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.

Become a graduate community fellow

Interested in joining a cadre of graduate students who work on projects and assignments that enhance graduate community in unique ways? Limited openings are still available for 2015-16 Graduate Community Fellows. Receive a monthly stipend while you gain experience. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis. Open positions include:

  • Violence Prevention and Response Programming Development
  • Graduate Orientation: position available for summer/fall 2016

For additional information, please see the positions website. Apply now!

Boost Your Professional Presence: The Art of Being Confident

Date: May 17th, 2016

Successful women recognize their strengths and communicate with confidence. Believing in yourself, and knowing how to present yourself and your ideas confidently is key to feeling empowered in your professional and personal life. In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to boost your professional presence and confidence for networking, interviewing, and presenting your ideas. You will get a clearer picture of your values and strengths, and learn how to tap into your presence and confidence using both your thoughts and body. By the end of the evening, you will not only feel more empowered, but also have concrete tools to use in everyday life. Join us on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 6 PM in the Olympus Room of The Broad Institute, Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA for this empowering event. Dinner and drinks will be provided.  Registration is required, sign-in upon arrival.

Deb Elbaum, MD, CPCC, ACC, is a certified career and life coach, author, and speaker. She works with professionals in career transition to help them get clear about their choices, build their confidence, trust their decisions, and create intentional change. She is the author of “Making Moments Count,” a chapter in the recently published Coaching for Powerful Change by Diane Hayden. Deb speaks to organizations in the greater Boston area, and is a  workshop facilitator for the Institute for Career Transitions at MIT. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and her MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Her coaching certifications are from the Coaches Training Institute and the International Coach Federation.

Naturejobs Career Expo

Date: May 18th, 2016

The Naturejobs Career Expo 2016, hosted for the third time in Boston, Massachusetts, offers talented researchers an excellent opportunity to meet a diverse selection of national and international employers from academic institutions and scientific industries, such as pharmaceutical organizations, digital technology companies, science publishing and more.

This year’s free one day event will be held on May 18, 2016 at the Back Bay Events Center in Boston and offers you a chance to:

–Attend exclusive conferences and workshops

–Meet employers face-to-face

–Networking with leading scientific institutions of your interest

–Benefit from free one-to-one resume checking

–Learn how to enhance your employability

–Maximize your career prospects.

More information and registration. Contact with any questions.

ASML phd master class‏

Date: May 19-21, 2016

ASML is hosting the fourth edition of the master class at our head office in the Netherlands. We have room for 60 excellent (technical) PhD students who are in their final year or have max two years of experience (industry or academia) after completion of the PhD. During the PhD Master Class, we will be showcasing some of the fascinating and extreme technology challenges that we are currently facing. They will experience our way of doing things and get a strong impression of the ASML culture. For three days, they are invited you to use their “brilliant mind” in a team-based workshop aimed at cracking those challenges. We will also be setting up personal exploration interviews to get them  acquainted with ASML and they will meet peers from all over the world.
More information on the event can be found at the website. 
Deadline for registration is February 28th.

IDEA² Global: Call for Projects

Date: May 30th, 2016

IDEA² Global provides mentoring and connections to biomedical innovators around the world to develop their project ideas and to provide the expertise to realize them.  It is especially valuable for trainees,  early-stage professionals and those who have few opportunities in their normal work to participate in innovation projects. Each 6-month edition of IDEA² recruits new project teams of one or more individuals, and provides innovation training, presentation skill building, and team-specific mentorship and guidance by internationally-recognized experts. Teams who complete IDEA² have projects more clearly focused on a driving medical need, a broader network of connections, and improved ability to compete for collaborators and funding. IDEA² Global is based on two prior programs, IDEA² at Harvard-MIT HST, and IDEA² Madrid, a program of the Madrid–MIT M+Visión Consortium.

Who is eligible?

Any individual or groups who have an idea for a biomedical research project or business concept. Individuals or at least 1 member of a team must be available for the Final Presentation in Boston on November 16-17, 2016.

Check out our FAQ for more information and to apply!
Project applications due May 30, 2016!

MIT-SUTD Collaboration and LeaderShape Institute

May 31 – June 5, 2016

The LeaderShape Institute is an intense 6-day leadership program guaranteed to expand your skills in leading with integrity. The Leadership Institute is interested in recruiting Cluster Facilitators and an On-Site Coordinator for May 31, 2016 – June 5, 2016. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with students from MIT and the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Room and board provided plus competitive compensation.

The On-Site Coordinators serve as an important member of The LeaderShape Institute team. They will carry out logistical and conference management tasks which are crucial to the success of the program. The On-Site Coordinators will work alongside the facilitators to help ensure success while staying one step ahead of the curriculum so that all of the details are organized at the beginning of each program piece. He or she works in partnership with Lead and Cluster Facilitators to ensure the success of the program and is responsible for organizing the materials for both faculty and participants. If you are interested, please contact with your resume.

You can read about our latest alumni working at the New York Times or Palantir.  For additional information, checkout our blog, Venture Beat article, or Harvard Business Review piece.

Summer Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

Date: June 6th-July 29th, 2016

The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares Masters, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM + 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. There will be both an in-person (in NYC, DC, SF) and online section of the fellowship. There is a common application for both the online and in-person sections. Dates: All sections will be from June 6th-July 29th, 2016. Anyone within one year of graduating from a masters or PhD program or who has already obtained 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. You can read about our latest alumni working at the New York Times or Palantir. For additional information, checkout our blog, Venture Beat article, or Harvard Business Review piece.

Three Tier Conflict Management Training‏

Date: August 1-12st, 2016

Join Conflict Management @ MIT for exciting modules and training sessions on Negotiation, Giving and Receiving Feedback, Inter-cultural Communication, Dealing With Emotions and Conflict Coaching. The training is tiered at 16-hour, 28-hour, and 40-hour levels, and will be as follows:

Tier 1: Conflict Management for Self-Reflection (16 hours total)

Tier 2: Conflict Management for Leadership (28 hours total)

Tier 3: Conflict Management for Advanced Practice (40 hours total)

Applications are due May 27th for an August 1st start date. For more information and to apply, visit the MIT Student Life site or e-mail

NASA Space Grant Robotics Fellow @ the MIT Museum

Date: Mid-June-August

  • The MIT Museum is seeking an experienced individual to help refresh its robotics curriculum with LEGO EV3 and NXT robots.
  • This interactive educational experience will be used with 6-12th grade students in an informal learning setting and integrate current CSAIL research.
  • The Fellow will be responsible for testing and assessing elements of the workshop with visitors on and off gallery.
  • Successful candidates should have 2+ years of experience programming and teaching with LEGO Mindstorms.
  • This is a part-time position (20 hours/week) from June to mid/late August. Salary, $15-$18. Please send cover letter and resume to

Contact with any questions.