The European Club Fellowship

 
 
 

The European Club proudly supports outstanding MIT students with a research scholarship that allows them to intern at European non-profit organizations. The MISTI (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives) divisions for Germany, Italy, Spain and France help coordinate the scholarships and provide excellent placement in leading non-profit institutions.

 

Latest recipients of the European Club Fellowship at MISTI.

MIT-Germany

2012

Elizabeth Phillips
Class of 2013
Chemical-Biological Engineering
MIT-Germany
“Between learning an immense amount of molecular biology and experiencing a culture I had only previously experienced through textbooks, I couldn’t help but love every minute of my summer in Germany. A summer surrounded by excited researchers has re-instilled my desire to pursue an MD. My experience was nothing less than fantastic so I have every intention of returning to Germany and traveling elsewhere to experience more.”


 

Wennie Weng
Class of 2013
Materials Science and Engineering
MIT-Germany, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
“MIT Germany is such a great opportunity. Not only do you get the scientific background and teaching from an internship, but you also learn about other people and cultures, and in turn become increasingly aware of yourself and others.”


 

2011

Nikita Khlystov - Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry - Goettingen
“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity that the MISTI Germany Program gave me to travel to Germany and pursue a research project at the Max Planck Institute. The experience I had in Germany, both through my work during the week and my travels on weekends, was absolutely incredible. It has had a strong positive impact on me, motivating me academically and expanding my world perspective. I will definitely seek another internship in Germany next summer.”


2009


Evgeny Kiner - German Cancer Research Center - Heidelberg
"DKFZ is one of the world's leading cancer research centers, and it was an honor to work there during the summer.‏ I learned so much from the researchers and staff, and plan to return to Germany for another internship next summer."


 

MIT-Italy

2012

Justin Brereton & Maja Rudolph
Class of 2013
Mathematics

“The SMI was a great educational and cultural experience, and helped me to clarify my research interests for graduate school.  It was different and refreshing to do math in the beautiful city of Perugia.” - Justin Brereton


Both Maja and Justin went to the Scuola Matematica Internazionale di Perugia-Italy- where they took advanced math courses taught by international faculty. The summer school takes place every year for 5 weeks in August and is meant to be for graduate students—MIT undergrads being the exception.


“The experience was valuable content wise and I am glad to have met so many European students since I am considering pursuing graduate studies in Europe.” - Maja Rudolph

Kate Koch
Class of 2013
Biology

“What truly made this internship stand out were the little parts outside the labwork – conversations at lunch and or around the espresso machine or discussions I had in the office or at the lab bench. It was an interesting contrast – the cultural difference of being in Italy contrasted with a science – a generally universal field.”

 

2011
Wojciech Musial, Scuola Matematica Internazionale di Perugia

2009
Nicolas Calluzzo - US Consulate - Naples
“My tasks included updating the Consulate's emergency action plan, taking the lead on a new initiative to help the Italian government combat links between politicians and organized crime, and providing reporting to the Consulate's Weekly Action Report on issues affecting overseas Americans - all while enjoying daily views of the Gulf of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, and, when the skies were clear, Capri. It was an amazing opportunity to take an inside and bottom up look at how our administration works while establishing one’s professional credentials.”

 

MIT-Spain

2012

Felipe Carillo
Class of 2013
Mechanical Engineering
MIT-Spain
Host: Heat and Mass Transfer Technological Center, Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña

“Participating in MISTI Spain was not only a technical learning experience, but it was also an opportunity that opened my eyes to a new way of thinking.”


 

Michele Pratusevich
Class of 2013
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MIT-Spain
"My internship was an eye-opening experience to some cultural differences that exist in the world. I came I to the internship thinking that Spain wasn't too different from the US, especially in academia. Boy was I wrong – the cultural differences were stark, and I learned how to live and work in an environment that was completely different to anything I had seen before. I felt very accomplished in being successful in such a new environment, and I would repeat the MISTI experience again in a heartbeat.“


 

2011
David Miranda Nieves, IBEC Institute for Bioengineering of Catalunya - Barcelona
“It was an incredible opportunity to work and live in Barcelona. My research internship opened my eyes to the fields where I would like to spend the rest of my years working. Programs like MISTI are what MIT students need in order to apply what we learn in class in a real environment, as well as learning/experiencing other cultures.”

2009
Vibin Kundukulam, IMDEA Materials (Madrid Community Research Institute) - Madrid
“It was amazing to see how Spain, as well as other countries in the EU, is beginning to build up a massive center of science and innovation at the interface between the government and industry. At IMDEA, I had the opportunity to work with researchers from around the world, and I learned to put everything I had studied in the classroom in a truly global framework.”

MIT-France

2012

Ignat Kalinov
Class of 2013
Physics
MIT-France
“As I am interested, above all, in modern and contemporary German and French thought, I am really fortunate to be able to receive hands-on impressions of the way both the educational and the research part of French philosophical life take place, as I am not yet decided as to whether the US or France are to be my priority PhD destination. In any case, the most invaluable aspect of my stay here is the open-ended interaction with my professors. I am profoundly grateful to the MIT European Club for their generous support, which has opened and will open innumerable doors before me!”


 

2011
Michelle Lu, ESPCI, Paris
“This was such an amazing experience. Having the opportunity to work in microfluidic research was new and interesting to me, as I had never conducted research in this before. My supervisor and other members in the lab were particularly helpful in helping me draw connections between my previous engineering classes and the concepts governing the microfluidic systems that we were studying. This internship gave me more independence than I had in previous UROP’s or other research experiences.  I also had the opportunity to experience a different sort of research and laboratory environment from what I was used to.  I admired the ability of those in the MMN lab to create a more relaxed environment than the American labs that I had worked in, while still maintaining an impressive work ethic that made sure things still got done. “

MIT-Switzerland

2012

Shreesh R. Naik
Class of 2013
Chemical-Biological Engineering
MIT-Switzerland
“Living in Switzerland and working at WHO was undoubtedly an amazing experience! I got the opportunity to be a part of a leading UN agency and experienced the way healthcare operates a global level. I traveled every weekend to places within Switzerland and saw gorgeous castles, mountains, and lakes that I had seen only in postcards, TV shows, and travel magazines! I am truly thankful for this experience and hope to revisit my time in Europe in the future.”


 

 

 

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