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.


Exploring Careers in Global Healthcare: A Panel

When: Wednesday, March 22
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: E19-202
Grow your meaning of making a difference in healthcare. Take part in a discussion focused on diverse perspectives in global healthcare related to ethics, innovation, entrepreneurship, policy, and cultural competency. Engage with panelists as they share their successes and challenges in a field that continues to evolve internationally and makes strides to address complex health issues.

Exploring Careers in Data Science: A Panel

When: Thursday, March 23
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: E19-202
Data scientists work with enormous data sets, often from unconventional, unwieldy, nonlinear sources.  Some develop innovative technology to work with that data.  Some focus on techniques to derive meaningful implications from that data. Job titles vary and may include data engineer, data scientist, statistician, and data analyst. Whatever their title, there is currently a dramatic shortage of these professionals in the country and in the world.  At our GECD Data Science Careers panel, alumni and representatives from different industries will talk about the way their company is using data science, and the career paths opening up in this burgeoning field. Pre-registration requested via CareerBridge.

 Spring Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

When: March 27 – May 19

The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session. In addition to  in-person locations in New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Boston, and Washington D.C, we will have a remote online session. Apply here.

You can learn about our fellows at The New York Times, LinkedIn, Amazon, Capital One, or Palantir. To read about our latest fellow alumni, check out our blog. To learn more about The Data Incubator, check us out on Venture Beat, The Next Web, or Harvard Business Review.

Spring career fair

When: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Organized by: Global Education & Career Development (GECD). 
Whether you’re looking for a job or internship, or just doing some career recon, the Spring Career Fair is a great place to have conversations with recruiters. We select over 70 companies across a variety of industries for a fair that serves all MIT courses.

Summer School on Intellectual Property in Bonn, Germany

Deadline: April 7, 2017

The University of Bonn would like to invite graduate and postgraduate students from MIT to a Summer School on Intellectual Property in Bonn. The Summer School addresses graduate and postgraduate students from any field of study. It will take place from July 31 to August 11, 2017. The program is conducted in English. The program offers classes that cover the main areas of Intellectual Property, guest lectures on selected Intellectual Property issues, and excursions (for example to innovative institutions and companies). The classes and guest lectures will take place on the new Campus Poppelsdorf of the University of Bonn. The Summer School is open to 30 participants. Applicants who wish to participate in the Summer School must apply by April 7, 2017. The selected participants will be notified within one week after the registration deadline. Please feel free to visit the website of the Summer School on Intellectual Property for detailed information about the program.

Learn How To Self-Promote Without Sounding Like a Jerk

When: April 20
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (EDT)
Location: Online

Would you rather visit the dentist than brag about your own skills and achievements? Then this webinar is for people like you. Unfortunately, you can’t just go about your business and hope someone notices you. Like it or not, it’s important to make it easy for others to understand what you aspire to accomplish and what you have to offer. That takes self-promotion, and this webinar explains how to do it in a respectful, honest, and effective manner. In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Why helping others is the most effective and easiest form of “self-promotion”
  • Why you should use social media, even if you hate using social media
  • When and why it makes sense to communicate as though you were talking to a seven-year-old
  • The misunderstood power of context, and why the lack of it slows so many careers

All who attend this webinar will also receive a free digital copy of Bruce Kasanoff‘s book—author and presenter—of the same name, How to Self-Promote without Being a Jerk. Both the book and the webinar are a quick way to understand the power of saying what you want in an engaging and understandable manner.

Whole Scientist course – career skills course

When:  April 20
Location: Hunter College

Attend The Whole Scientist course to build skills for your career
Am I prepared for the next step in my scientific career? What skills do I need to work in academia? Industry? Other careers? What if I don’t want to do research? How can I find a job?
The Jackson Laboratory, Hunter College, and the Minority Graduate Student Network  are pleased to host The Whole Scientist workshop in New York on April 20, and in Bar Harbor, Maine, on May 15-19, 2017. The Whole Scientist will assist you in answering the questions above and helps scientists like you prepare for the next step. With advice from leading experts, The Whole Scientist will instill skills and confidence in:
•       People and project management
•       Individual Develop Plan preparation and execution
•       Mentorship and team-building
•       Networking and negotiating
•       Effective communication to a variety of audiences
•       Career exploration and the job market
Get ready for your future at one of our upcoming events!

–       At Hunter College in New York City for our one-day workshop on April 20, 2017. Find out more and register. Registration is FREE and includes breakfast and lunch!


–       Join us at The Jackson Laboratory in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine, for our week-long course May 15-19, 2017. Find out more and registerComprehensive scholarship packages are available to attend. Register today!

Exploring PhD Career Options in Higher Education Panel

When: Tuesday, May 2
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: E19-202
PhD graduates can work in higher education in various capacities, including areas of research, teaching, training, strategy, administration and writing to name a few. Attendees will learn from panelists who have made the transition from being an MIT PhD student to working in higher education. Panelists have found positions in various ways, and they will discuss advice for seeking future career options. These career stories represent higher education (and additional industries from panelists’ past experiences) from perspectives that are not tenure-track faculty. This event is open to all courses and departments. The event will be on Tuesday, May 2  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm (rescheduled event from previous bad weather) at E19-202. Pre-registration is requested on CareerBridge.

Panelists — all of whom are PhD alums from MIT — include: Francoise Carré (Research Director, Center for Social Policy at UMass Boston), Patricia Christie (Instructor at MIT Chemistry, Biology), John J. Dolhun (Technical Instructor at MIT Chemistry), Piotr Mitros (Chief Scientist at EdX), and Jessica Tytell (Executive Director for the Biological Design Center at Boston University).

Join the Planning Committee for the MIT Maker Fair!

When: May 6, 2017
Where: 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