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Winners of MISTI’s annual video contest announced.
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MISTI Instagram winners: (clockwise from top left) Pierre Bertrand, Navil Perez, and James Addison.
MISTI Instagram winners: (clockwise from top left) Pierre Bertrand, Navil Perez, and James Addison.

This summer the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) — MIT’s largest international education program — asked its 500-plus students to submit short videos showcasing the ways in which MIT is making the world a better place through the MISTI program. “How does being a global citizen help MIT change the world?” the contest prompted.  

For today's graduates of MIT, the ability to connect with, learn from, and collaborate with people from different countries is essential. Interning, researching, and teaching in 24 countries around the world, MISTI students develop these practical intercultural skills working alongside international colleagues.

From Argentina to Australia, current MISTI students submitted 30-second videos focusing on their international projects and their experiences with different cultures. On Sept. 8 MISTI announced the contest winners during its yearly open house via social media. Winners will received $500. All submissions can be watched on MISTI’s YouTube channel. The winning videos include:

My MISTI Better World Story: MIT Insper Teaching Lab” by Wesley Woo and Garrett Souza (MIT-Brazil)

My MISTI Better World Video: Sunandini” by Sunandini Chopra (MIT-India)

My MISTI Better World Story: Water is Life” by Navil Perez (MIT-Mexico)

MISTI also held a photo contest among its summer interns via Instagram. Three winning photos were chosen out of 1,000 submissions, and winners received $100. This year’s winners are Pierre Bertrand (MIT-France), James Addison (GSL Mongolia), and Navil Perez (MIT-Mexico).

Each year, MISTI — part of MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) — sends over 850 students to intern, teach, and research in more than 24 locations worldwide. Are you an MIT undergrad or graduate student? Get involved early by reviewing student opportunities and requirements; reading more about MISTI students abroad; and attending MISTI country-specific info sessions this fall.

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