The 6A program has been connecting students with some of the world’s most impactful companies for over 100 years. It allows students to pursue a leading-edge industry project at a member organization, while simultaneously working towards their degree. For Industry, it helps create a pipeline of talent. More than 2,500 Course 6 students have gone through the program over the years, including Amar Bose (founder of Bose Corporation), Cecil Green (founder of Texas Instruments), Andrew Viterbi (founder of Qualcomm), Ray Stata (founder of Analog Devices), Thuan Pham (Uber CTO), and many others.
The students typically join the program as Course 6 sophomores, juniors and seniors, and complete a series of three and six-month work assignments at their chosen company. Each student is assigned both an industry mentor and a faculty advisor, and the work students complete during their stay at the company is then used towards their MEng thesis. In addition, in most cases, the 6-A program covers the full tuition of the MEng degree as well as competitive salaries during the time the student is at the company.
The 6-A program currently has three different tracks to provide maximum flexibility to students:
Track #1 helps undergraduate students to do 3-months full-time internships in industry and government labs.
Track #2 also known as 6-AX, is new and provides full-time 6-to-8-month internships to undergraduate students.
Track #3 is ideal for students who are now seniors, as it focuses on the M.Eng. year. In this track, the student does a six-month internship at a 6-A company during which the student works on his or her M.Eng. Thesis
“The 6-A program has enabled Analog Devices to develop a unique relationship with MIT students, faculty and administrators. Our engineers have the luxury of working with students and faculty members on challenging problems critical to the company’s future. At the same time, we take an active role in training a future generation of engineers, some of whom, may end up working at Analog Devices. It is by far our most effective and rewarding recruiting effort!”