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.


Date: Registration deadline on Friday, March 27th | Event on Wednesday, April 1st
Time: 4:00  – 5:00 pm
Location: MIT Media Lab, 6th floor

‘Networking Evening with Employers’ will give both students and employers the opportunity to exchange information about potential job and internship opportunities. Over 50 companies from a wide range of industries will be represented. This event is open to all MIT students and Postdoctoral Fellows.  Light refreshments and appetizers will be served. Advanced CareerBridge registration is required through the Events Search tab. If you have any questions please contact

Media Arts & Gaming Meet up

Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 4:00  – 5:00 pm

Join GECD for its first Boutique Media, Arts, and Gaming Meet Up, a casual and informational event for students to mingle with professionals from several national and local media, arts and gaming firms.  Meet MIT alumni and other representatives from these companies, learn about their work, their culture, and about potential career paths. Some of the firms attending include The Walt Disney Studios, Electronic Arts, Comcast NBC Universal, The New York Times, Time Warner, Pixar, and ESPN. Light refreshments will be served. All GECD events are open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge:

How to work a career fair

Date: Tuesday, March 31st
Time: 2:00  – 3:30 pm

Many students are overwhelmed when attempting to navigate a career fair with many employers. This workshop will provide tips and strategies on how be effective at the Spring Career Fair onApril 3rd. You will learn what to do in preparation for the fair, what to do at the fair, and what to do after the fair. The fair is an excellent opportunity to connect with employers — create a strategy that will help you in this competitive employment environment! Events are open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge:

Renting in New York – A Practical Guide

Date: Tuesday, March 31st
Time: 6:00  – 7:00 pm

Got a job in New York after graduation? Moving to NYC for a summer internship? Renting an apartment in New York City can be a complex, time-consuming, frustrating and expensive process. Want to avoid this frustration? Come to this special event to learn about the NYC rental market, including pricing and floor plan sizes, the steps of the rental process, and the necessary paperwork and landlord requirements. Have all of your questions about finding an apartment in NYC answered by our expert presenters from Cooper & Cooper Real Estate.

[MASS AWIS and Cambridge Science Festival] Alternative careers in science speed networking event

Date: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 am
Location: 43 Vassar St. Cambridge (MIT building 46), 3rd Floor Atrium

This event is for women and men within the scientific community (from undergrads to early career levels) who are interested in exploring diverse career options in science. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with 10-15 experience individuals who will give insight into their chosen professions. The event will be held in a speed-networking fashion with participants switching tables every 15 minutes for a total of 5 sessions. Career areas include: consulting, patent law, sales and human resources, medical science liaison, teaching, competitive intelligence, etc. Please note this is not a career fair. Refreshments and desserts will be provided, as well as the chance to win a Starbucks gift-card if you register before April 15th. Admission is $15 for MASS AWIS members and $30 for non-members. Register and learn more about this event at the MASS AWIS webpage.

Present at the Inaugural Waste Research & Innovation Night

Date: Friday, April 24th
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Location: Lobby 10 (Memorial Lobby)

MIT Waste Alliance invites you to the first ever MIT waste poster night highlighting research and start-ups around waste. This poster session will be a great opportunity for learning about different avenues being explored in waste research and waste-sector start-ups in the Boston area while connecting with others in the same field. Please use the following form to submit your poster title. Poster titles are due by the end of April 3rd. This event is brought to you by MIT Waste Alliance, with funding from GSLG and collaboration with the MIT Sustainability Summit. If you have any questions please contact

NuVu Job Opportunities this Summer 2015

Application Deadline: May 31, 2015
Location: NuVu Studio, Cambridge, MA

NuVu is an innovation school for middle and high school students whose pedagogy is based on the studio model and geared around multi-disciplinary collaborative projects. We have a number of job positions available for our NuVu Summer 2015 Program for undergraduate students, graduate students, PhDs and alumni. If you are passionate about innovative teaching, enjoy working with young students on creative ideas, and have expertise to share in a problem-solving environment, then you might be a great addition to the team!

Global fellows program

Date: June 8, 2015 – June 12, 2015
Time: 9:30am – 9:00pm
Location: Dover, MA

MIT and Imperial College London are jointly offering an intensive 5-day Global Fellows Program for PhD students. Through presentations, interactive work and hands-on activities, PhD students from Imperial (20) and MIT (20) will develop professional skills required to launch and manage a successful research career. Emphasis will be on creating and sustaining successful international research collaborations. Please note that this program is overnight and five days total in a location off campus in Dover, MA. Submit the application form by April 15, 2015.

Contact with any questions and watch this short video to learn more about the program.

Open Style Lab Summer Program 2015

Date: June 12th-Aug 15th
Application Deadline: Monday, March 2nd

There are quick fixes, and then there are solutions. A good solution fixes a problem, but an awesome solution changes our worldview beyond the problem. At Open Style Lab, you are invited to come up with awesome solutions! Join 24 students as part of the second Open Style Lab summer program at MIT. Over 10 weeks, work with others to design, prototype and refine a clothing solution for a client with a disability. Rigorous engineering concepts will be combined with a strong sense of design and aesthetics to develop skills that will be useful for solving real world problems. Applications are open from now until March 2nd! To be eligible to participate, you must be currently enrolled in a college degree program, or not more than 2 years post-graduation, and a background in design, engineering or occupational/physical therapy. For more information visit the program website or contact Lea Yoon.