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.

Recruitment Event: Careers with Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD)

Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD) established in 2012, in collaboration with MIT, invite you to join them at the following information and recruitment event: Tuesday September 22, 7–9 p.m. at the Residence Inn by Marriott 6 Cambridge Center. (Registration starts at 6:30 p.m.)

SUTD is offering faculty opportunities in the following academic pillars: Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD), Engineering Systems and Design (ESD), Engineering Product Development (EPD), Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD).

Register for the event by sending your latest CV to (You can submit your CV for SUTD’s consideration even if you are unable to attend the event.) Or contact Jake Livengood, PhD, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Career Services Building E39-305.

Become a graduate community fellow for 2015-16

Interested in joining a cadre of graduate students who work on projects and assignments that enhance graduate community in unique ways? Openings are available for 2015-16 Graduate Community Fellows. Receive a monthly stipend while you gain experience. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis. Open positions include:

  • Institute Community and Equity Office
  • Graduate Orientation
  • Language Conversation Exchange
  • Programs for Women (Fall 2015 only)
  • Violence Prevention and Response Programming Development

For additional information, please see the positions website. Apply now!


Date: October 15-16  (Deadline to Apply: August 31)
Location: 2015 Cambridge, MA

MIT invites top early career women in civil and environmental engineering and related domains (e.g. mechanics, materials, environmental and earth science) who are interested in careers in academia to apply to attend this new innovative workshop to be held on the MIT campus.

The event will bring together the next generation of female CEE leaders from across the country for two days of scientific interactions and career-oriented discussions. It will feature research presentations from the participants, faculty talks, panels on issues relevant to academic careers, and opportunities for informal networking with other MIT faculty. Space is limited, so apply now. A group of 20 outstanding candidates will be selected from all submissions.

Eligibility: Applicants must be female and be within approximately one year of graduating with their PhD or have obtained their PhD no earlier than 2010.

Applicants should apply by visiting the CEE Rising Stars web site. In addition, applicants must submit a nomination letter from a faculty member, a CV, and a one page research statement. Visit the web site to apply and see the complete submission instructions. MIT will cover meals and shared accommodation for two nights, and reimburse up to $600 in travel (air, rail).

Sign Up for 15.367 / HST.978 – Healthcare Ventures!

Date: Tuesdays
Time: 5-8PM
Location: E25-117

This class takes ideas from Design Thinking & from the Lean Startup movement – for a principled approach to starting companies in healthcare. The class includes a group of very experienced faculty who, together with their network, provide extensive mentoring through the process. Perfect for anyone with a new technology they want to turn into a company, or just someone with the passion, energy, and desire to change healthcare. Led by Martha Gray (HST Professor), Zen Chu (Senior Lecturer at Sloan), and a variety of faculty from the medical, engineering, & business communities. Please reach out to the TA Chris Lee ( with questions and apply here! We hope to see you!


When: MW, 10:00 – 11:30 beginning Sept. 9, 2015
Where: E62-250

  • An action learning course open to all MIT students.
  • Work in teams on projects in health including operations management, IT, strategy, marketing, etc.
  • Work on real-world problems for health organizations.
  • Projects are in the Boston area for 15.767 or may be international for 15.777.
  • Learn about the challenges of US healthcare delivery from leading experts in health organizations such as payers, providers, IT, startups, etc.

Student Registration Now Open For MIT Fall Career Fair

When: September 25th, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Johnson Athletics Center, MIT Campus

Are you looking for exposure to top companies in your field? Are you looking for a full time job or summer internship? Registration is now open for the MIT Fall Career Fair! Register online (using your MIT email), upload your resume, browse the 380+ participating companies, and drop your resume with companies that interest you. For more details, please visit the Fall Career Fair website or contact:

PepsiCo Career Exploration Day for PhDs

When: December 14, 2015 (Deadline to apply: Sep. 25, 2015)
Where: New York Academy of Sciences Headquarters
Contact: Stephanie Latscu,

We are looking to invite individuals with experience in the following key areas: Life Sciences, Engineering, Food Sciences and Material Sciences

We invite graduate students (MS, and PhD) and postdocs to apply by submitting an application form (found at the event page) to Early submissions are strongly encouraged. Applicants should label the subject line of their emails “December Career Day”. Limited travel awards will be handled on a case-by-case basis in order to facilitate national and international participation.

On December 14, 2015, the New York Academy of Sciences and PepsiCo will host a special Journey through Science Day at the Academy’s headquarters in New York City. Fifty exceptional students and early career scientists (MS, PhD, postdoc) will be selected for this unique opportunity to interact with PepsiCo’s R&D leadership, learn about their efforts to develop products rooted in science-based nutrition, and get an exclusive glimpse of how science has shaped their careers, and gain an understanding of what it is like to work in a global team environment. Additionally, each participant will be asked to present a poster on their research to highlight and share their own activities and interests with PepsiCo. There will be an award ceremony for the best posters at the end of the event (see flyer attach). For more information about the agenda or for application information, please visit the website! If you have questions or would like to speak about these opportunities in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact

The Science Alliance is a consortium of universities, teaching hospitals, and independent research facilities committed to advancing the careers of students and postdocs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Science Alliance provides career advice and opportunities to network and interact with investigators across many institutions and disciplines. Learn more here.