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.

 Finding a Postdoc: Panel Discussion (July 27)

Date: Wed. July 27 (3-4:30pm) in 1-190

GSC, VPR, and GECD have organized an upcoming career panel series, starting with how to find a good postdoc.

  • Panelists include two MIT postdocs, one Whitehead Fellow, one postdoc at Microsoft, and an MIT professor.
  • Find out more about the skills required to land a postdoctoral position in academia or industry
  • Learn about the search process, interviewing and tips for how to be most successful!
  • Refreshments will be served

For any questions please contact:

 Applications for Corporation joint advisory committee

Date: July 29th 11:59pm

The Corporation Joint Advisory Committee provides a representative group to which the Corporation can turn for consideration and advice on special Institute-wide matters requiring Corporation attention. CJAC also provides an additional means for bringing student and faculty representatives into regular communication with the Corporation on matters of long-range importance to the MIT community.

  • Graduate student membership on the CJAC includes the President of the GSC as well as two other graduate students.
  • To apply to be a graduate student representative on CJAC, please fill this application form on the GSC website.
  • Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on July 29th.
  • The Nominations Board will then rank applications and forward the top selections to the committees for selection and approval.

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.

GSC’s new professional development grant

Date: Ongoing (first round deadline August 1)

This grant is available to all MIT grad students across schools and departments pursuing local professional development opportunities outside their area of study or research. Registration will be covered (up to $200), for professional development activities including but not limited to seminars, workshops, conferences, and meetings.

To find out more and to submit an application please visit:

With questions or if you are interested in helping to run this new program,                          please contact:


When: Fall 2016, Fridays 9:30 to 12:30

Overview:  20 hour weeks assisting David Niño and other supporting instructors with class preparation, coordination, delivery, and assessment. In planning and implementing this appointment, Dr. Niño will also work to align this role with the TA’s personal development goals.

Some responsibilities:

  •  Coordinating the Fall 2016 enrollment.
  •  Engaging visibly in class sessions as the TA and possibly some content delivery.
  • Managing Stellar site (creating and posting web-based readings and other materials)
  • Working with Qualtrics to create and manage class assessments and results.
  • Collaborating with instructor to create practical methods for assessing and analyzing the development of leadership capabilities and motivations.
  •  Working with communication instructor to create and post videos of student speeches.
  •  Developing creative methods to gain ongoing student feedback.
  • Collaborating with instructor on grading and delivering feedback on students’ autobiographical papers and other deliverables.

For questions or interest in the position please contact Dr. David Niño: (617-324-4677)