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.

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 MIT PhD Career Planning Group

Date: Sessions start in July, 2015
Timeline: Applications are due by 5:00 EST on Friday, June 26. Decisions will be made and applicants will be notified by Wednesday, July 1st.

Do you ever find yourself wondering:

  • “What do I really want out of my life, my PhD and future jobs?”
  • “What do I want out of a career?”
  • “How do I talk about my research to a non-technical audience?”
  • “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 PhDs program.

In these four 2-hour group sessions, we will cover essential career planning competencies such as self-assessment, communication, business etiquette and networking. Participants may gain awareness of what skills, interests and values you want to use in your work and expand your knowledge of relevant resources and tools that will hopefully help you when you are seeking full-time employment upon graduation.

Application: We are limited to 15 slots due to the nature of the group.

Please complete the application!

We also plan to conduct additional PhD Career Planning Groups in the future.

For questions, please feel free to contact Jake Livengood (, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Career Services.

CALL TO ARTISTS – Request for Qualifications
$325,000 Public Art Commission, City of Cambridge, Ma

Deadline: July 13, 2015

Cambridge Arts in Cambridge, MA is seeking qualifications from artists and designers interested in creating temporary site-responsive public artwork(s) of variable duration. The site will be a newly constructed King Open Elementary and Cambridge Street Upper Schools in East Cambridge, to be completed by 2019. The City seeks artists and designers with public art experience and encourages artist-led interdisciplinary teams. The $325,000 commission will cover all services from design through final installation/implementation, including artist fee, travel, community meetings, fabrication, insurance, transportation, installation, and coordination with City staff. From this RFQ, four finalists will be invited and paid to submit concept proposals. All finalists will attend a site visit and meet with City staff and project architects before proposal development. Final selection of one artist or team will be made by a Site Committee based on in-person proposal presentations and interviews.

SITE: The King Open Elementary (JK- grade 5) and Cambridge Street Upper Schools (grades 6-8) are currently housed in one building at 850 Cambridge Street, situated within the city block bound by Cambridge, Berkshire, Willow, and York Streets. Also within this block are the Valente Branch Library (including the Manuel Rogers, Sr. Center for Portuguese Culture), Goldstar Mothers Pool, Frisoli Youth Center, a large playing field, and playgrounds. While all together these public facilities comprise a hub of extensive informal and formal learning and recreational amenities, the overall new construction project will include only the schools, library, and pool programs. The physical configuration or degree of integration of these three programs has not yet been determined, but it is anticipated that the new public art project will focus on the schools, each of which are anticipated to have separate entrances and identities. The original King Open School was named after Martin Luther King, Jr. and both current school programs are guided by a mission of social justice, inclusivity of all learning styles, and connection to community. The neighborhood in which these programs are situated is a combination of dense residential streets and a vibrant, eclectic commercial avenue of many independent businesses.

SELECTION: Artists/teams submit qualifications in the form of images of previous work and biographical information online (see below). An Art Jury will select 4 finalists who will be paid $2,000 each to create a proposal. Finalists visit Cambridge for a site visit with architects, community members, and City staff. Finalists develop proposals. Finalists present proposals to the Site Committee, which will select one artist/team to be awarded the $325,000 commission

Submit images of past work and biographical information here. Registration is free and easy – upload digital files of work samples and complete a form of information.  Upon registration you will be considered for the King Open Elementary and Cambridge Street Upper School Project as well as all future public art commissions administered by the City of Cambridge. Click here for more information about Cambridge Arts programs.  For technical support using Slideroom, please e-mail  For other questions please contact Cambridge Public Art Administrator, Jeremy Gaucher at; 617-349-4388.

McKinsey & Company: Upcoming Web Presentations and Application

July 20th Deadline for 2016 Full-time Positions

Did you know that McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, has been hiring advanced professional degree (APD) candidates just like you for over 20 years? Over half of our 9000 consultants in our 100+ offices worldwide hold PhD, MD, JD and non-MBA Masters degrees.

Please join McKinsey & Company via WebEx to learn about our work, our people and our exciting career opportunities for APD candidates, including our 2016 full-time opportunities for PhDs, Postdocs, non-MBA Masters, medical students, Interns, Residents and Fellows.

Web Presentations
We are hosting web based presentations to help graduate students learn more about McKinsey & Company. Please visit our “Online Events” section on our website for available dates and to RSVP

2016 Full-time Associate Opportunities
Full-time Application Deadline: Applications accepted online now through July 20, 2015
Full-time Interviews: August through October 2015
Eligibility: Open to PhDs, postdocs, JDs, non-MBA Masters* (all of who are finishing in 2016)
Online Application Deadline: July 20, 2015 Application Link!
*Masters students need to have finished undergraduate education prior to July 2012. If you are a Masters student and finished undergrad after July 2012, please apply as a Business Analyst this upcoming fall.

Diversity & Inclusion at McKinsey
At McKinsey, we are dedicated to building a great firm that attracts, develops, excites, and retains exceptional people. We aspire to be recognized as the best professional services firm in the world for all candidates, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or background. To learn more about McKinsey Women, please follow us on Facebook @ McKinseyWomen, view our electronic women’s brochure and check out this video about what inspires women at the firm. To learn more about our other diversity networks, including Black Consultants at McKinsey, Hispanic and Latino Consultants at McKinsey, and LGBT colleagues at McKinsey, please visit the Diversity & Inclusion section of our website.