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.


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!

Becoming a resilient person: the science of stress MANAGEMENT and promoting wellbeing

Date: June 2015 – July 2015
Program begins on June 2nd

“Becoming a Resilient Person – The Science of Stress Management” (ECFS 311x) will soon be available on edX. The program begins on June 2nd and will be taught by Dr. Clayton Cook, an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington. He currently serves across the country as an educational consultant on models of school-based mental health, with a focus of promoting mental health in both youth and the adults who serve them. ECFS 311x is a course designed to teach you how to take care of yourself by learning the skills to manage stress and optimize wellbeing. Enroll now if you’re interested in this 8 week summer course!

The Negotiation TooL Kit

Date: Wednesday, June 10th
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Monadnock Room of the Broad Institute (415 Main St, Cambridge)

Looking for a job and wondering how to negotiate the salary? Have a job and want to re-negotiate? Take part in the Negotiation Tool Kit! This highly interactive workshop focuses on the nuts-and-bolts of negotiation and is designed to help current and future employees navigate negotiations with ease and confidence. Global career strategist Sarah Cardozo Duncan (and founder of will be the guest speaker and will lead the workshop. In 2003, she was recognized by Boston Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in Boston. Her commitment and dedication to helping scientists transform their career paths earned her the 2014 MASS AWIS Mentor of Excellence Award. Keep in mind, the event is $5 for MASS AWIS members and $10 for non-members. Register before June 3rd for a chance to win an exciting prize!

New EdX course: Making Science and Engineering Pictures

Online registration is now open for the new EdX course Making Science and Engineering Pictures, a class intended to help grad students and post-docs raise the level of their research photography. The course starts June 15, 2015 and is taught by MIT research scientist and photographer Felice Frankel. Course information and registration is available online.