The CIS is home to several innovative Americas-focused programs. Student internships, offered through MISTI, are available in the following countries: Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay. Recently launched is the MIT-Amazonia program, which focuses on climate issues and solutions to sustain the rainforest. We also offer seed funds to MIT faculty for research collaborations with partnering organizations throughout the region. The Policy Lab works directly with MIT faculty to build bridges between the policy world and academia. The Seminar XXI program educates current and future leaders in the U.S. government's national security community. Our faculty provide analysis and scholarship in their respective areas of expertise. Events and webinars that address a range of issues in the region are offered throughout the academic year.

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Programs & Activities

  • MISTI Latin America

    Students at MIT can experience the diversity and ingenuity of the region by taking part in our fully funded internships, research, and teaching opportunities with leading companies, universities, and other organizations. MISTI (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives) is a global extension of the Institute’s on-campus learning and cutting-edge research.

  • Global Seed Funds

    The Global Seed Funds support faculty-led innovative projects that will help lay the foundations for new research and education initiatives between MIT and the Americas.

  • MIT Policy Lab

    The MIT Policy Lab at the Center for International Studies works with researchers across the Institute to develop and enhance connections between the worlds of academia and public policy.

  • Seminar XXI

    Seminar XXI educates current and future leaders in the U.S. government’s national security community. The program links the worlds of policymaking and academia by bringing together military and civilian executives, and scholars from MIT and other world-renowned institutions.

  • Latin American Working Group

    The Latin American Working Group provides an interdisciplinary forum for faculty and students across the Institute and beyond who work on issues related to Latin America.

  • M3 Latin America

    M3 is an effort to strengthen ties with colleagues across the Institute who share research interests in a particular region or discipline. We invite you to join our mailing list here, if you'd like receive news and updates on research in Latin America in all disciplines and research topics, but especially around global challenges such as climate and sustainability, health, AI and computing, democratic stability, inequality, and human development.