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.


Call for Applications: The Engine Ad Hoc Working Groups

Deadline: Monday, November 28
Contact: Angie Crews (

MIT will be forming four ad hoc working groups related to MIT’s recent launch of The Engine, as streamlining MIT policies and procedures in these areas will be critical to The Engine’s success.
Access to MIT equipment and facilities:
Building on the MIT Mobius platform, we are launching the Engine Room to enable the Institute and the surrounding regional entities to make space, equipment and specialized expertise available to local entrepreneurs, with the goal of drastically improving access for early-stage endeavors. The Engine will work with partners/hosts to establish terms of access as opposed to each startup needing to negotiate individual terms. The Facilities Access Working Group will work through issues surrounding access to specialized equipment and services at MIT. These may include establishing a system to certify that startup personnel have the qualifications and training needed to use requested equipment; determining how startup use of equipment is prioritized among internal MIT needs; reviewing fee structures for outside usage in comparison to internal users; and considering questions surrounding intellectual property. This may also include evaluation of opportunities to create an open access consortium, similar to the one created at Western University, for participating universities.
Streamlining technology licensing:
The Technology Licensing Working Group will propose opportunities for MIT to facilitate the appropriate level of licensing and alternative options at targeted times in the development cycle, with the goal of expediting approvals and minimizing patent costs. The group will also evaluate opportunities for new models for research contracts that would facilitate work with MIT startups.
Conflict of interest:
MIT policies and procedures are designed to mitigate real or perceived conflicts of interest (COI) and ensure that activities do not conflict with obligations to MIT. A conflict of interest can be any situation in which financial or other personal considerations have the potential to compromise professional judgment and objectivity. The Conflict of Interest Working Group will discuss the potential conflicts of interest that might arise for MIT’s faculty, students and staff participating in the launch of startups through The Engine, or in advisory committees or faculty review panels involved in this effort, and recommend ways to mitigate these conflicts.This working group will develop recommendations managing conflicts of interest when participants are faculty or students at MIT who are also working on a startup that is participating in The Engine.
Enabling visas for MIT entrepreneurs:
The Working Group on Visas for Entrepreneurs will examine opportunities to facilitate timely visas to allow international students and researchers to remain in the United States to pursue entrepreneurial activities after the completion of graduate study and / or postdoctoral work at MIT. The initial effort will be focused on facilitating opportunities for those accepted into The Engine program.
These working groups will convene in early December and complete their work by early March. We have one graduate student opening on each of the committees. If you’re interested in representing graduate students in any of these working groups, please submit your CV and a brief statement of purpose that includes your order of preference for serving on the four committees to GSC Vice President Angie Crews ( by Monday, November 28th


When: November 30
Where: E40-163
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Register: SloanGroups, EventBrite

Interested in entrepreneurship or launching a start-up taking on the world’s most pressing social issues with $1M? Join or create a team and compete to win the Hult Prize. The 2017 challenge, introduced by President Clinton, is to build a sustainable, scalable social enterprise that restores the rights and dignity of 10 million refugees by 2022. If you have an idea, want to join a team or just learn more, come to our upcoming workshops. Take advantage and meet other people within the MIT community who are also committed to social change! If you have a team, go to our website and register your team. If you do not have a team, please e-mail Gabi Werneck ( or Marisa DeAngelis ( The final pitch competition will be on December 7 at E40-163, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm.

Presidential Management Fellows Program: applications now open

Deadline: December 1

The PMF Class of 2017 application period opened on Friday, November 18th and closes on December 1st. The PMF Program is perfect for talented professionals who want to make a difference by strengthening our government institutions. This class of Fellows will work on policies and programs that directly impact the welfare of our Nation’s citizens. From national security to environmental protection to housing programs, Fellows are placed into jobs that challenge them to find new solutions to the complex challenges of government and learn the leadership skills they need to build a successful career.

This year, the PMF Program Office is working very closely with agencies to place Finalists into positions as soon as the selections are made. We are on target to announce 2017 Finalists in early January and soon after that, we will host our virtual hiring event.

This year through our workforce planning efforts, we reached out to agencies and also worked with our Pathways Program Office to identify the occupations that agencies are looking to hire this year, which are listed below:
·       Architects
·       Auditors
·       Biologists
·       Contract Specialists
·       Cyber Security Experts
·       Economists
·       Emergency Management Specialists
·       Engineers
·       Financial Professionals
·       Human Resources Professionals
·       IT Specialists
·       Management & Program Analysts
·       Medical Professionals
·       Privacy Specialists
·       Scientists
·       Statistician

Future of People Conference

When: December 3 2016
Where: Media lab
Time: 7:00 am – 7:30 pm

Do you wonder how the latest revolutions in science and technology will impact the future of the human body, mind, and society? And how this is going to impact your life and your career? We do too and believe it is crucial for more people to think, build and share more innovative visions of our future. We would love to welcome you to the “FUTURE OF PEOPLE” conference on Dec 3rd 2016 at, and in partnership with, the MIT Media Lab. Join the audience of 400 smart and curious students, designers, faculty, scientists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and futurists to explore and shape humanity’s new frontiers.Get you ticket NOW! We look forward to sharing a brighter future! Questions? Contact

International Innovation Corps – University of Chicago

Deadline: January 20, 2017 at 11:59 pm CST

The International Innovation Corps (IIC) offers a unique opportunity for graduates from the University of Chicago, other US universities, and top tier Indian Universities to play an active role in building and implementing innovative solutions to some of the toughest challenges facing governments today. The IIC is a University program based in the Harris School of Public Policy. It is open to graduates from across divisions and graduates from all US and Indian universities. Are you ready to join the next generation of global leaders and use creative solutions to solve critical development problems? If so, consider becoming an IIC Project Associate. Imagine contributing to a project that would improve the quality of education for up to 10,000 primary school students or provide renewable power and sustainable water sources to thousands of farmers. As an IIC Project Associate you will work with a partner institution to complete a project that impacts social outcomes such as these. In the process of tackling these big challenges, you will grow personally, expand professionally, and learn how to rapidly innovate and implement solutions in complex settings.

The IIC is open to recent and forthcoming UChicago graduates of the College and any graduate degree program. For the first time this year, IIC also welcomes applications from outside UChicago. Applicants for the 2017-2018 Program must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Class of 2017 college graduates
  • Recent alumni graduates of undergraduate college programs
  • 2017 graduates of all graduate degree program, including Masters, PhDs, JDs, MBAs and MDs
  • Current students in a graduate degree program who will not be completing their program in 2017 but want to take a gap year

Join the Planning Committee for the MIT Maker Fair!

When: May 6th, 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