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.




Laureates & Leaders Graduate Student Mentoring Initiative

When: Nov. 1

Looking for graduate students who are willing to serve as informal mentors to URM undergrads interested in a PhD or MD/PhD. There is no formal time commitment. Laureates & Leaders staff can connect undergrads with you as they need. All courses welcome. L&L students typically major in Courses 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 18, and 20.

Get paid to TA for IAP 2019: Momentum (16.682)

When: Apply by November 2, 2018!

Get paid to TA for Momentum (16.682)! (Class participants are MIT first and second year UGs). This year’s focus: autonomous vehicles. Class will collaborate with General Motors.
Seeking experiences including (not limited to): Courses 2 and/or 6, vehicles/design, robotics, workshop (D-Lab). Position is 20hrs/wk beginning Jan 7, 2019 plus paid trainings in Nov and Dec 2018.

Afrofuturism-Inspired Multimedia Art Show

When: Submit Nov. 5
Where: Building W31, Room 110 – SPXCE Intercultural Center

View, share, and interact with artistic pieces inspired by themes discussed in the book Dawn by Octavia Butler. Explore transhumanism and human evolution, gender (de)construction, Afrofuturism, multi-ethnic/multi-species futures, LGBT identities, and more. Submissions may include 2D and 3D art, costume art, performance art, music, or multimedia (priority deadline: 10/22/2018). Submission form: (There will be prizes and refreshments!). Held in partnership with the Black Students’ Union and cohosted by MIT Libraries and the Office of Multicultural Programs.

Engineering Career Fair Collaborative

When: November 14, 2018

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. MIT students should register in Careerbridge.

MIT Water Summit: Thirsty Cities. Early-bird tickets on sale now

When: November 15-16. Ticket prices go up October 31
Where: Wong auditorium

By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities, up from 50% today. Many cities are already running out of water. The MIT Water Summit is a great opportunity to meet and hear from top people in the water sector. Featuring attendees and speakers from water utilities, government agencies, industry, start-ups, NGOs, and academia. The first 25 students to purchase 2-day tickets will receive a free vacuum-insulated water bottle, great for keeping your drinks hot or cold. Opportunities to share your work/research in the water space or to pitch your water-related startup at the MIT Water Innovation Prize Kick-off