Guided Academic Industry Network (GAIN)

Left: Bruce Quinn, Summer 2018 | Right: Mandalina Kozicki, Summer 2019

Purpose and Goals

GAIN is a new two-year internship program that provides experiences in materials research and development (R&D) both in academia and industry for community college students. The twin goals of GAIN are to create opportunities for students and to enhance the workforce pipeline for materials-focused industries.

The role of materials R&D in the economy is enormous but it is not widely recognized. Pervasive technologies like efficient internal combustion engines are enabled by results from materials engineering such as sensors and nanostructured alloys. Developments in many areas such as lightweight vehicles, medical implants, and consumer products will depend on progress in materials R&D. However, recognition among the public of materials R&D as a career choice lags far behind that of other fields such as computer science and healthcare. GAIN is structured to address this gap.


Program Structure

Participants are selected from Boston area Community Colleges. Beginning in the summer of 2018, we work with two new participants each year. The summer interns full members of the Jaramillo research group during their time at MIT. In addition, the interns are invited to participate in the social and career-training activities that are part of the internship program run by the Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) at MIT. Participants spend the second summer at an internship at a local company. This internship is expected to last for eight weeks.  


Corporate Partners

  • CubicPV, formerly 1366, (Bedford, MA)

  • Ambri (Cambridge and Marlborough, MA)

  • Saint-Gobain (Northboro, MA)

  • Veloxint (Framingham, MA)

  • Xtalic (Marlborough, MA)


Bruce Quinn, Roxbury Community College | 2018 Summer Intern @ MIT: Synthesis and Sintering Sulfide Perovskites

2019 Summer Intern @ Veloxint


Mandalina Kozicki, Bunker Hill Community College | 2019 Summer Intern @ MIT: Tape Casting and Sintering of ZnS Thick Films | 2020 Summer Intern @ Xtalic


Tsedey Ayele, Roxbury Community College | 2020-2021 Intern @ MIT: Tape Casting and Sintering of ZnS Thick Films


Peter Ssemwogerere, Bunker Hill Community College | 2021 Summer Intern @ MIT: Tape Casting Chalcogenide Materials for Ifrared Applications | 2022 Summer Intern @ Saint Gobain 


Kossi DohohoRoxbury Community College | 2022 Summer Intern @ MIT: Investigating Optomechanical Effects in Zinc Oxide 


We are grateful to the National Science Foundation for providing MIT with a five-year award (#1751736) to fund the GAIN program.