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.

Regular Events

Grad Admissions Blog IAP Workshop

When: Deadline Dec 17
Where: MIT campus, room TBD
The MIT Graduate Admissions Blog is excited to announce its second IAP workshop on blog writing. Attend a 3-day blogging workshop: January 16, 18, 23 from 9-11am. Write two blog pieces and earn $200 upon completion of posts. Opportunity to continue writing pieces for $100/piece. If you would like to participate, fill out the application by December 17th.

New Master’s in STEM Teaching Webinar

When: Dec 19 from 6 PM – 7 PM
Where: Online
Are you thinking about becoming a STEM teacher? Consider the WW Academy: a new graduate school of education created in collaboration with MIT. The Academy is transforming teacher prep for the 21st century. Candidates will be required to demonstrate skills instead of accumulating credits. Master’s degree candidates will prepare for licensure—in bio, chem, or math—and help design tools for the modern classroom. The WW Academy’s mastery-based curriculum blends live classroom practice, faculty mentorship, simulations, game-based learning, and online learning. To learn more about the program, log on to our online webinar. At 6pm on December 19, click the link provided to join (use pw ‘teach’ if needed).

Solar Energy Innovators Program

Are you part of the next generation of scientific leaders in solar energy? Or do you know someone who is? If so, apply today (or share the link!) for the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Solar Energy Innovators Program ( ORISE is currently accepting applications until the January 8, 2018 deadline. This opportunity funds researchers to explore innovative solutions to the challenges faced by electric utilities, electric public utility commissions (PUCs), and energy service providers as the deployment of solar energy, as well as other distributed energy resources (DERs), increase on the electrical grid. Participants are expected to apply the expertise gained from their education and research experiences to assist in developing and supporting new and ongoing projects at their respective Host Institution (utility, energy service company, or PUC). Applicants must have a commitment from the proposed Host Institution at the time of application and should have recently obtained a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree or be mid-career experts in fields relevant to electricity generation, transmission, or distribution. Relevant fields include but are not limited to science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, economics, business, and law. Those selected will receive an annual stipend, allowances for health insurance and research-related expenses, and limited reimbursement for relocation expenses. For more information please visit:

Tufts Teaching Opportunity for Fall 2018

When: The deadline to apply is: Monday, January 8, 2018
Where: Classroom setting at the Tufts Medford/Somerville campus

The Experimental College invites professionals and graduate students to apply as Visiting Lecturers for the Fall 2018 semester.

Graduate students in particular are always looking for opportunities to teach in their area of expertise, and the Experimental College at Tufts University is a place where that can happen. If this opportunity sounds like a good fit for someone you know, please help us spread the word by including the announcement in departmental newsletters or other communications.

Applicants will:
Design an undergraduate elective course
Explore interdisciplinary subjects
Examine contemporary issues and ideas
Use innovative teaching methods
ExCollege courses seek to complement – rather than duplicate – classes being offered in the traditional departments.

Up to fifteen courses will be chosen from a very competitive pool. Classes meet for 2.5 hours in the evening, once a week, over thirteen weeks. They are usually kept to less than twenty students and are discussion/participation oriented. Courses are usually taught in a classroom setting at the Tufts Medford/Somerville campus.

In the past, each Experimental College course has carried an honorarium of $4,500.00 per course, whether individually or team-taught.

The Fall 2018 semester begins September 4, 2018 and classes end on December 10, 2018.

Read the complete job posting and apply via Interfolio at:

Applications must be uploaded through Interfolio with these four documents: a biographical statement, course description, syllabus, and resume/CV.

The deadline to apply is: Monday, January 8, 2018.

For more information, and examples of courses offered, go to, or call 617-627-3384, or email us at

Are you someone who is interested in designing the first year at MIT? We have a class for that

When: Enroll in Spring 2018 course (G) 2.S990 CMS.S99
Where: Mondays & Wednesdays 9:30-11 a.m. in 56-154 (lectures) and 66-168 (for breakout sessions)
Interested in re-imagining the first year at MIT? We have a class for that. With peers and faculty from across MIT, you can develop skills in deign, learning science, and communications. Present your final project to the senior administration

Leading Creative Teams*: 6.928J/16.990J (Open to all graduate students)

When: Spring 2018, Fridays, 9:30am-12:30pm
Contact: David Nino (
Spring 2018, Fridays, 9:30am-12:30pm
Prereq: None
9 Units: G 3-0-6
Instructor: David Nino (
The two most sought after skills by employers are leadership and the ability to work in teams. Our class will equip you with these valuable skills and others needed in today’s fast changing professional environments:
Discover and develop your leadership strengths
Build interpersonal and teaming skills
Become a more creative problem solver
Enrollment is limited, so register now!
For more info:
*Students have successfully used this course to count towards their doctoral minor.

GRT/GRA Applications are now open for the 2018-2019 year!

When: Dec 13, Jan 16, Jan 22
Where: (6PM Ashdown NW35), (6PM Stata 32-144), (12PM 32-144)
We are recruiting applicants for Graduate Resident Tutor and Graduate Resident Advisor positions for the 2018-2019 academic year. We have multiple positions in both our Undergraduate House communities as we as our Fraternity, Sorority, and Independent living Group communities. If you know anyone who would be a great candidate please share this with them and have any interested person apply at Any questions can be sent to

IAP Course 15.339: Distributed Leadership Workshop

When: Anyone of these three sessions: Jan 8 – 10, Jan 16 – 18, Jan 23 – Jan 25
Where: E62-233
Interested developing your leadership capabilities through group discussions, exercises and reflection? Come to the same course offered to senior executives through Sloan executive education! Open to graduate students from all MIT departments. Learn more: 8:30am to 6:00pm on Days 1 & 2; 8:30am to 3:30pm on Day 3

IAP Graduate Workshops, “Developing Leadership in Yourself and Others”

When: Anyone of these three sessions: Jan 18, Jan 23, Jan 25,  Jan 30

Instructor: David Nino (

Join us for this workshop series designed for MIT graduate students interested in “making a positive difference” in their chosen fields. Grounded in research but experimental and engaging in delivery, these workshops will build practical skills that apply to engineering and technology environments. See attachment for more detailed course descriptions.

* Schedule:

Leading New Teams
Learn to mobilize and launch “real teams.”
January 18 (Thursday), 12:30-4:30pm, 4-149

Motivating and Developing Others
Gain tools for “bringing out the best” in team members.
January 23 (Tuesday), 12:30-4:30pm, 3-442
Mastering Constructive Conflict
Learn how to leverage conflict to create positive team outcomes.
January 25 (Thursday), 12:30-4:30pm, 4-149
Discovering and Developing Your Leadership Strengths
Build self-awareness for inventing your unique leadership paths.
January 30 (Tuesday), 12:30-4:30pm, 4-149This series is offered through the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership (GEL) Program in collaboration with the Graduate Student Council. Students are welcome to attend some or all of these workshops. Those who attend the entire series will receive a special acknowledgement from the GEL Program.*For more information, please visit our website.To Register: Email Lisa Stagnone (

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