MIT culture is based on making a difference and changing the world. Like all MIT students, LGOs have multiple opportunities to travel near and far. MIT’s motto also encourages students to apply learning immediately to the real world, and most of LGO’s travel opportunities represent ways to observe and apply theories learning in the classroom. We’ve listed some of the official opportunities students have below.
During the LGO Summer, the class visits a number of operations facilities and companies in the Boston area. Recent trips included:
- Aeronaut Brewing: microbrewery, yeast bioengineering, and small-scale supply chain
- Amazon Robotics (Kiva): robotic solutions to supply chain problems
- Amgen: pharmaceutical manufacturing facility
- Harpoon Brewery: New England brewing and nation-wide distribution
- National Grid: energy production and delivery for New England
- New Balance: athletic shoes
- Pratt & Whitney – United Technologies: aircraft engine design and manufacturing
- Presstek (an AIP company): industrial digital printer design and production
- Quest Diagnostics: health care systems and laboratory equipment production
- Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems: producing defense, radar, and air traffic management systems
Each January, first-year LGOs visit manufacturing and operations sites across the country. Associated travel costs are included in tuition. A student committee organizes the entire two-week tour throughout North America. The trip offers a unique opportunity to observe large-scale operations in the world’s most impressive companies. Each company visited is an LGO partner.
DPT represents a defining part of the LGO experience. Alumni continually cite it as a highlight of their experience. Students observe operations in practice, connect with executives at LGO partner companies, and strengthen bonds with their classmates. Partner companies showcase their operations to potential interns and recruits. At each stop, LGO alumni facilitate site visits at their companies and arrange local alumni meetings for current students. The trip isn’t all visiting, though. LGOs provide in-depth site assessments to each industry host after the visit.
During spring break each year, LGO students organize an International Plant Trek to a destination of their choosing. The international plant trek goes to China frequently as part of LGO’s collaboration with the China LGO program, although multiple other destinations have resulted in success. The trip is an opportunity to explore global operations in a different cultural and economic context.
Action Learning is a cornerstone of MIT education, and LGO students take full advantage of the opportunity. Action Learning Labs are one-semester courses where students work on a defined problem for a company throughout the semester. The teams meet weekly in a course format to discuss themes related to the project, and then travel to the company for a few weeks to gather more data and implement results. Travel is part of the course, and students go to their host company at no additional cost. Previous students have worked with companies in Chile, London, Paris, Hyderabad, India, Malaysia, China, and many other destinations.
In addition to the MIT Sloan Action Learning, the LGO program works with partners, alumni, and industry contacts to organize LGO-only Action Learning Labs that work on projects with a high-tech or operations problem requiring advanced engineering knowledge.
In coordination with the Sloan program office, groups of Sloan MBA students organize study tours and treks. MBA Study Tours are mini-courses over Spring Break where students organize a trip to explore a certain theme and its impact on business at the destination. Many Study Tours take place every semester, with destinations ranging from London to Cuba to Myanmar.
MIT Sloan treks are usually organized through one of Sloan’s many clubs. The trips usually focus on professional development or a specific industry. For example, the Sloan Entrepreneurship Club organizes a trek to Silicon Valley to meet and network with various companies in the area.
LGO students go to locations throughout the USA for their internship experience. About 80% of LGOs do their internship outside of the Boston area.
A variety of LGO partner companies have offered international LGO internships in recent years. International internship locations usually represent around 25% of the internship on offer in any given year.
An LGO internship abroad represents an unique opportunity to engage in the destination country. The student is imbedded in the company’s offices and operations for the entire six months, and can get a feeling for life in the country. Furthermore, some partner companies are happy to discuss career opportunities outside of the USA.