s an innovation.” Scott Berkun, Myths of Innovation

How can modified bicycles help Nigeria recycle? What’s the best way to get around if you’re disabled and the roads aren’t paved? How do you get life-changing technologies out into remote villages? Student entrepreneurs have turned projects like these into global service careers with support from MIT programs.

Service opportunities at MIT range from courses with organized fieldwork to funding for student-directed projects. Transform your perspective on design, cross-cultural collaboration, and real-world problem solving. Learn what it takes to turn ideas into positive change.