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.

Become a graduate community fellow

Interested in joining a cadre of graduate students who work on projects and assignments that enhance graduate community in unique ways? Limited openings are still 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:

  • Violence Prevention and Response Programming Development
  • Graduate Orientation: position available for summer/fall 2016

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

[Harvard] HGCC Consulting Career Fair

When: Thursday, June 30th, 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: TMEC Atrium, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston-02115
Register: link

*Light refreshments will be served

Are you thinking of pursuing a career in consulting?

HGCC is proud to present this excellent opportunity to interact with some of the finest management and life science consulting firms that hire candidates just like you. Come speak to representatives from these elite firms to learn more about them and start building your network in preparation for the upcoming recruitment cycle.

This event is open to all advanced degree professionals (Graduate Students, PhDs, MDs, JDs).

Please register HERE. **Non-Harvard affiliates must pre-register in order to be able to enter the venue.

Contact Bhavna Desai ( if you have any questions.

Featured Firms and Corporate Sponsors: Clarion Healthcare, ClearView Healthcare Partners, CMC Consulting Group, Decision Resources Group, Huron Consulting, L.E.K., Navigant, Precision For Value, Putnam Associates, Simon-Kucher & Partners, Trinity Partners

Special Supporters: Boston Children’s Hospital Postdoctoral Association, Harvard Graduate Student Council, HMS/HSDM Postdoctoral Association, Harvard Office of Career Services


The Energy Education Task Force is looking for 3 graduate students and 2 undergraduate students to serve as Student Representatives on the Task Force.

EETF Student Representative Guidelines

Requirements: There must be at least one student from the Energy Club/Undergrad Energy Club and two unaffiliated representatives at each level (grad/undergrad).

Responsibilities of the positions include:

1)    To provide student perspective(s) on EETF initiatives, including:
a.    Input on what students need re: energy education
b.    Input on energy curriculum gaps, quality, etc.
c.    Help with mini-projects (information gathering, analysis, surveys of student communities, etc)

2)    Serve as a conduit to student body and Energy Club
a.    Advise EETF on how best to reach students
b.    Inform EETF on EC activities that tie into/create moments of collaboration
c.    Assist with the Energy Commons Space initiatives/policy

Qualifications for the position
·         Available for at least meetings 2 times per semester and additional time outside of meetings for project collaboration & tasks as needed
·         Ability to collaborate with other student representatives on EETF (possibly outside of meeting times)
·         Ability and interest in networking with the energy community
·         Willingness to speak frankly and with respect to faculty and staff, and
·         Must be enrolled as 2nd year (sophomore) or older.

These positions will serve for the AY2016-17 with potential for renewal. If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please send a cover letter outlining your interest in serving and a copy of your resume no later than Wednesday, July 13, 2016, to Ann Greaney-Williams, Academic Coordinator of Energy Studies, MIT Energy Initiative (

Three Tier Conflict Management Training‏

Date: August 1-12st, 2016

Join Conflict Management @ MIT for exciting modules and training sessions on Negotiation, Giving and Receiving Feedback, Inter-cultural Communication, Dealing With Emotions and Conflict Coaching. The training is tiered at 16-hour, 28-hour, and 40-hour levels, and will be as follows:

Tier 1: Conflict Management for Self-Reflection (16 hours total)

Tier 2: Conflict Management for Leadership (28 hours total)

Tier 3: Conflict Management for Advanced Practice (40 hours total)

Applications are due May 27th for an August 1st start date. For more information and to apply, visit the MIT Student Life site or e-mail

NASA Space Grant Robotics Fellow @ the MIT Museum

Date: Mid-June-August

  • The MIT Museum is seeking an experienced individual to help refresh its robotics curriculum with LEGO EV3 and NXT robots.
  • This interactive educational experience will be used with 6-12th grade students in an informal learning setting and integrate current CSAIL research.
  • The Fellow will be responsible for testing and assessing elements of the workshop with visitors on and off gallery.
  • Successful candidates should have 2+ years of experience programming and teaching with LEGO Mindstorms.
  • This is a part-time position (20 hours/week) from June to mid/late August. Salary, $15-$18. Please send cover letter and resume to

Contact with any questions.