Our Role in Washington

The mission of the MIT Washington Office is to maintain a constant flow of information between Washington, D.C., and the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since its formation as part of the MIT President's Office in 1991, the MIT staff in Washington have followed and engaged in research and development and education efforts throughout government, managing a wide portfolio of related policy issues.

In addition to communicating the latest developments in these key policy areas, MIT Washington staff facilitate interactions between campus experts and those in Congress, the administration, associated federal agencies, and national organizations seeking that expertise. Our staff maintains a deep understanding of emerging and ongoing campus initiatives, and weaves those initiatives into their advocacy efforts in Washington. Over time, the role of the office has evolved to include engaging and educating MIT’s students in the larger science and technology policy-making process, either through classes taught on campus or via the office’s internship and science policy fellows programs.