Solve Internships

Cambridge, MA

Solve is an initiative from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology aimed at developing and supporting real and lasting solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges, from education and health to sustainability and economic prosperity. Solve is a membership community that brings together technologists and researchers, social entrepreneurs, business leaders, policymakers, change agents, and activists from across the globe to unearth solutions to specific, actionable challenges. Solve is organized around four pillars: Education, Health, Sustainability, and Economic Prosperity.

Learn more about our current active challenges.
For more information about Solve, visit the Solve Web site or read a recent article about the initiative on Devex.

Solve Intern Benefits:

An internship with Solve is designed to provide the opportunity to work in an exciting professional setting. Solve is a new initiative, and interns will get a front-row seat to a startup office culture within MIT. Solve interns will collaborate with different Solve teams to create materials, develop program content, and execute strategic outreach to a variety of audiences, including partners, members, students, and the general public. Interns will have the opportunity to learn logistical aspects of event production and programming. They will be responsible for volunteer coordination, research, social media, community outreach, scheduling, speaker coordination, editing, data collection, event debriefs, and other tasks as assigned by intern managers.

Interns will gain valuable insight about working for a global development initiative with a technology slant and will have 1:1 check-ins with their manager on a weekly basis to discuss projects, tasks, training, goals, and professional development. Interns will have the opportunity to contribute their skills and expertise to the Solve team during our bi-weekly Lunch & Learn series. Interns will also have access to the MIT campus and the many events it hosts.

Intern Placement:

Based on the needs of our initiative and the timeline of our annual events, interns will be matched to the Solve team with the best fit. Solve teams include Content/Digital, Events/Program, Partnerships, and Community. If you have a strong preference for one team, please include this in your cover letter.

Content/Digital: This team is responsible for all outward-facing Solve online content and for presentations, social media, and standardization of Solve language.

Events/Program: This team is in charge of event planning, program content, speaker relations, logistics, and outreach. Partnerships: This team works with Solve partners who are interested in deeper engagement with Solve, including event sponsorship.

Community: This team oversees the Solve pillar challenges and builds and manages relationships with members and Solvers.

Pillars include:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Sustainability
  • Economic Prosperity


Applicants should have strong written and oral communication skills and an exceptional eye for detail. Successful interns are those who take initiative, like to problem-solve, and are ready to dive into an “all hands on deck” environment. Bonus points if you get a kick out of desk research, database management, and logistics coordination.

Applicants must be 18+ to apply; students and recent grads with backgrounds in public health, international relations, political science, environmental studies, sustainability, public policy, global studies, economics, marketing, business, and communications are encouraged to apply, although those with different backgrounds are also welcome to apply.

Internship time frames generally line up with university semester schedules: spring, summer, and fall. This internship is paid at $15/hour. Solve is unable to provide visa sponsorship for international students, so intern applicants must be legally able to work in the US. No intern is entitled to a job at the conclusion of his/her internship experience. Interns’ work schedules will not exceed 30 hours/week. Specific intern hours will be determined on a case-by-case basis to account for student schedules.

Spring Interns (February-May): Currently accepting applications on a rolling basis until March 31.
Summer Interns (June-August): Currently accepting applications. Deadline is April 1.
Fall Interns (September-December): Application opens May 1. Deadline is July 1.

Applicants should send a résumé and 1 page cover letter to
Candidates who are a good fit for this internship will be contacted for an initial phone interview.