Every year, eight UPOP staff guide hundreds of MIT sophomores through a year-long career mentoring and internship placement program–using a tool built in 2007. As enrollment increased and the program outgrew its tech, staff struggled to pick up the slack.
Entry into UPOP is highly competitive. In addition to all the usual trappings of career mentoring programs – help with resumes, interviews, etc. – UPOP students are paired with industry leaders who act as mentors, helping students pursue the career they want.
In 2007, a student built UPOP’s legacy custom program management tool. The tool itself is impressively built and has served UPOP well for over a decade. As the program expanded, however, UPOP outgrew its legacy technology. As time went on, increasing numbers of tasks had to be handled manually by staff.
By the time UPOP approached ADK in March of 2020, the tool was overburdened by years of legacy data and failing to meet the needs of the program.
UPOP needed a new tool, and they needed it quickly. It was late March, and students would need to start applying to the program in early August.