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.

PhD & Postdoc Career Planning GROUP

Applications are due by 11:00 PM EST on Monday, October 10. Where:

Do you ever find yourself wondering: “What do I really want out of my PhD or postdoc and future jobs?”, “What do I want out of a career?”, “How do I even go about networking and making external connections? If you have answered YES to any of the above questions, you might be a good candidate for the Career Planning For PhD’s and Postdocs program. In these four 2-hour group sessions, we will cover essential career planning competencies such as self-assessment, communication, and networking. You will explore the skills, interests and values you want to use in your work and expand your knowledge of relevant resources and tools that will help you when you are seeking full-time employment.

Application Procedure:
We are limited to 20 slots due to the nature of the program content. Participants must be able to attend all four sessions on October 20, 27; November 3 and 10 from 10:00 – noon. Please complete the brief application at this link. This will take about five minutes.

Selections will be made and you will be notified by 5:00 on Wednesday, October 12.

Ada Lovelace Grant for MIT graduate students

Applications for the 2016-17 academic year should be sent by 11 October 2016
Where: to

Purpose: To encourage and support projects at the intersection of science, technology, and the humanities, using technology to make historical materials accessible and engaging to people outside the academy. Such historical materials may include archival holdings, manuscripts, government documents and records, oral history recordings, and other “primary source” material, broadly defined.

Eligibility: Given the enormous gender gap in science and technology, this grant is reserved for women enrolled in graduate programs at MIT.

Deliverables: The end result of the project should be a website or digital exhibition of some kind.  Successful applicants will also be expected to deliver a final report and give a public presentation upon completion of the project.

Award: Each year, one applicant will be selected by the grant committee to receive up to $10,000 to support her project.  These funds are available for any non-tuition/non-stipendiary expenses (e.g. the costs for creation of digital products).

Application Process: Applicants should submit a two-page proposal, outlining the creative vision and practical execution process of the project, plus a CV. The proposal should include (1) a description of the project and its timeline, (2) a clear statement describing the digital product and how that product will be shared with the public, including how relevant permissions will be secured, and (3) a budget for the project. Applications for the 2016-17 academic year should be sent by 11 October 2016 to Get more information here.

Behavioral Interviewing 101

When: Wednesday, October 12
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: 4-231

While your technical skills will get you the interview, it is your behavioral attributes that will get you the job. This session will discuss preparation and strategies for a successful interview. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge.

Queer Career Meet Up

When: Wednesday, October 12
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Bush Room (10-105)

This is a casual and informational event exclusively for the LGBTQ community to gain experience networking with professionals and learn about employers. We will discuss each companies’ LBGTQ-related policies and procedures, benefits, and resource groups for LGBTQ employees. Students and employers will have the opportunity to meet and network throughout the evening. Companies registered to attend include Studio G Architects, Zapotec Energy, Wicked Escapes, LeadLabs, MIT Lincoln Lab, Microsoft, Covered Security, Everquote and Athena Health. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge.

Broad Info Session

When: Wednesday, October 12
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Olympus Room (Adjoining Lobby), Broad Institute, 415 Main Street, Cambridge
The Broad Institute, a non-profit, independent research institute, is empowering a revolution in biomedicine to accelerate the pace at which the world conquers disease. This session will include a short overview of the Broad, followed by a workshop led by one of our Broad Communications Fellows (Rita Sulahian, Research Scientist II in Cancer Genomics). Come learn how to better explain your own research to others, and learn a bit about Broad while you’re at it. Recruiters will be available to answer questions about working at the Broad at the end of the session.Advanced registration required.

Does Your Resume Communicate the Right Message?

When:Thursday, October 13
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: E39-040

Learn about the many ways of creating a resume that effectively targets the Hiring Manager. Can your resume survive a 15 second scan and still get into the YES pile? Discussions will surround the strategies of effective messaging and how to be “on-point” with your written communication. Your resume is not an autobiography, but rather a list of relevant accomplishments that links your skills to the needs of the company. You’ll use these techniques in your lifelong career strategies. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge.

Boren Awards Information Session

When: Tuesday, October 18
Time: 2 pm – 3 pm
Location: E40-496

Boren Awards provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study specific languages in world regions critical to U.S. national security interests:

  • Boren Scholarships provide undergrads with up to $20,000 for 1-2 semesters of language study in a country generally underrepresented in study abroad. A special initiative for STEM students offers $8,000 for a summer program.
  • Boren Fellowships provide grad students up to $24,000 for overseas study and up to $30,00 for a combined international and domestic program.
  • Regions include Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
  • Award recipients commit to working in a national security-related position within the federal government for at least 1 year after graduation.

Come join us on Tuesday, October 18 from 2-3pm in E40-496 for light refreshments and a presentation by Susan Sharp (Assistant Director, Boren Scholarships & Fellowships, IIE). For more information, visit or contact your campus rep: Kim Benard ( at Distinguished Fellowships for Boren Scholarships or Casey Johnson ( at MIT Center for International Studies for Boren Fellowships.


Apply for the Luce Scholars Program

Applications are due October 20, 2016

The Luce Scholars program administered by the Center for International Studies (CIS) is open to seniors, graduate students, alumni from recent classes and junior faculty. It places young scholars from a wide variety of intellectual fields in 10-month internships in selected countries in Asia.

Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are NOT eligible for the Luce Scholars Program. Candidates may have taken Asian language or Asia-focused courses on a U.S. campus (without majoring in Asian Studies).

They may have spent up to a total of twelve weeks, or have participated in a university-organized summer program, in one or more countries where Luce Scholars are placed. If in doubt as to whether your prior experience disqualifies you, please contact me. Nominees must be American citizens not yet 30 years old on July 1, 2017 and who have earned at least a bachelor’s degree or expect to receive one by July 1, 2017.

Prospective MIT candidates must apply through CIS. MIT/CIS is permitted to forward THREE applications this year to the Luce Foundation. Applications must be received by CIS by Thursday, October 20th.More information is available here. Many of your questions can be answered on this FAQ page. The Application Form is also available for download online as a word document.

Engineering Career Fair Collaborative

When: Wednesday, November 16
Location: Sheraton Commander Hotel (16 Garden Street)
Time: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Where: CareerBridge
More information:

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. MIT Students, to register you will need to log in to CareerBridge, Select Career Fair/Events Tab and Search for Event.


Join the Planning Committee for the MIT Maker Fair!

When: May 6th, 2017
Where: MIT Media Lab

MITxMake is a school-wide maker fair and speaker series that celebrates maker culture, entrepreneurship, and hardware hacking. Taking part in either planning or in the actual event offers networking opportunities and professional development experience.

Apply for a leadership position in Marketing, Operations, Auxillary Events, Content, or Web Development. Sessions for makers and other event volunteers will be held in the fall. If you’re interested in applying for a position email