F/ASIP Frequently Asked Questions
Considering the Freshmen/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP)? Basic questions are answered on our main F/ASIP page. For more information, browse the questions and answers below, check for a F/ASIP Info Session on our event calendar or talk to a F/ASIP team member.
- How do the credits work with SP.800 and SP.801?
- How does F/ASIP fit within the freshman credit limit?
- How does F/ASIP fit in with the IAP credit limit?
- Can I do F/ASIP as a first year student with spring semester sophomore standing?
- Do I need prior work experience?
- Can I participate in both F/ASIP and MISTI? Or F/ASIP and UROP?
- How competitive is F/ASIP? How many students can enroll?
- What if I’m not sure what kind of job or career I want?
You receive 3 units in the spring semester of freshman year for SP.800. SP.801 also offers credit (1 unit) and are based on your summer internship/research experience and F/ASIP assignments completed over the summer.
During the spring semester, freshmen have a 57 units credit limit. F/ASIP participants earn 3 units for SP.800 during the spring semester of their freshman year, so students can take four 12-unit classes and one 6-unit class along with F/ASIP. If you have concerns about fitting F/ASIP in with your intended course load, we encourage you to talk with us and your academic advisor about your goals and priorities.
Although F/ASIP SP.800 starts in January with online webinars, it is actually a spring semester course. The three credits earned for SP.800 appear on the spring semester transcript, therefore there is no conflict with the IAP credit limit.
Yes, but sophomore students in their third and fourth semesters at MIT are not eligible.
No. Plenty of F/ASIP students each year have limited or no professional experience before coming to MIT.
F/ASIP accepts about 80-100 freshmen on a first-come, first-serve basis. We don’t evaluate candidates; we only ask those granted a spot to commit to the full 9 months of the program.
Many freshmen are not yet sure of their career goals. F/ASIP is a great program to help you explore your career interests and skills.