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.

Laureates & Leaders Graduate Student Mentoring Initiative

When: Now!
Contactlaureatesleaders@mit.edu
URLhttps://ome.mit.edu/programs-services/laureates-leaders-graduate-student-mentoring-initiative

Sign up to informally mentor a URM undergrad interested in pursuing graduate school in STEM. There is no formal time commitment. Laureates & Leaders staff can connect undergrads with you as they need. All courses are welcome. Laureates & Leaders participants typically major in Courses 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 18, and 20. Laureates & Leaders can reimburse for small incidentals to help facilitate mentoring relationships, such as coffee, pastries, etc.

 

 

informational interviewing 101

When: October 19, 2017
Time: 2.30-3.30 pm
Where: E19-202

Informational interviewing is an effective, low-pressure form of networking, and a valuable tool for both career exploration and job search. Come learn the basics of informational interviewing, including who to speak with, how to set one up, potential questions to ask, and tips on how to make the most of informational interviews. Pre-registration requested on Careerbridge.

CoSI Lecture with Professor Kerry Emanuel

When: Oct 19 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Sidney-Pacific (NW86) MP Room
Contactsp-cosi-chair@mit.edu
URLhttp://s-p.mit.edu/

What do Hurricanes Harvey and Irma portend? Join us for the second CoSI lecture this semester. We’ve invited Professor Kerry Emanuel, a world renowned hurricane expert, to talk about the recent tragic hurricane surges.

Apply for a funded Public Service Fellowship for IAP 2017

When: Application Deadline: October 20 at noon
Where: PKG Center W20-549
Contact: hynd@mit.edu
The PKG Center’s Fellowships program supports MIT students working on capacity-building service projects in the US and abroad. Students work with community-focused organizations including non-profits and social enterprises. These can include a student’s own social enterprise. What can you do? Follow your passion and benefit a community in need! You can create your own project, continue enterprise work already started, or intern with a service organization. Application Workshops: Thurs. March 16 12:30-1:30pm; Tues. 17 12:30-1:30pm; Thurs. October 19 12:30pm-1:30pm. Where: PKG Center (W20-549) Conf. Rm.

HACKING ARTS: Volunteer in exchange for free admission!

When:  Deadline: Apply by 11:59pm, this Friday 10/20
Contactannecai@mit.edu
URLhttps://goo.gl/forms/LpJRfIHvhVuGHCmY2

Hacking Arts conference, tech expo, and hackathon will be on 11/11 and 11/12 at the MIT Media Lab. Volunteers will get free admission. This is an interest application, and we will reach out separately to schedule and confirm
See http://hackingarts.com/ for more information about the event.

INFINITE CAREERS ALUMNI SPEAKER SERIES: KEVIN CEDRONE

When: October 24, 6pm
Where: 66-168

The Infinite Careers speaker series features alumni from various courses and career paths to highlight the endless possibilities that await after graduation. Are you a freshmen or sophomore? Come explore potential majors and careers! Are you an upperclassman or graduate student? Come network and learn about your industries of interest!
 
The speaker for this event is Kevin Cedrone. Kevin holds a master’s degree and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He is Co-founder/CEO of EB Innovations LLC. Previous positions include working as a R&D Engineer at Formlabs and Research Assistant at MIT. View more information about Kevin at the following link:
 
Space is limited to 15 attendees. Lunch will be served. Pre-registration required on Career Bridge. Here is the Direct link to register. 

INTRODUCTION TO INVESTING

When: October 26, 12-1pm
Where: Moore Room (6-321)

Have a little extra money? Hear from Adam Grenier CFP, Fidelity Investments, on how to invest it! Pizza will be served! This presentation is part of the series of OGE’s Financial Literacy Workshop focused on promoting financial literacy among graduate students.

 

Become a Women’s Initiative co-director!

When: Application timeline: Now – 26th October’17 (by 11:59pm)
Contactwi-directors@mit.edu
URLhttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeJ3Jn09qjkOceIMtb5SGAdhyT3HJ7-zHZDpqIg0UTJ3xo5Cw/viewform

Women comprise only 24% of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals. The MIT Women’s Initiative is a student group that aims to address the gender discrepancy in STEM. Each IAP, our club travels to under-privileged school districts in the United States to give presentations about STEM to middle and high school girls. Locations have included Washington, Hawaii, Miami, Alaska, and San Francisco. Co-directors get first pick on location! Website: http://web.mit.edu/wi/. Also look us up on facebook.

Grad Student Open House @ the MIT Museum

When: Oct 30 from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: MIT Museum (265 Mass Ave)
Do you have a passion for sharing science with others? Are you looking for unique volunteer opportunities to work with children and/or adults? Or, do you just want a chance to explore a world-renowned museum after hours? Come visit the MIT Museum on October 30, explore the galleries and talk with our staff and volunteers about your outreach interests. This open house is just for MIT grad students! Free food! Hands-on activities! Fun science! Join us!

MindHandHeart Innovation Fund

When: Apply by October 31st!
Contactmaisieob@mit.edu
URLhttp://mindhandheart.mit.edu/innovation-fund

Have an idea to make MIT a more welcoming, healthy, inclusive, equitable, supportive, caring, humane, connected, or inviting place? Apply to the MindHandHeart Innovation Fund by October 31st! Info Sessions: Oct 11th 12:30-1:30PM (5-232) and Oct 24th 12:30-1:30 (5-135). More info: mindhandheart.mit.edu/innovationfund

GEMS Certificate Program Info Session

When: Nov 6 from, 10 AM – 11 AM
Where: MIT, E25-401
Calling MIT Ph.D. students! Do you want first-hand clinical experiences to see where engineering and science meet real-world healthcare? Do you want to build a professional network that includes physicians and physician-scientists from the Harvard medical community? Are you early in your program and interested in ideas for medically-relevant thesis research?
Then GEMS may be for you! Graduate Education in Medical Sciences (GEMS) is a part-time certificate program to supplement existing MIT Ph.D. curricula. Visit this page for more information.

APPLY TO Chicago Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program

When: Apply by November 6, midnight
Application linkhere

The Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City of Chicago is in the process of recruiting graduate students for the 2018 Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program.

The Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program is a wonderful opportunity for graduate students in any concentration who will be enrolled during the summer and are interested in local government and public policy. Fellows have the opportunity to learn about municipal government and participate in a unique, hands-on experience in the development of new policy and program initiatives. Participants research policies and evaluate their potential benefit to Chicago, draft memoranda for Mayor’s Office senior staff on upcoming issues and new initiatives, and participate in a variety of talks and tours that provide insight into how City government operates.

Selection Process 

This year, the Mayor’s Office will again be participating in the two-step application process. Prospective Fellows should apply here. Initial applications will be screened for qualification and applicants will be selected to move on to the Second Step of the application process which includes submitting:  a written response to a policy problem and a personal statement to the Mayor’s Office directly. Applicants who reach the Second Step will also be interviewed and based on the results of the interview process and written documents, a final selection of fellows will be made. Specific details can be found here.

Candidates are selected on a nationwide basis from public and private colleges and universities. Candidates must be current students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0 on a 5.0 scale. Fellows are not classified as full-time employees. Residency in the City of Chicago is required upon starting the fellowship program. Relocation is at the applicant’s expense. Fellows are paid at a rate of $20 per hour.

International students must have an F-1 Student Visa and must be a full-time student. International students are required to have a social security number/card which states “VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION.”

Students who are Deferred Action Recipients are eligible to apply. Students must provide their Employment Authorization Document at the time of hire. In addition, if a student is selected for a Fellowship Position, they must also have a social security card.  If they do not have a social security card, they can obtain one by following the instructions on this link:  http://www.socialsecurity. gov/pubs/deferred_action.pdf

The application period will close on Monday, November 6, 2017, at 11:59:59 p.m.

For further information, please contact Margaret Gach, Director of the Fellowship Program at margaret.gach@cityofchicago.org.

2018 Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship Competition

Deadline: November 7
URL: http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/idrf-fellowship/

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Sixty-eight fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $21,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.

ENGINEERING CAREER FAIR COLLABORATIVE

When: November 15, 5.30-6p
Where: 
Sheraton Commander Hotel(16 Garden Street)

Sponsored by the career offices of Harvard University, Boston University College of Engineering, Olin College, Tufts University, and MIT. 
Meet representatives from small engineering firms across the area seeking engineering students for full-time and internship opportunities in innovative fields including robotics, energy, medical devices, and civil/environmental design. All levels of engineering students from the five sponsoring institutions are invited to attend. Registration is required as attendance is capped for each participating university.

WORKSHOP ON PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT

When: November 16, 12-1pm
Where: Moore Room (6-321)

It’s never too soon to think about retirement! Attend the workshop on retirement by Ryan Shorey CFP, Fidelity Investments. Let Ryan help guide you. Pizza will be served! This presentation is part of the series of OGE’s Financial Literacy Workshop focused on promoting financial literacy among graduate students.
BUDGETING STRATEGIES
When: November 16, 12-1pm
Where:
Moore Room (6-321)
Jennifer Hu, OGE Graduate Community Fellow will offer a session on budgeting, just in time for the holidays! Pizza will be served! This presentation is part of the series of OGE’s Financial Literacy Workshop focused on promoting financial literacy among graduate students.

ENGINEERING CAREER FAIR COLLABORATIVE

When: November 16, 3.30-6pm
Where:
Sheraton Commander Hotel(16 Garden Street)
Sponsored by the career offices of Harvard University, Boston University College of Engineering, Olin College, Tufts University, and MIT. 
Meet representatives from small engineering firms across the area seeking engineering students for full-time and internship opportunities in innovative fields including robotics, energy, medical devices, and civil/environmental design. All levels of engineering students from the five sponsoring institutions are invited to attend. Registration is required as attendance is capped for each participating university.
 
Find out more information about other career fairs here at MIT.
 MIT ESP: Teach Anything for Splash!
When: November 18-19 9AM-9PM
Where: MIT campus

Splash 2017 runs Nov. 18-19, register by Sept. 29 to teach classes to motivated high school students! 3000 high schoolers will arrive on campus for a weekend of classes on anything and everything — all taught by MIT students and community members! Past classes have included The Chemistry of Tie Dye, Introduction to Pulsars, How to Read Hebrew, and Experimentation with Cookies. Teacher benefits include a weekend of free food, t-shirts, and the joy of teaching! We also provide teacher orientations if you’ve never taught for us. You can find more information about Splash at esp.mit.edu/splash_info, register to teach at esp.mit.edu/gs_teachforsplash and send us any questions at splash@mit.edu

GEMS Certificate Program Info Session

When: Application Deadline: November 27
Turn your vision into reality! All undergraduates and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Leadershape is for participants committed to taking their leadership abilities to the next level. The program is a six-day immersion program that challenges participants to lead with integrity while working towards a vision grounded in their deepest values. Participants explore what they want to do and who they want to be.

LeaderShape Institute MIT 2018

When: Application Deadline: November 27, and January 16
Contacterthomps@mit.edu
URLhttps://studentlife.mit.edu/pkgcenter/leap

4-day, off-campus retreat in Sharon, MA during IAP 2018 (January 14-17) Application available 10/2- 11/27, 2017 and takes only 10 minutes to complete. Historically has only been open to undergraduates but this year it is open to graduate students for the first time! The LeaderShape Institute’s mission is to produce a breakthrough in the leadership capacity of its participants. Conducted more than 70 times a year at campuses and organizations nationwide. A group of highly respected MIT staff and faculty facilitators leads 60-70 participants through intensive activities, discussions, and group exercise

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