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.

Idaho National Laboratory: What do nuclear energy and Cybersecurity Have in Common?

When: Wednesday, February 15
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: 32-124

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is at the forefront of identifying solutions to some of our nation’s greatest energy challenges. As the lead national laboratory for nuclear energy technology, our research yields technically achievable, economically competitive and environmentally sustainable options for the entire nuclear energy enterprise. This work includes the development and implementation of cybersecurity technologies that enable plants to operate safely and efficiently. Come and hear directly from two MIT alumni and INL research leaders about the career paths that paves the way for their leadership roles in our nation’s energy technologies and cybersecurity research. Food will be provided! Open to both Undergraduate and Graduates. Advanced registration is requested via CareerBridge.

Teaching Fellow Positions – Academic Year 2017-2018

Deadline: February 15

Sciences Po welcomes applications from post-doctoral and doctoral students close to their thesis submission for teaching positions on one of its three Anglophone undergraduate campuses in France: Reims, Menton or Le Havre. Each campus focuses on a world region and offers a 3-year Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology Law and Humanities.

Responsibilities: In addition to pursuing your research you will be asked to teach 3 courses per semester. You will also be required to hold regular office hours.
Length of stay: Preferred start date: August 22nd, 2017. Priority is given to applicants able to commit to one full academic year, but applications for one semester will be considered. Each semester term runs for 12 weeks: the fall term begins in September and ends in December, the spring term begins in late January and ends in early May. See academiccalendar for more details
Compensation and benefits: Salary of € 1600 /month (net, approximately $1749) from
August 22nd 2017 to May 22nd 2018. Full health benefits through the French national
system. Access to resources and facilities on all Sciences Po campuses. The contract may beeligible for extension, subject to a performance review and depending on institutional need.
Requirements: Successful applicants will have completed their PhD – or will submit their
doctoral thesis imminently – in one of Sciences Po’s core fields (History, Political Science,
Economics, Sociology or Law). Their research and teaching interests should be relevant to the regional focus of the chosen campus. Previous teaching experience is strongly preferred and English proficiency is mandatory. The ability to speak French or other non-English languages for purposes of student advising, research, and teaching will be considered a plus.
Application Process: Please send the following application documents by February 15th, 2017 to :

  • Cover letter/ statement of interest. In addition to research interests, please include a
    brief statement of teaching experience and philosophy.
  • Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications)

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.

Introverts’ Leadership Strengths: Quiet Power talk by Dr. Heidi Kasevich

When: February 27
Location: E25-111
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join Dr. Heidi Kasevich of Quiet Revolution who will discuss our current understanding of the introversion-extroversion spectrum and how we can use self-awareness, along with existing data, to optimize our ability to lead in today’s world. In addition to the known connection of introversion response to outside stimulus, Dr. Kasevich will also discuss biological differences in decision making. Snacks will be provided. Registration requested on CareerBridge. (go to events tab). Registrants will be provided access to the Quiet Revolution assessment tool for a personal evaluation of where they fall on the introversion-extroversion spectrum.

MIT Global Startup Workshop Business Plan Competition

When: March 27-29
Where: Factoría Italia in Santiago
Apply: link
Deadline: January 31

The MIT Global Startup Workshop (GSW) is an annual 3-day conference connecting 400 highly motivated students, young professionals, and early stage startups, with mentors from around the world: venture investors, CEOs, tech and innovation leaders, and successful entrepreneurs. This year, we are coming to Chile! The conference will take place March 27-29, 2017 at the Factoría Italia in Santiago, in partnership with Ideas Factory and Universidad de Chile. As part of the conference, our annual Business Plan Competition provides student entrepreneurs or aspiring business owners with the opportunity to gain seed money needed to take companies to the next level. In addition to meeting other like-minded people at the conference and improving upon your business plan, as a finalist, the competition offers you the opportunity to:

  • Compete against 10 teams from all around the world
  • Receive direct feedback for improving your idea from experienced judges and mentors
  • Have a chance to win up to $10,000 in seed money to launch your startup.

The deadline for applying to the Business Plan Competition has been extended to January 31, 2017. Finalists will be announced in mid-February to take part in the final round. Apply here for a chance to win and grow your business!
For more information on the GSW conference, visit us at or contact us at

 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

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.

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