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.

Nailing the Interview: An Improv Event

When: Monday, September 26
Location: 4-237
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

An interactive workshop that focuses on using improvisation to be your best self at job interviews. Join us to help you be more aware of the impression you are making, learn to think authentically on your feet, learn to truly actively listen/observe and help you go beyond the standard responses to a place of honestly and clarify- ensuring the interviewer sees the real candidate.

Learn more about Apple

When: Monday, September 26
Where: Building 10, Bush room
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Interested in learning more about Apple? Come chat with the VP of Ecosystem Products & Tech, Kate Bergeron. RSVP by emailing for this event.

Wireless Tech Talk with Jaydeep Ranade

When: Tuesday, September 27
Where: Kiva Room, 32-G449
Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Hear from Apple’s Senior Director of Wireless System Design, Jaydeep Ranade.

Philips Tech TALK

When: Tuesday, September 27
Location: 4-163
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Want to change the way doctors find cancer? We do it every day.Philips Emerging Businesses is focused on solving some of the biggest problems in medicine. We develop disruptive technological solutions to help diagnose cancer, treat skin diseases, help solve neurological problems and speed up the time it takes to make a diagnosis. This is done in small teams, working on cutting edge technology to enable doctors to help patients in the best possible way. Emerging Businesses have great opportunities for young professionals. A rotational program, both technical and commercial, which takes you to 2 countries in 24 months and work on challenging assignments with a team of amazing professionals and coaches.

Want to learn more?
Come to our Tech talk on Tuesday September 27.


When: Thursday, September 29
Location: 4-253
Time:  5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Want to spend Spring semester in Spain and still graduate within four years? Come learn about the MIT-Madrid program, your chance to study in your major at two prestigious universities in Madrid! Light refreshments will be served.

  • Application Deadline: October 21, 2016
  • Spring semester in Madrid sophomore or junior year
  • Engineering courses at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
  • Science and HASS courses at Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Science and HASS courses at Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Science and HASS courses at Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Optional internship during the semester to complement your academic courses
  • Travel within Spain and throughout Europe

Part Time Educator, MIT Museum

When: September 2016 – June 2017

Are you interested in teaching or science outreach? Would you like some informal education experience on a part-time basis? The MIT Museum is seeking MIT graduate students to teach science, technology, and engineering workshops for middle and high school students. The ideal candidate should be flexible, interested in learning teaching best practices, and available 1-2 days a week between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm.

Compensation of $15-18 /hour and training will be provided. To apply, please send cover letter, two references, and resume to

Ada Lovelace Grant for MIT graduate students

  • Purpose: To encourage and support projects at the intersection of science, technology, and the humanities, using technology to make historical materials accessible and engaging to people outside the academy. Such historical materials may include archival holdings, manuscripts, government documents and records, oral history recordings, and other “primary source” material, broadly defined.
  • Eligibility: Given the enormous gender gap in science and technology, this grant is reserved for women enrolled in graduate programs at MIT.
  • Deliverables: The end result of the project should be a website or digital exhibition of some kind.  Successful applicants will also be expected to deliver a final report and give a public presentation upon completion of the project.
  • Award: Each year, one applicant will be selected by the grant committee to receive up to $10,000 to support her project.  These funds are available for any non-tuition/non-stipendiary expenses (e.g. the costs for creation of digital products).
  • Application Process: Applicants should submit a two-page proposal, outlining the creative vision and practical execution process of the project, plus a CV. The proposal should include (1) a description of the project and its timeline, (2) a clear statement describing the digital product and how that product will be shared with the public, including how relevant permissions will be secured, and (3) a budget for the project. Applications for the 2016-17 academic year should be sent by 11 October 2016 to Get more information here.


Apply for the Luce Scholars PROGRAM

When: October 20, 2016

The Luce Scholars program administered by the Center for International Studies (CIS) is open to seniors, graduate students, alumni from recent classes and junior faculty. It places young scholars from a wide variety of intellectual fields in 10-month internships in selected countries in Asia.

Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are NOT eligible for the Luce Scholars Program. Candidates may have taken Asian language or Asia-focused courses on a U.S. campus (without majoring in Asian Studies).

They may have spent up to a total of twelve weeks, or have participated in a university-organized summer program, in one or more countries where Luce Scholars are placed. If in doubt as to whether your prior experience disqualifies you, please contact me. Nominees must be American citizens not yet 30 years old on July 1, 2017 and who have earned at least a bachelor’s degree or expect to receive one by July 1, 2017.

Prospective MIT candidates must apply through CIS. MIT/CIS is permitted to forward THREE applications this year to the Luce Foundation. Applications must be received by CIS by Thursday, October 20th.More information is available here. Many of your questions can be answered on this FAQ page. The Application Form is also available for download online as a word document

Join the Planning Committee for the MIT Maker Fair!

When: May 6th, 2017 at MIT Media Lab

MITxMake is a school-wide maker fair and speaker series that celebrates maker culture, entrepreneurship, and hardware hacking. Taking part in either planning or in the actual event offers networking opportunities and professional development experience.

  • Apply for a leadership position in Marketing, Operations, Auxillary Events, Content, or Web Development.
  • Sessions for makers and other event volunteers will be held in the fall.
  • If you’re interested in applying for a position email