What is the MIT Program?
The Manager in Training (MIT) program offers individuals an opportunity to obtain training, gain work experience, and broaden their outlook through international service work. Upon completion, the manager in training may obtain a position with Planet Aid on the path to become a future manager with Planet Aid.
How long is the program?
The MIT program spans 30 months and was developed in partnership with the One World Center. Starting dates are February and August. The program has to two main components:
12 months on-the-job Training at a domestic Planet Aid facility:
During this time you may work in a variety of positions, from driver to administrative assistant or community outreach specialist. You will learn many new skills and get a good feel for the culture and spirit of the organization and for what it takes to keep it moving forward.
18 months as a participant in the One World Center program:
- Six months studying the world, its problems and its potential future at the Institute for International Cooperation and Development (IICD) at the Michigan campus
- Six months working on a project site in Africa
- Six months back in the States reporting on your experiences and new found insights
Who can apply?
The MIT Program has no education requirements, and all applicants are considered who are at least 18 years of age.
You must be willing to travel, meet new people, be open to new experiences, be willing to rough it from time to time, and, most importantly, feel the need to help others.
How do I apply?
First submit an initial application using our online form. You will be invited to attend one of our introductory meetings, where you will learn more about the program requirements, as well as the work that Planet Aid and Humana People to People do in the U.S. and abroad.
Before final acceptance into the program, you will need to complete a comprehensive application form, submit to a background check, and have a one-on-one meeting with a senior Planet Aid staff member.
What are the program expenses?
There is no fee to apply to the MIT program. You will earn a stipend while working at a Planet Aid facility, part of which is put aside to pay for all expenses and tuition during the One World Center portion of the program.
How can I learn more about the program?
Read the MIT Brochure (download the PDF version here).