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

Career Connect Conference

When: Wednesday, March 21, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Where: Eastgate Penthouse – (E55)
URL: Registration

We are preparing a half day conference with a bundle of information about how to search for a job in the American market, more efficiently.
Here are the sessions that will be presented at the half-day conference:

Resume – Bori Stoyanova
Interviewing – Bori Stoyanova
Networking – Michele King
Immigration – ISO office – lunch is served during this session.
Cover letters – Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze


Waste Alliance Lecture: Geoff Aardsma, VP of Client Services at Enevo

When: Mar 22 from 12 PM – 1 PM
Where: 4-153

Waste analytics can provide more accurate, consistent data about actual waste generation and can validate that collection services paid for happen.
Geoff Aardsma, VP of Client Services at Enevo, will reveal how waste container data can help uncover valuable insights for facility managers.
Geoff focuses his expertise on optimizing waste collection systems and empowering waste generators to reduce their environmental impact.
Lunch provided! Please RSVP:
This event is brought to you by the MIT Waste Alliance with sponsorship from the GSC Funding Board.


Patent Law – Wolf Greenfield Site Visit

When: March, 27 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Where: Wolf Greenfield Boston offices
URL: careerbridge

Are you looking for a career where you will:

Constantly learn about new technologies;
Find never-ending challenges;
Love the people with whom you work?

Then join us for lunch in downtown Boston at the offices of intellectual property law firm Wolf Greenfield  to learn more about patent law and our technology specialist program.  It might just change your life!

March, 27 12:00 PM (1 hour, 30 minute event)

Registration Information:
Registration is required and can be completed by clicking on this link, or by logging into CareerBridge and then searching for “Wolf Greenfield Site Visit” in the Events section of CareerBridge.
Graduate students and postdocs in course 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10 are welcome to attend. We also encourage undergraduates students in  Course 6 and Course 8 to attend.
Space is limited to 20 students.
The same expectations for participating in On Campus Recruiting (OCR) apply to employer visits. Please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities for information on cancellations and no shows.
Please be prepared to stay for the entire duration of the presentation.
Attire Expectations:
Business casual or business professional attire is required to participate in these employer visits. For help in determining appropriate attire visit the MIT Careers (GECD) Pinterest Boards. 

Need More Information?
For more information contact

Thank you for your interest in Wolf Greenfield. Although the presentation is open to all, at this time, we are limited to hiring United States citizens and permanent residents, and are only able to accept applications of those who currently meet this requirement.


When: March 28, 2018
Where: Online
URL: Registration

Interact real-time via live chat sessions and meet top-notch employers seeking candidates with advanced degrees. Save time and meet recruiters live online.

What others are saying:

“I wish being in contact with recruiters was always this easy.”

“It’s beneficial to chat with multiple employers at the same time without having to leave my desk.”

“Its’s a great opportunity to interface with employers, but doesn’t require complicated logistics.”

“Convenient, simple, fast…Good choice!”

Connect. Engage. Explore

Asian Career Fair

When: Saturday, March 31st, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Where: Stratton Student Center

Our vision is to create a platform for connecting every student who’s interested in Asia, with all the best Asian employers. Open to MIT, Harvard and prestigious colleges and universities around Boston.

MIT Spring Career Fair

When: April 4, 2018

Looking for a job or internship? Doing some career recon? You never know who you’ll meet at the Spring Career Fair. Have conversations with recruiters from over 70 companies across a variety of industries. All courses welcome!

Student registration for the April 4th MIT Spring Career Fair is now open! Have conversations with recruiters from over 70 companies across a variety of industries. Register by March 21st on career bridge to be included in the SCF Resume Book!


Leadership positions within the Graduate Student Council

When: Officer Election date: April 4th 2018

Do you want to be a student leader in the largest student organization on campus?
We have several leadership opportunities opening up in the Graduate Student Council!
Become an officer or committee chair for 2018-2019!
Check out the nominees and submit your nomination at:
Find out more about GSC elections at:

14th Annual MIT Operations Simulation Competition (OpsSimCom)

When: Register by Monday, April 2 for the competition on April 5th to 8th
Where: Virtual

Brought to you by MIT Sloan and Strategy&, the OpsSimCom will provide you the opportunity compete with students around the world!
See who can run the most profitable factory by cutting costs, forecasting demand, finding bottlenecks, satisfying customers!
For more details and to register your team of up to 4 by Monday, April 2, please visit:
The competition is open to all graduate students and has a prize pool of $6,000.
Questions? Please email

MIT Water Innovation Prize – Final Pitch Night

When: Apr 4 from 6 PM – 9 PM
Where: MIT Media Lab (E14-648, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge)

Join us for the Final Pitch Event of the MIT Water Innovation Prize on Wednesday, April 4 at 6pm at the MIT Media Lab.
Come hear student entrepreneurs who are solving global water issues pitch for $30k in grant funding!
Speakers for the event will be Minhaj Chowdhury, CEO/Co-Founder at Drinkwell, and Debra G. Coy, Partner at XPV Water Partners.
Dinner will be provided. More info can be found at
RSVP here:

OAHack: a hackathon to counter journal paywalls and other barriers to spreading scholarly knowledge

When: Save the dates: April 6-8
Where: MIT Media Lab

Journal paywalls prevent the fruits of your research from benefiting many journalists, educators and researchers from developing countries.
The opaque handling of research data makes it hard for you to build on existing research, and leads to the “reproducibility crisis.”
Tackle these issues at OAHack, a hackathon to lower barriers to the open sharing of scholarly knowledge, data, educational materials, code and more.
Mark the OAHack dates of April 6-8 on your calendars, and fill up our no-commitment interest form, linked above, for updates!
This event is organized by the MIT Libraries and the institute committe, the MIT Open Access Task Force.


2018 Africa Innovate Conference: Digitization for Inclusive Growth

When: Apr 7 from 8 AM – 7 PM
Where: MIT Media Lab

The MIT Sloan Africa Business Club is proud to announce the 8th MIT Africa Innovate Conference at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA.
The theme for this year is “Digitization for Inclusive Growth”.
The annual Africa Innovate Conference is a unique and intimate forum that brings together entrepreneurs and change-agents from across Africa.
The conference attracts over 350 business leaders, entrepreneurs, influencers, students, professors, and alumni with strong interests in Africa.
The conference will explore digitization and its role in transforming the way we live and conduct business across Africa.

Unpacks the lessons from and future of digital transformation on the continent through a series of panels, workshops, and keynote speakers
Includes a Career & Innovation Expo for attendees to network for jobs across Africa
Includes high profile speakers from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IDEO, Novartis, Ecobank, and WorldRemit
Sponsored by BCG, WorldRemit, IDEO, MIT Sloan Student Life, MIT Sustainability Initiative, SWIM, and MISTI

MIT India Conference 2018

When: Apr 8
Where: MIT Media Lab 75 Amherst Street 6th Floor Cambridge, MA 02139

The 8th annual MIT India Conference will be taking place on Sunday, April 8th, 2018 in Cambridge, Massachusetts
This year’s theme – ‘Pioneering Innovation’ – will spotlight India’s biggest innovators and thought-leaders
Prithviraj Chavan (Ex Chief Minister, Maharashtra), Kirthiga Reddy (first Managing Director, Facebook India) and many interesting speakers to keynote
Find the full list of keynote speakers here (
Buy your tickets before they sell out! (

Boston consulting group – BRIDGE TO BCG

When: April 8, 2018
Where: BCG

Bridge to BCG is a three day workshop for advanced degree candidates being held this summer and will allow participants to test drive consulting and:

– find out about consulting and get to know BCG
– participate in a realistic case team experience
– learn from BCG’s thought leaders
– meet BCG consultants and students during social and educational events

Participants are selected on an application basis. Please apply for Boston Bridge here.

Applications for Bridge to BCG are being accepted until April 8, 2018 at 11:59 EST.

As Bridge locations are based around school location, please apply for Boston Bridge. We will work with date conflicts on a case by case basis.

Travel and meal expenses will be covered. This workshop is specifically for advanced degree candidates (PhDs, MDs, Postdocs, and JDs) who plan to begin at BCG in 2019. If you are currently a practicing MD, in residency, or a postdoc, the 2019 graduation date requirement does not apply. Learn more by visiting our website.


Our full-time application deadline is July 22, 2018. Application links will be posted in early June.

You can also visit our dedicated MIT ADC website regularly to view our evolving list of events. Please contact Katie Purcell at with any questions.


MIT Polymer Day 2018

When: Apr 11 from 11 AM – 5 PM
Where: Morss Hall

Register now through March 30 at
Polymer Day features poster sessions judged by industry representatives, research talks, an alumni panel, and an awards reception.
Network with industry sponsors at a networking lunch and career fair.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Share your research and win prizes!

Masters Argentina 2018

When: Apr 13 – 15
Where: Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes, University of Chicago. Chicago

The biggest student-led Argentine conference in the US
+100 Argentine students from all over US and Europe (MBA+SM+PhD)
+20 well-known and highly influential speakers from Argentine politics, businesses world and science
+25 Universities represented (including MIT)
3 days of productive debate, exchange and networking among students and representatives of the most important Argentine companies and institutions

You Snooze, You Win: Physionet Challenge 2018

When: Deadline: April 15th, 2018

Compete in the world’s largest, and most prestigious healthcare challenge.
Goal: Use AI to predict when people will wake up from their sleep
Data: 1,985 subjects monitored with EEG, EKG, EMG, and EOG
Winners to be recognized at the 2018 Computing in Cardiology Conference