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.

Effective internship search strategies

Date: January 22, 2015
Time: 2:00-3:00pm
Location: 4-257

Learn about the internship search process from start to finish. From self-assessment and gathering the right materials to company research and effective search strategies, this workshop will cover all you need to know about finding a great internship. This workshop is open to undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and alumni. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge.

Persuading Others, featuring Jean-luc Doumont

Date: January 22, 2015
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Location: 10-250

Persuasion skills are a critical asset for any career: We must convince employers to hire us, get the boss to let us start a project, or get coworkers to help out. Persuading others offers a rational approach to it: it covers how to use personal/organizational power, how to deploy tactics on four different human planes, and how to harness basic social influences to get other people to accede more easily to our requests. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge.

Women in stem

Date: January 27, 2015
Time: 3:00-4:30pm
Location: 4-153

In Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), women continue to be underrepresented despite increased efforts to expose women and girls to the STEM field. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Report, Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation, women represent only about 25% of workers in STEM and earn 14% less than what men in the field earn. In addition, women experience unique challenges throughout their careers that differ from their male counterparts, such as lack of mentorship and work/family life balance, etc. Come learn from our panelist how they have succeeded in their respective disciplines, what challenges they faced along the way, and what special issues you will need to consider as a woman in STEM. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge.

tips to thrive in your internship

Date: January 28, 2015
Time: 2:00-3:00pm
Location: 4-257

Is your internship your first workplace experience? Do you have questions regarding how to communicate effectively at your job? Learn how to navigate office politics at your job or internship through this high energy presentation and interactive scenarios. This workshop is geared towards undergraduates, but all students are welcome. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge.

Converting your cv to a resume for industry

Date: January 29, 2014
Time: 3:00-4:30pm
Location: 3-133

If you are considering exploring Industry positions, you will need to have a resume that effectively positions you for this path. This workshop presented by Bob Dolan will discuss the process of converting your 4-6 page CV into a 2 page resume for industry, and creating a document 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. Actual MIT PhD/Postdoc resumes will be provided as handouts. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge. 

Register now for the Ph.D. & MASTER’S VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR

Date: February 17, 2015

CareerEco, the new career ecosystem, is a virtual recruiting platform and talent community for jobseekers, prospective graduate students, academic institutions, and employers who leverage the power of technology and embrace innovation in order to accomplish their professional and academic goals. CareerEco’s cloud recruiting events offer a unique method of connecting virtually that allows everyone to save time and eliminate the many burdens and costs associated with travel. For more information and to register visit CareerEco’s website.

Register NOW for the 2015 European Career Fair

Date: February 21, 2015
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: Johnson Athletic Center

Candidates attending the fair will have the opportunity to:

  • Submit their resumes online prior to the Fair for employers to review.
  • Network with over 100 European employers at the fair.
  • Attend company information sessions and events held February 21 – 23, 2015.
  • Interview with European employers (if selected) on February 22or 23, 2015.

Registration: Students and young professionals are strongly encouraged to register for the European Career Fair. Once registered, candidates will have access to more event details through the fair site and on-going email updates.

 MIT asian career fair

Date: March 7, 2015
Location: Student Center (W20)

Interested in working in Asia? MIT Asian Career Fair 2015 is just around the corner. There are already around 30 companies registered in the database so far, including Microsoft, Hisense, Ping An, 3M, Netease, Toshiba, E-ink, TSMC, Samsung, IBM, Intel, Sony, Schlumberger, Uber, Deloitte… And more are coming along!

For additional information and how to register visit here or feel free to email any questions to

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 March 11, 2015.

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