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.

MassCPR – cpr training free for grad students

Date: Thursday, April 9th
Time: 6:00  – 10:00 pm
Location: La Sala (W20-202)

Receive American Heart Association CPR AED training and certification on Thursday, April 9th, from 6:00 – 10:00pm in La Sala (W20-202).The training is free for MIT students, and there will be free food and raffle prizes offered throughout the night. Sign up if you’re interested or email to learn more information about the event.

Fundraising in energy: how to get vcs to invest in your science startup

Date: Thursday, April 9th
Time: 12:00  – 12:55 pm
Location: E62-250

Thinking about starting a science-based startup? Join the MIT Joules to learn how to get VCs to invest in you. Guest speakers include: Leslie Dewan, founder and CSO of Transatomic Power, and Sarah Kearney, founder and executive director of PRIME, an innovative fund that allows non-profit foundations to invest in for-profit cleantech. Prof. Murray will also be speaking; Murray is MIT’s Associate Dean for Innovation and an international expert on innovation-based entrepreneurship. RSVP if interested or email for more information.


Registration Date: 9 AM Monday, April 13th

This summer, the Teaching and Learning Lab will be offering the Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program (KTCP). This workshop series is for students and postdocs interested in developing their teaching skills to support their teaching at MIT, as well as those who are planning careers in academe. To earn a certificate in the summer program, students must participate in 7 classroom workshops and a videotaped teaching presentation. Registration is required and will open at 9:00 AM on Monday, April 13th here. Plan to register at 9:00 AM, for space is limited and sections fill very quickly! The Summer Program kicks off on Tuesday, May 26th with the first workshop: Students as Learners, You as Teacher. There will be seven sections offered, with one reserved for students in NON-science/engineering departments. For dates and times visit the Summer Schedule website. For any questions about the program, please contact Leann Dobranski.

The Individual Development Plan (IDP): Strategically Navigate Your Scientific Career

Date: Thursday, April 16th
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Navigating toward your future can be daunting. Whether pursuing the tenure track or another career path, today’s scientist faces a competitive job market that rewards productivity in the lab, stellar communication skills, a strong professional network, and professional confidence. Creating an Individual Development Plan (IDP) is one way to help you strategically work toward these goals. AAAS’s Science Careers’ myIDP is an online tool for helping you create an IDP. In this workshop, you will use the results from your myIDP self-assessments, to: evaluate your career options, customize your professional networking strategy to learn more about your top choice careers, and engage your mentors in career-related discussions. Learn practical strategies for how to set goals tailored to your own skills development and career advancement needs.  This interactive workshop will propel you toward the next step along your career trajectory. Prior to the workshop, take myIDP online at The workshop will be taught by myIDP co‐author Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhD. To register for this event log in to CareerBridge.

LinkedIn lab with free headshots

Date: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Stata Center

Bring your laptop to explore the many ways LinkedIn can help you in your career exploration and job or internship search. We will begin with an overview of LinkedIn and some of the key areas of a complete LinkedIn profile. This will be followed by individual work on your profile, with Career Services staff available to answer your questions. This workshop is open to undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs* and alumni. *Postdocs, please contact Elena Byrne to register for this event.

4:30 p.m. First Round of Headshots, 32-144
5:30 p.m. Presentation, 32-141
6:30 p.m. Second Round of Headshots, 32-144

Visit the MIT Alumni Association for more information.

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

Date: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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

Conflict management training

Date: June 2015
Application due May 8th at midnight

Ever find yourself not knowing what to do when stuck facing a conflict? Attend the Conflict Management Training in June! Applications are now open and are due by Friday, May 8th at midnight. All successful and waitlisted applicants will be notified by Tuesday, May 12th at 5pm. Conflict Management@MIT offers a three-tiered conflict management training for all MIT affiliates three times per year, over the fall semester, and for two weeks in IAP and June. The training is tiered at 16-hour, 28-hour, and 40-hour levels. Tier 1 is conflict management for self-reflection, tier 2 is for leadership, and tier 3 is for advanced practice. For more information on what each tier specifically consists of, visit the conflict resolution website. For the upcoming June training, all tiers start on Monday, June 8th and run until either the 11th, 16th, or 19th. For specific dates and times visit the website. Note that all Tiers take the training together in the same cohort!

After completion of each successive tier, participants will receive a Certificate of Participation in recognition of their efforts; those completing the 40-hour training will also receive a Mediation certificate. There is no charge for current students; a fee applies to all faculty, staff, and others affiliated with MIT. Tuition reimbursement is available for MIT employees. MIT community members will be given priority. Non-students and non-MIT members please inquire for training rates.

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.