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.

Weekly Events

Mondays in the Chapel: RESILIENCE

When: Oct 2 – Dec 11 every Monday from 12 PM – 1 PM
Where: MIT Chapel
A time of reflection and inspiration | Bridging the sacred and secular
Mondays in the Chapel offer a needed pause in the often-frenzied pace of daily life to consider the topic of resilience. Lunch is provided from 12:00-12:30pm in W11; Music and remarks take place in the Chapel 12:30-1:00pm. Music is provided by MIT Chapel Artist in Residence Nedelka Prescod. Free and open to all.

iREFS Office Hours

When: Thursdays 1-2pm
Where: 4-146
Walk in & directly access an iREFS member to talk to – no sign up required! The iREFS will immediately take you out to coffee for a confidential conversation. iREFS is a graduate student group that provides peer support for all graduate students across the Institute. iREFS is comprised of graduate students who undergo a 40 hour training in conflict management at MIT. iREFS members can make informed referrals to other resources and offices at MIT.

Regular Events


When: Now!

Join the Working Group on Graduate Tuition Models! The group began last fall to help identify better ways to support graduate students throughout their time at MIT. Help assess competitiveness including tuition, stipend, medical insurance, fees, indirect costs, employee benefits, and fellowship support. Review tuition models, including all-but-dissertation, non-resident status, terminal graduate registration, and reduced tuition models of our peers. Contact if you are interested or have questions!


When: Now!

Are you interested in MIT’s institutional trajectory? Join the Planning Group for NEASC Reaccreditation! Help assess the Institute’s evolution over the last 10 years, examine MIT’s strengths and opportunities for growth, and articulate future goals. More information about NEASC accreditation and MIT’s previous assessment can be found here: The planning group, including faculty, students, and senior administrators, is expected to meet through Fall 2019. Contact if you are interested or have questions!


When: November 16, 12-1pm
Where: Moore Room (6-321)

It’s never too soon to think about retirement! Attend the workshop on retirement by Ryan Shorey CFP, Fidelity Investments. Let Ryan help guide you. Pizza will be served! This presentation is part of the series of OGE’s Financial Literacy Workshop focused on promoting financial literacy among graduate students.
When: November 16, 12-1pm
Moore Room (6-321)
Jennifer Hu, OGE Graduate Community Fellow will offer a session on budgeting, just in time for the holidays! Pizza will be served! This presentation is part of the series of OGE’s Financial Literacy Workshop focused on promoting financial literacy among graduate students.


When: November 16, 3.30-6pm
Sheraton Commander Hotel(16 Garden Street)
Sponsored by the career offices of Harvard University, Boston University College of Engineering, Olin College, Tufts University, and MIT. 
Meet representatives from small engineering firms across the area seeking engineering students for full-time and internship opportunities in innovative fields including robotics, energy, medical devices, and civil/environmental design. All levels of engineering students from the five sponsoring institutions are invited to attend. Registration is required as attendance is capped for each participating university.
Find out more information about other career fairs here at MIT.

Northrop Grumman/GEL Tech Talk- TOMORROW from 6:30-7:30pm in 33-116

When: Thursday, November 16, 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Room 33-116
The Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership (GEL) Program presents Northrop Grumman Tech Talk featuring Scott Beasley, Senior Systems Engineer. Courses 2, 3, 6, 8, 16, 18, and 22 are strongly encouraged to attend and bring their resumes. Come join us for a Northrop Grumman Tech Talk Reception to learn about our innovative technology careers, and our immersive Virtual Interactive Collaborative Training Resource Environment (VICTR/E). This is your opportunity to speak to us about internships and new graduate opportunities. Join us for a 45-minute discussion and informal Q&A. Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company. To be considered for positions at Northrop Grumman, bring your resume, also submit to

Data 4 Black Lives Conference

When: Nov 17 from 8 AM – 6 PM
Where: MIT Media Lab
Create a space where activists and data scientists can develop more meaningful relationships and collaborations. Engage the most pressing racial justice issues and explore opportunities for future research and practice through real-time problem-solving and brains. Facilitate opportunities for activists to learn about new and relevant data tools that can scale their organizing work. Develop a blueprint for the future of data science as it relates to racial justice work Conference Registration. Network with community members, organizers, academics, technologists, educators, artists, policy makers, and public servants for the inaugural Data.

MIT ESP: Teach Anything for Splash!

When: November 18-19 9AM-9PM
Where: MIT campus

Splash 2017 runs Nov. 18-19, register by Sept. 29 to teach classes to motivated high school students! 3000 high schoolers will arrive on campus for a weekend of classes on anything and everything — all taught by MIT students and community members! Past classes have included The Chemistry of Tie Dye, Introduction to Pulsars, How to Read Hebrew, and Experimentation with Cookies. Teacher benefits include a weekend of free food, t-shirts, and the joy of teaching! We also provide teacher orientations if you’ve never taught for us. You can find more information about Splash at, register to teach at and send us any questions at

SPI November Faculty Lunches with Jacqueline Hewitt and Alexander Slocum

When: Nov 20
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

SPI is hosting two faculty lunch this month:
Jacqueline Hewitt, Nov. 15th at 12pm: Director of the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics & Space Research
Alexander Slocum, Nov. 20th at 11:30am: Precision Engineering, Energy Storage Technologies
Limited slots available! Sign-ups are first come, first serve!

2018 Fall Career Fair Committee Application Open

When: Deadline November 24th at 11:59 PM

Applications for the 2018 Fall Career Fair Committee are now open, and are due 11:59PM Friday, November 24th. The Fall Career Fair is the largest MIT career fair, and is one of the largest student-run career fairs in the country. Applicants should send their name, resume, and cover letter to cf-directors by deadline to be considered. Details on cover letter and Career Fair Committee positions can be found at the following link.

GEMS Certificate Program Info Session

When: Application Deadline: November 27
Turn your vision into reality! All undergraduates and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Leadershape is for participants committed to taking their leadership abilities to the next level. The program is a six-day immersion program that challenges participants to lead with integrity while working towards a vision grounded in their deepest values. Participants explore what they want to do and who they want to be.

LeaderShape Institute MIT 2018

When: Application Deadline: November 27, and January 16

4-day, off-campus retreat in Sharon, MA during IAP 2018 (January 14-17) Application available 10/2- 11/27, 2017 and takes only 10 minutes to complete. Historically has only been open to undergraduates but this year it is open to graduate students for the first time! The LeaderShape Institute’s mission is to produce a breakthrough in the leadership capacity of its participants. Conducted more than 70 times a year at campuses and organizations nationwide. A group of highly respected MIT staff and faculty facilitators leads 60-70 participants through intensive activities, discussions, and group exercise

Vatican Hack

When: Deadline to apply: November 30, 2017
Where: The Vatican, Rome, Italy
URL: vatican hack

Leverage technology and innovation to create solutions that will help the world as part of an MIT student team. Apply to take part in this unique hackathon opportunity at the Vatican in Rome on March 9-11, 2018. The MIT Innovation Initiative is looking for 5 students to work together across disciplines (software engineering, design, business, and other). Solve problems in 4 thematic areas: Social Inclusion, Compassion, Interreligious Dialogue, Migrants & Refugees. All expenses to / from Rome will be covered! The best ideas from the hackathon will be awarded prizes and offered long-term professional support.

Global health & Ethical Challenges

When: December 5, 12PM, Tuesday
Where: 3-133

What are common ethical challenges in global health experiences? How should a student prepare in advance, act while in-country, and work with program advisors? Join a workshop in which we address some of the ethical issues that arise when students participate in global health experiences in resource-limited settings. Students, hosts, MIT program staff, and faculty all need to examine potential ethical dilemmas, power dynamics, safety issues, and cultural context.

Jorge Cham from PhD Comics: Communicating Your Research

When: Dec 5 from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Where: 34-101

Pre-registration is requested (but not required) via CareerBridge. Jorge Cham will relay his experiences creating successful science communication projects (videos that have been viewed by millions of people and a book release from Penguin Random House). He will convey how he communicates his passion for engaging with the public and exploring the unknown. Jorge holds a Ph.D. in Robotics from Stanford University and is the creator of Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD Comics), the popular comic strip about life (or the lack thereof) in Academia. Often called the “Dilbert of academia,” PHD Comics appears online where it is read by over 6 million visitors a year from over 1000 universities worldwide. Sponsored by the MIT Graduate Student Council (GSC), Global Education & Career Development Career Services (GECD), and the MIT Office of the Vice President for Research

Cracking Cancer 2.0

When: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 8:30-11:30am
Where:  MIT campus
 Meeting Opportunity, Presented by MIT Startup Exchange & MIT Koch Institute

We have never been closer to cracking cancer. MIT Startup Exchange, in collaboration with the MIT Koch Institute, is convening the 2nd annual Cracking Cancer event to discuss the latest advances in cancer innovation from the perspective of industry, academia, venture, and startups in the MIT ecosystem. The workshop will cover innovation models, technologies, collaboration patterns, and partnerships and trends in genomics, personalized medicine, immunotherapy, CRISPR , artificial intelligence, nano medicine, knowledge discovery, and analytics.

Join MIT Startup Exchange, the MIT Industrial Liaison Program, MIT faculty, MIT-connected startups, investors, and corporate innovators on Thursday, December 7, 2017, 8:30-11:30am, to explore how cancer innovation. The target audience is the MIT innovation ecosystem, including faculty, students, startups, and ILP member companies. We have reserved 10 seats for MIT-connected startup founders who can apply for a Lightning Talk. Complimentary for MIT students.

Tufts Teaching Opportunity for Fall 2018

When: The deadline to apply is: Monday, January 8, 2018
Where: Classroom setting at the Tufts Medford/Somerville campus

The Experimental College invites professionals and graduate students to apply as Visiting Lecturers for the Fall 2018 semester.

Graduate students in particular are always looking for opportunities to teach in their area of expertise, and the Experimental College at Tufts University is a place where that can happen. If this opportunity sounds like a good fit for someone you know, please help us spread the word by including the announcement in departmental newsletters or other communications.

Applicants will:
Design an undergraduate elective course
Explore interdisciplinary subjects
Examine contemporary issues and ideas
Use innovative teaching methods
ExCollege courses seek to complement – rather than duplicate – classes being offered in the traditional departments.

Up to fifteen courses will be chosen from a very competitive pool. Classes meet for 2.5 hours in the evening, once a week, over thirteen weeks. They are usually kept to less than twenty students and are discussion/participation oriented. Courses are usually taught in a classroom setting at the Tufts Medford/Somerville campus.

In the past, each Experimental College course has carried an honorarium of $4,500.00 per course, whether individually or team-taught.

The Fall 2018 semester begins September 4, 2018 and classes end on December 10, 2018.

Read the complete job posting and apply via Interfolio at:

Applications must be uploaded through Interfolio with these four documents: a biographical statement, course description, syllabus, and resume/CV.

The deadline to apply is: Monday, January 8, 2018.

For more information, and examples of courses offered, go to, or call 617-627-3384, or email us at

IAP Course 15.339: Distributed Leadership Workshop

When: Anyone of these three sessions: Jan 8 – 10, Jan 16 – 18, Jan 23 – Jan 25
Where: E62-233
Interested developing your leadership capabilities through group discussions, exercises and reflection? Come to the same course offered to senior executives through Sloan executive education! Open to graduate students from all MIT departments. Learn more: 8:30am to 6:00pm on Days 1 & 2; 8:30am to 3:30pm on Day 3

IAP Graduate Workshops, “Developing Leadership in Yourself and Others”

When: Anyone of these three sessions: Jan 18, Jan 23, Jan 25,  Jan 30

Instructor: David Nino (

Join us for this workshop series designed for MIT graduate students interested in “making a positive difference” in their chosen fields. Grounded in research but experimental and engaging in delivery, these workshops will build practical skills that apply to engineering and technology environments. See attachment for more detailed course descriptions.

* Schedule:

Leading New Teams
Learn to mobilize and launch “real teams.”
January 18 (Thursday), 12:30-4:30pm, 4-149

Motivating and Developing Others
Gain tools for “bringing out the best” in team members.
January 23 (Tuesday), 12:30-4:30pm, 3-442
Mastering Constructive Conflict
Learn how to leverage conflict to create positive team outcomes.
January 25 (Thursday), 12:30-4:30pm, 4-149
Discovering and Developing Your Leadership Strengths
Build self-awareness for inventing your unique leadership paths.
January 30 (Tuesday), 12:30-4:30pm, 4-149This series is offered through the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership (GEL) Program in collaboration with the Graduate Student Council. Students are welcome to attend some or all of these workshops. Those who attend the entire series will receive a special acknowledgement from the GEL Program.*For more information, please visit our website.To Register: Email Lisa Stagnone (

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