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 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.

McKinsey & Company Summer Presentations for 2015 Full time Opportunities

Join McKinsey & Company to learn about their 2015 full-time hiring opportunities for PhDs, Postdocs, non-MBA masters students, medical students, interns, residents and fellows during our summer web presentations this month. Throughout the month of July, attend one of these sessions to receive an introduction to McKinsey, the work they do and details on the application process while highlighting one of several McKinsey practices, including: Big Data, Business Technology, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, and Women at McKinsey. Visit their website for further information and to RSVP for a session. If you’re interested in a career, search for MIT recruiting events on this webpage.

6th Annual MIT vs. Harvard Consulting Case Competition

Date: Register by Tuesday, July 22nd

The Consulting Club at MIT (CCM) and the Harvard Graduate Consulting Club (HGCC) are pleased to announce the 2014 MIT-Harvard Case Competition from August 12th-22nd. All MIT Graduate Students or Postdoctoral Fellows with an interest in management consulting are welcome to apply; business background is not required. Gain team experience and network with consulting experts while challenging yourself with a real-world business problem. Contact or visit the website for more information.

MIT China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum – BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION

Date: Register by Friday, July 25th

The MIT China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (CHIEF) is holding a business plan contest with $20,000 in cash rewards for finalists.  Gain valuable feedback from prestigious judges and utilize mentorship services (for semifinalists).  Achieve direct access to accelerators, incubators, investors, industrial parks, and other valuable resources.  Contact or visit the website for more information.

International Student Mentorship Program

Date: Register by Friday, July 25th

In conjunction with the MIT Alumni Association, the Graduate Student Council of MIT supports the International Student Mentorship Program (IGSMP), which helps incoming international graduate students transition to graduate student life at MIT. Students are paired with a current graduate student or alumnus, according to MIT department affiliation, country of origin, interests, etc. and communication via email starts during the summer prior to the incoming student’s arrival at MIT. During fall Orientation, the new student will have the opportunity to meet his/her mentor at the Mentorship Mixer and International Dance Festival. Find more information online or contact with any questions.

Nuts and bolts of an Academic JoB Search

Date: Tuesday, July 29th; 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Location: 32-123

Are you considering an academic career? Wondering how to mount a successful job search in a highly competitive academic job market? Faculty panelists who successfully landed a position will outline an effective search strategy and discuss important elements of the process – finding opportunities of interest, preparing a strong application, the role of your advisors, interviewing, negotiating, and how the increasingly competitive job market is changing the faculty search process. Snacks and refreshments will be provided!  Sponsored by the GSC Academic, Research and Careers Committee.

GSC Dissertation Bootcamp

Dates: July 28th – August 8th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Hayden Library

Are you preparing your thesis to meet the summer thesis submission deadline? GSC is here to help! We will provide you with a quiet place in Hayden Library to work on your thesis with other graduate students, where breakfast & coffee will be provided every day! You can choose to attend any day that works best for you. If you are interested, please sign up online, or contact GSC ARC at with any additional questions.

International Care Critical Data Marathon

Date: Register by July 31st, event takes place September 5th-7th

Location: MIT Stata Center

In collaboration with Hacking Medicine, the MIT Laboratory for Computational Physiology is holding the second International Critical Care Data Marathon. The event will bring together nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and physicians with data scientists to address clinically relevant questions in a large clinical database over the course of a weekend. Participants will have the opportunity to work with a large, open-access ICU database called MIMIC (created in collaboration with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), MIT, and Philips Healthcare).  In 48 hours, teams of clinicians and data scientists will generate novel questions to address which will hopefully result in lasting relationships and clinically relevant projects.

Yesplus: Stress Management & Happiness Workshop

Date: August 7th-11th, 6pm-10pm (weekdays) and 10am-6pm (weekends)

Location: MIT rooms (TBA)

Join the Art of Living Foundation to learn techniques to overcome academic, personal, and professional stress and get closer to achieving your full potential. Trained faculty from the international non-profit will be teaching classes on de-stressing and powerful breathing techniques like Sudarshan Kriya, pranayama, yoga, meditation, and practical wisdom through fun games. Tuition is $250 and you must register online. Contact with any questions.