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.


**All events are specific to MD, PhD, JD, and post-docs. Masters students and undergraduate students are part of a separate recruiting process**

Meet with BCGers in small group settings to learn more about consulting, BCG, and full-time employment opportunities.  Locations vary by session. Please sign up for a session here.

  • Harvard Square: June 18, July 16
  • Longwood Area: June 22, July 12

We will be hosting two lunch and learns prior to the July deadline. This will be an opportunity for you to hear about the work we do and ask questions of consultants!

Exploring Practice Areas  – Register here
When: June 27, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Where: MIT Campus

Practice Area Spotlight: Health Care – Register here
When: July 12, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Where: Harvard Medical School Longwood Campus


Please join us for a breakfast with BCG women to learn more about BCG and our Women@BCG network. This breakfast is open to women PhDs, JDs, MDs, medical residents, and post-docs from Harvard and MIT. Register here.

BCG Advanced Degree Women’s Breakfast
MIT Campus, Building 4, Room 149
77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
Thursday, July 19, 2018 9:00am-10:30am EST
Open to female MDs, JDs, PhDs, and Post-Docs


You are invited to attend a one-hour case interview prep webinar. During this session, two members of the BCG Consulting team will demonstrate a case interview and field questions from the audience. The link to the webinar will be sent out to all registered attendees prior to the session.  Register here

BCG July Case Interview Workshop (Virtual)
Monday, July 9, 2018
8:30PM EST


Our full-time application deadline for advanced degree students available to start in 2019 is July 22, 2018.  You can complete your application here. Applicants can expect to hear from us on the status of their application by mid-August.

If you are available to start prior to July 2018, you may submit your application at any time through our website and it will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the offices you select.

You can also visit our dedicated MIT and Harvard websites regularly to view our evolving list of events. Please contact our team at with any questions.


MIT POWER event: Career Paths – Dr. Charmaine Demanuele (Pfizer)

When: Tuesday, June 19, 3-4PM. Social hour 4-5PM with coffee, tea, cookies and fruit!
Where: MIT. Chipman room 6-104

POWER’s professional career development seminars focus on the speaker’s personal experiences, insights into their current work, as well as work-life integration issues. Dr. Demanuele will discuss what has contributed to her success, the challenges she has overcome, and advice for current postdocs. We hope that the interactions will assist postdocs in navigating their careers and will also help them build professional connections.

Speaker bio:

Dr. Demanuele received her B.Eng from University of Malta in Electrical Engineering in 2006.  She then pursued her doctoral studies at University of Southampton in Neural Engineering, Neural Science, and Psychology.  After completing her dissertation in 2010, she became a postdoctoral researcher at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Heidelberg-Mannheim.  In 2013 she became a postdoctoral research fellow in Psychiatric Neuroimaging at Harvard Medical School. She was an Insight Health Data Science Fellow in 2016 and became a Data Scientist at Biogen.  She is now the Associate Director of Biostatistics, Early Clinical Development, Neuroscience at Pfizer.

Open to the entire MIT community.


F.E.W. Seminar: Clear the Clutter – Organize your Home, Office, Life & Finances

When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: 700 Technology Square Branch

Does your home or office need organization? Do your finances feel out of control? Sometimes clutter sneaks up on us and can make life unbearable. Taking the time to declutter; clearing our physical surroundings, and putting our finances in order, can assist us in improving our physical and mental state. But how do you get started? Thankfully, in this session, our F.E.W. experts from Organiz-ER and Society of Grownups will help you begin thinking of ways to start this process.

If your finances need a bit of organization, Rachel and Tyler from Society of Grownups will show you ways to get them back on track! We’ll share recommendations on how to organize debt and how to pay it off in ways that make the most sense.

For ways to declutter physical space whether it’s at home or the office, we’ve invited Susan Walko, owner of Organiz-ER, to talk about organization and how to begin the process as well as keep things orderly. Her work includes:

Organizing the workspace via improved business systems, developing and implementing an organization plan, and focusing on continuous improvement.
Organizing the home via personal organization skills – whether it’s downsizing, working with hoarders or a whole house clean out.
Organizing life by coaching individuals to remove the chaos surrounding their being.
Did you know it only takes 15 minutes a day to remain organized? This session will discuss daily routines and strategies on what to do during the 15 minutes to keep yourself organized – no matter what aspect of your life needs some organization.

As always, our events are open to all, members, non-members, men, women, and anyone else interested in joining the conversation!

Pitch Talks – Share your project in less than 5 minutes

When: Jun 21 from 7 PM – 9 PM
Where: 6-120

This is an opportunity to introduce your project in a relaxed environment, and present your research in a light-hearted way. Use this setting to work on your public speaking skills
or just sit, listen, network, and enjoy the food provided. Apply as a speaker here:

Serve on MIT Institute Committees

When: Apply by 11:59 PM on Friday, June 22nd!

Unparalleled opportunity to significantly impact decisions made by the Institute
Become a voting member of a committee alongside other students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Issues may include student life, education and curriculum, policy, health and community, and strategic planning. It’s an invaluable opportunity for personal and professional development that goes beyond your lab, department, and school
Learn more and apply at the link above by Monday, June 22nd. Contact GSC VP Orpheus Chatzivasileiou at with questions.

Solve at MIT Solutions Review

When: Volunteer by Jul 2

Volunteer Opportunity: Tap into the minds of tech entrepreneurs around the world by reviewing solutions to Solve’s four Global Challenges. Through this low-hour commitment, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of what makes a strong business proposal, expand your awareness of global issues. Solve was born out of President Reif’s office in 2015 and has since welcomed high-profile participants such as Justin Trudeau, Eric Schmidt, Ursula Bu. Excited to engage as a solution reviewer? If you can commit 3 hours of your time between July 26 – August 1, any Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 8 AM – 12 PM, indicate your interest using this form.