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Undergraduate Opportunities

Course 1 students have a number of different opportunities to engage with the community and expand their educational horizons.


Traveling Research Environmental Experiences (TREX) is a three-credit field research course offered during Independent Activities Period (IAP) by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering to students majoring in Civil or Environmental Engineering. TREX (Course 1.091) provides CEE undergraduates with the opportunity to gain hands-on fieldwork and research experience in a global context. Past expeditions have generated enormous enthusiasm for learning about earth systems and determining how these systems can be managed in a sustainable way.


A summer fieldwork program on materials in art, archeology and architecture (ONE-MA3) that gives undergraduate students an unforgettable hands-on research experience in Italy. The program will involve real-world analysis of ancient infrastructures and materials and focus on teaching ways to improve sustainability of the future through the study of ancient successes.

While in Italy, students are immersed in an in-depth, real-world analysis of ancient infrastructures and materials as a prerequisite for a fall subject, 1.057 Heritage Science and Technology. The subject extends the summer experience into a discussion of theory and practice.

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UROP and mini-UROP

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) projects complement faculty research and provide context for classroom studies. For first-years and seniors, the department provides funding to support UROPs with faculty in the department. In addition, CEE is active participants in the School of Engineering’s SuperUROP program and we plan to expand the opportunities in future years. If interested in a UROP, please contact the Academic Programs Office (APO) at or contact the faculty member you are interested in conducting a UROP with directly.

The mini-UROP is a 6-unit subject (1.097) over IAP (Independent Activities Period) in which first-year students are paired with a CEE graduate student or postdoc mentor for an inside look at the exciting researching taking place in the department. Many mini-UROPs have the opportunity to develop into full term UROPs in the spring.

To be notified of projects for our upcoming mini-UROP, please fill out this form.

FPOP Program

An unforgettable week with Course 1 first year students and faculty! Participate in Discover Course 1 and make your first week at MIT one you’ll be sure to never forget. Through site visits and hands on projects, you’ll learn more about the diversity of study in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, meet faculty and students, as well as discover some of the exciting opportunities engineers have at MIT – especially in Course 1. We aim to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges – clean water and air, benign- by-design, sustainable energy, future cities, and how to design creative solutions to complex engineering problems that make the world a better place.

Apply through the Office of the First Year

CEE Internship Program

Interested in advancing your career? CEE is here to help! We will utilize alumni connections and help you take advantage of  various institute and departmental resources to ensure you secure an internship that is best suited for you. Reach out to the Academic Programs Office at to setup a time to meet!

Ways to engage with the CEE Internship Program:

  • Set up a meeting with the Academic Programs Office to discuss your interests and internship preferences Connect with CAPD’s Course 1 representative for a resume critique
    • Log into CareerBridge and click “Advising”
    • Schedule in-person at the E17-294 reception desk
    • Schedule by calling 617-715-5329
  • Submit your resume to to be circulated to partner companies
  • Review the MIT Internship Resources for additional Institute-wide internship programs