Professional & Personal development

This section describes the variety of resources available to graduate students for advice and counsel—whether for individual concerns, career planning, support for student groups on campus, or informal discussions about the day-to-day life of a graduate student—with folks “in the know.” Looking for even more resources? See the Professional development page on the MIT Student Resources site.

Upcoming events

To hear directly about many upcoming events, sign up for the Global Education and Career Development (GECD) Graduate Career News list and the Graduate Student Council Professional Development e-mail list.


MIT ESP: Teach Anything for Cascade!

When: Deadline: Aug 25th
Where: MIT Campus

Cascade 2018 runs Saturdays from Oct. 6th to Nov. 3rd; Register by Aug 25th to teach classes to Boston-area 9th & 10th graders. Past classes have included “Crime Scene Investigation”, “Games, Numbers, and How to Win”, and “Making Games with Gameblox”.
Not available all 5 weeks? Guest presenters can teach life skills – anything from “How to Cook” to “Public Speaking”. Teacher benefits include free food, t-shirts, and the joy of teaching! We also provide teacher orientations if you’re new to teaching. You can find more information about Cascade at; if you have questions, feel free to email us at


New Positions Open: Serve on MIT Institute Committees!

When: Apply by 11:59 PM on Friday, August 31st

Become a voting member of a committee alongside other students, faculty, staff, and administrators and impact decisions made by the Institute. New positions are open on 3 new committees! Issues may include student life, education and curriculum, policy, health and community, and strategic planning. This is an invaluable opportunity for personal and professional development that goes beyond your lab, department, and school. Learn more and apply at the link above by Friday, August 31st. Contact GSC VP Orpheus Chatzivasileiou at with questions.


Call for Submissions for Pitchfest with the MIT Press

When: Deadline Sep 1

Do you have a great idea for a nonfiction book in science or technology, broadly defined?
In the spirit of fun and fostering the Boston publishing scene, the MIT Press invites you to submit your proposal to Pitchfest! Six finalists will be selected to present their projects before a panel of judges on October 13, 2018 at the Boston Book Festival. The winner will be given the opportunity to workshop a full-fledged book proposal with an MIT Press editor, and $1000.


MIT Museum Part-time Workshop Instructors

When: Apply Now
Where: MIT Museum 265 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA

Are you interested in teaching and science outreach? Would you like some informal education experience on a part-time basis? The MIT Museum is seeking graduate students to teach science, technology, and engineering workshops for middle and high school students. Three-hour shifts available Mon-Fri from 9:30am-4pm, between September 2018-June 2019. Anticipated commitment is 6-12 hours/month with the possibility of additional hours. Compensation of $15-18/hour and training will be provided.
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to