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!

Impostor Syndrome talk with Valerie Young‏

Date: May 3, 2016

Join us on May 3, 2016 from 6:45pm-9:30 pm in 32-123 for “The Impostor Syndrome: Why Capable People Suffer from It & How to Thrive in Spite of It.” Registration required-limited tickets.

Dr. Valerie Young, one of the leading experts in the study of The Impostor Syndrome, will speak on her years of research on the topic which examines and discusses the millions of professionals who experience the confidence-zapping feeling about themselves and their success. She will share her empowering plan to overcome the needless self-doubt that keeps individuals from feeling as intelligent and competent as everyone else knows they are.

Key Take Aways:

• Why the impostor syndrome is not “just low self-esteem”
• Creative ways “impostors” discount or minimize their success
• 7 perfectly good reasons why smart people feel like frauds
• How your personal Competence Type may be setting you (or your employees) up to fall short
• Procrastination, perfectionism and other unconscious coping strategies “impostors” use to avoid being found out
• The cost of the impostor syndrome on organizations
• Why women are both more susceptible to and held back by impostor feelings
• Practical steps to help yourself, your employees, or high achieving children to interrupt the impostor syndrome and end needless self-doubt.

Make the Leap — Transitioning into Consulting

Date: May 5th, 2016

Join us on Thursday, May 5th, 2016, 6pm in E51-115 for Make the Leap. Make the Leap brings together a panel of consultants from premier consulting firms. They will discuss why and how they made the transition from academia into consulting. They will also discuss the application process and the interview tips. The panelists this year are from McKinsey, BCG, Simon-Kucher, Clarion, ClearView. Please RSVP! Contact with any questions.

ASML phd master class‏

Date: May 19-21, 2016

ASML is hosting the fourth edition of the master class at our head office in the Netherlands. We have room for 60 excellent (technical) PhD students who are in their final year or have max two years of experience (industry or academia) after completion of the PhD. During the PhD Master Class, we will be showcasing some of the fascinating and extreme technology challenges that we are currently facing. They will experience our way of doing things and get a strong impression of the ASML culture. For three days, they are invited you to use their “brilliant mind” in a team-based workshop aimed at cracking those challenges. We will also be setting up personal exploration interviews to get them  acquainted with ASML and they will meet peers from all over the world.
More information on the event can be found at the website. 
Deadline for registration is February 28th.

MIT-SUTD Collaboration and LeaderShape Institute

May 31 – June 5, 2016

The LeaderShape Institute is an intense 6-day leadership program guaranteed to expand your skills in leading with integrity. The Leadership Institute is interested in recruiting Cluster Facilitators and an On-Site Coordinator for May 31, 2016 – June 5, 2016. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with students from MIT and the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Room and board provided plus competitive compensation.

The On-Site Coordinators serve as an important member of The LeaderShape Institute team. They will carry out logistical and conference management tasks which are crucial to the success of the program. The On-Site Coordinators will work alongside the facilitators to help ensure success while staying one step ahead of the curriculum so that all of the details are organized at the beginning of each program piece. He or she works in partnership with Lead and Cluster Facilitators to ensure the success of the program and is responsible for organizing the materials for both faculty and participants. If you are interested, please contact with your resume.

You can read about our latest alumni working at the New York Times or Palantir.  For additional information, checkout our blog, Venture Beat article, or Harvard Business Review piece.

Summer Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

Date: June 6th-July 29th, 2016

The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares Masters, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM + social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship. There will be both an in-person (in NYC, DC, SF) and online section of the fellowship. There is a common application for both the online and in-person sections. Dates: All sections will be from June 6th-July 29th, 2016. Anyone within one year of graduating from a masters or PhD program or who has already obtained a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign up for a future session. You can read about our latest alumni working at the New York Times or Palantir. For additional information, checkout our blog, Venture Beat article, or Harvard Business Review piece.

Three Tier Conflict Management Training‏

Date: August 1st start date

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