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.

IAP Course: Hack your potentiaL – using a growth mindset to succeed at MIT and beyond

Deadline: January 8

Many students arrive at MIT riding on years of academic success and praise from teachers, parents, and colleagues. But what happens when you encounter uncertainty and failure? Have you been in a challenging class where you worry about how others will perceive you if don’t sound “smart” enough? When you fail to achieve a specific goal, how do you manage and overcome discouragement and self-doubt? In this course, we will examine how our own notions of potential and ability can have a fundamental impact on how we approach our work, how much we learn, and how successful we can be in achieving our goals. The course will focus on recent, evidence-based insights regarding human performance, neuroplastictiy, motivation and on how deliberately cultivating a “growth-mindset” can improve our willingness and ability to face challenges and to innovate, despite the risk of failure. This course is limited to 20 students. Please send a brief description of who you are and why you would like to take this course to Lourdes Alemán at You will be notified via e-mail to confirm registration. Registration is open until 1/8. For more information click here.

Call for Applications: Working Group on Potential Post-Election Changes to Federal Law and Policy

When: January 9

The Chancellor has created an ad hoc working group – chaired by Professor Christopher Capozzola and comprised of keenly interested students, faculty, and staff – to monitor and inform the senior administration about changes in federal law and policy that have the potential to limit students’ access to MIT or their ability to thrive here. Action items for the working group include informing themselves on possible changes to federal law and policy that could impact higher education, monitoring any changes in campus climate, identifying opportunities for community engagement, and acting as a resource to senior administration to assist in formulating and evaluating possible actions in response to shifts in law or policy. The Graduate Student Council is seeking a graduate student to serve on the ad hoc working group. If you are interested, please email the GSC Vice President at with a statement of purpose and CV by Monday, Jan 9th.

Art of Behavioral Interviewing

When: January 10
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: 4-270

While your technical skills will get you the interview, it is your behavioral attributes that will get you the job. This session facilitated by Bob Dolan will discuss preparation and strategies for a successful interview. In addition, sample behavioral interview questions will be provided along with tips on how to answer those tough questions. Pre-registration requested via CareerBridge.

Domeyard LP Site Visit

When: January 10
Time: 5 pm -7 pm

Visit Domeyard’s office and learn about high frequency trading and what it’s like to work in the hedge fund industry. Food will be served! Open to Undergrads and Grads from Courses 6, 8, and 18. This visit is sponsored by GECD.

Convert your CV to a 2-page Resume for Industry

When: January 12
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: 4-270

If you are considering exploring Industry positions, you will need to have a resume that effectively positions you for this path. This workshop presented by Bob Dolan will discuss the process of converting your 4-6 page CV into a 2-page resume for industry, and creating a document that effectively targets the Hiring Manager. Can your resume survive a 15 second scan and still get into the YES pile? Discussions will surround the strategies of effective messaging and how to be “on-point” with your written communication. Actual MIT PhD/Postdoc resumes will be provided as handouts. Pre-registration requested via CareerBridge.

Cisco Systems Site Visit

When: January 13
Time: 10:30 pm -12:30 pm

Cisco is a world leader in technology and innovation. They rely on engineers who are innovating in areas like Security, IoT, Video, Networking, and Cloud Computing. Visit the Cambridge office and learn the unique challenges that Cisco is solving. The visit will include talks by senior engineers and recent MIT alum. Open to Undergrads and Grads from Course 6. This visit is sponsored by GECD.

Boston Global Leader Experience – Leadership Development Program

When: 17-20 January 2017
Where: Harvard University, The SOCH

Boston Global Leader Experience is a four-day leadership development program where you further your leadership skills & Cultural Intelligence. We define Cultural Intelligence as the ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures. You will work in small groups to address the Challenge of: “How can you increase civic engagement in your city?”. You will meet & network with leaders from private, public, and non-profit sectors in Boston e.g. Boston Police Department and Goulston & Storrs. The program will involve around 30 students from all fields & levels of study from MIT and Harvard University.

IAP Course 15.339: Distributed Leadership Workshop

When: Any one of three sessions: Jan 17 – 19, Jan 24 – 26,Jan 31 – Feb 2
Where: E62-233
Contact: Express interest and learn more at

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.
8:30am to 6:00pm on Days 1 & 2; 8:30am to 3:30pm on Day 3.

Audible Site Visit

When: January 18
Time: 12 pm – 2:30 pm

Audible, an Amazon subsidiary, is the largest seller and producer of spoken audio entertainment, information and educational programming. Come meet Audible engineers over lunch to learn about both internships and full-time opportunities. The visit will include presentations and demonstrations on how the Cambridge office is innovating media and education including Alexa integration, syncing audio and text and immersion reading. Open to Undergrads and Grads form all courses. This visit is sponsored by GECD.


Deadline: January 20, 2017
When: April 16, 2017
Apply: MITxMake Makerfest booth application

MITxMake is MIT’s student-led makerfest to celebrate maker culture. We connect, educate and entertain attendees with a showcase of innovation, creativity and technology from MIT students, regional makers and tech companies. Showcase your project to the MIT and Boston community at MITxMake on April 16th, 2017. Apply for a booth at the MITxMake Makerfest. Deadline to apply is January 20th, 2017. Contact for any queries.

Conflict Management TRaining

Deadline: January 20
When: Spring 2017
Apply here
Conflict Management@MIT offers a three-tiered conflict management training for all MIT affiliates throughout the year. The training is tiered at 16-hour, 28-hour, and 40-hour levels. The dates, times, and tier descriptions for the spring training are as follows:

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

Tier 1 consists of 16 hours of conflict management training for those interested in learning more about their own orientation towards and engagement with (or avoidance of) conflict. The sessions provide tools and practice for engaging in interpersonal interactions more efficiently and effectively. Topics include negotiation, active listening, receiving feedback, active bystanding, inter-cultural communication, and personal conflict styles.

Tier 2: Conflict Management for Coaching (12 additional hours; 28 hours total)

Conflict Management for Coaching, the second tier in the Conflict Management training, requires the successful completion of the entirety of Tier 1, and is an additional 12 hours of in-class time for participants who are in the role of supporting others through one-on-one interactions. Topics include conflict coaching, mindfulness, boundary-setting, as well as a module on privacy vs. confidentiality in one-on-one interactions.

Tier 3: Conflict Management for Advanced Practice (12 additional hours; 40 hours total) 

Tier 3 is the entire 40-hour training, which includes Conflict Management for Self-Reflection and Conflict Management for Coaching, and adds an additional 12 hours of formal mediation instruction and practice. Participants will be coached throughout the Advanced Practice sessions by professional mediators and coaches.

After completion of each successive tier, participants will receive a Certificate of Participation in recognition of their efforts; those completing the 40-hour training will also receive a Mediation certificate. Please note that all Tiers take the training together in the same cohort. Participants may opt to take successive tiers at different times. There is no charge for current students; a fee applies to all faculty, staff, and others affiliated with MIT. Tuition reimbursement is available for MIT employees. MIT community members will be given priority. Non-MIT members please inquire for training rates at

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

Using Improv to Help With Public Speaking and Leadership

When: January 23
Time: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: E25 -117

That awkward moment in a presentation where someone asks a really weird question. A student in class who poses an off-the-wall idea while you are presenting. Fear of what a committee member may ask in your thesis defense. Wondering how to define leadership. This improv workshop will help develop skills to respond to such situations and will also explore aspects of responding to the unexpected that come up when giving a talk.

We will be doing improv comedy exercises to develop a comfort with engaging others. These activities will also connect to aspects of effective leadership. Participants should expect to participate in improv comedy exercises with attendees. 20 Student Limit; Open to graduate students. Advanced Registration Requested via CareerBridge (sign-in required). Sponsored by the Graduate Student Council and MIT Global Education and Career Development (GECD). Workshop facilitated by Jake Livengood at GECD.
(If registration limit has been met, please email Jake Livengood to be added to the wait list at

IAP Science & Technology Policy Bootcamp

When: January 23-27, 2017
Where: apply here 

Apply to the 2017 Science & Technology Policy Bootcamp taught by Bill Bonvillian, the Director of the MIT Washington D.C. Office. The course will run from January 23 to January 27, 2017. Applications are due December 12, 2016. Apply here.

21G.217: Workshop in Strategies for Effective Teaching (ELS)

Instructor: A.C. Kemp
Time: 4:00 – 6:30pm
Location: 14N-225
Schedule: MTWRF January 23-27, 2017. Students are expected to attend all sessions.
This is an intensive workshop for international teaching assistants that covers special problems in teaching when English is a second language and the USA a second culture. Practice sessions are videotaped for feedback. Individualized programs will meet different needs. Graduate TAs have priority. The workshop is limited to 14 participants. No listeners.

Level: G 1-0-2 units
Standard A-F grading.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Site Visit

When: January 27
Time: 10:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that aims to discover, develop and commercialize medicines so that people with serious diseases can lead better lives. The visit will include an overview of Vertex, walkthrough of the building, a panel of Vertex staff members from various teams and lunch. Open to Undergrads and Grads from all courses.This visit is sponsored by GECD.

MIT European Career Fair Resume Submission

When: February 24
Where: https://ecf.fairsey. com/

The registration for the MIT European Career Fair (ECF) 2017 is now open. This career fair provides opportunities to connect with European recruiters in the research, finance and technology sectors. You can find summer internships, entry levels and advanced advanced levels.Register now so that you can browse the job list and the recruiters can schedule meetings and interviews with you on MIT campus. Register here. Early access jobs will be listed on January 15. Contact for questions.

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

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