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.


2018-2019 MIT Graduate Student Leadership Institute

When: Online application due Sep 11 at 5pm; Cape Cod retreat weekend Sep 21-23; six Monday sessions at MIT in Oct/Nov
Where: Online application due Tues Sept 11 at 5pm ET; Cape Cod retreat; six Monday sessions Oct/Nov on MIT campus; additional spring programming events offered

MIT GSLI is a first-of-its-kind, peer-led collaboration across all MIT graduate schools to develop leadership skills, experience, and networks. Out of the hectic pace of MIT, the program carves out dedicated time and space for purposeful, authentic reflection and connection across disciplines. All MIT graduate students pursuing degrees invited to apply.

  • Cape Cod kickoff retreat
    Fri Sep 21 at 7pm – Sun Sep 23 at 3pm
  • Monday sessions 8-10pm, dinner provided, on MIT campus
    Oct 1, 15, 22, 29 and Nov 5, 26

Supported by The MIT Leadership Center, Student Activities Office, MIT Sloan Student Life Office, and the Office of Graduate Education.


Entrepreneurship & Innovation Resource Roundup

When: Sep 12 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Where: MIT Stata Center (student street)

Come by to learn about the many entrepreneurship and innovation resources available on campus this fall: classes, sources of funding, makerspaces, mentoring programs, prize competitions and more. While normally spread across campus, all of fall’s entrepreneurship and innovation resources will be in one place: MIT Innovation Initiative, Martin Trust Center, Arts at MIT, Lemelson-MIT Program, MIT $100K, Sandbox Innovation Fund Program, and many more. As an added bonus, free food will be provided!


Should I join a startup or an established company?

When: Sep 12, 2018, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Where: MIT Room 1-190

Are you thinking about what it might be like to join a start-up? Not sure about how it would be different from working at an established company? Come learn about how your role might differ at the two types of companies and determine which is the right environment for you. In a fun and engaging format, Sue Acton will share her experiences at start-ups and established companies, and you will leave with insights as to which environment is the best fit for you. RSVP required via Careerbridge.


Career Fair Prep

When: Sep 12, 2018, 6-7pm
Where: New House Residence Hall

How are you preparing for the Fall Career Fair? Bring your laptop and use the latest platform, VMock, provided by Career Services to have your resume critiqued.  Then you will learn about the best strategy for you on how to navigate the Fall Career Fair and make the most use of your time as you jumpstart your internship or fulltime job search.  RSVP required via Careerbridge.


Orientation to Recruiting

When: Sep 12, 2018, 7:15 – 8:15pm
Where: MIT Room 56-114

Looking for a job or internship? Start here! Learn about:

  • MIT recruiting guidelines
  • Etiquette when applying to jobs, interviewing, courting potential employers and more
  • Professional integrity – how not to mess up your professional reputation
  • Making sound career decisions
  • Quick tips and tricks on the CareerBridge and LinkedIn

RSVP required via Careerbridge.


Industry Job Search for PhDs and Postdocs

When: Sep 13, 2018, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Where: MIT Room 35-225

Increase your confidence to launch an effective job search in industry and for non-professor opportunities. You will learn about many valuable resources. We will examine networking as an important strategy and discuss how to do it in a way that will work for you. MIT has excellent resources to help you network with alumni in different fields. The program will also provide tips on how to stay competitive throughout your job search. Come learn how you can deliver an effective message about your qualifications when communicating with employers.  RSVP required via Careerbridge.


Applying to Graduate Fellowships

When: Sep 18 from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Where: 68-181

Get info/tips on applying to fellowships; learn how to craft personal statements, research proposals, and obtain recommendation letters. It’s never too early or too late to start applying! RSVP here:
Pizza/lunch provided!


Fall Career Fair

When: September 21, 2018
Where: Johnson Athletic Center

This career fair kicks off the fall recruiting season and is the largest fair on-campus with over 300 companies in attendance.


MIT Graduate Student Employer Networking Event

When: Sep 21, 7 PM – 9 PM
Where: Mezzanine Lounge, 3rd floor W20 Stratton Student Center

Want to learn about careers outside academia? Looking for companies interested in hiring graduate students and postdocs? Hate that the Career Fair is so crowded? Come to the GSC’s new networking event at the end of Career Week! This event is limited to MIT graduate students and postdocs – register to reserve your spot now!


Alumni Career Panels

When: September 22, 2018, 3:30-5pm
Where: Tang Center, E51, 3rd floor

MIT alumni are returning to campus to talk with you, graduate students! Whether you just arrived to campus or know exactly what you want to do when you graduate, don’t miss this great opportunity to connect with MIT alumni. Attend one of four career panels:

  • Industry research & development
  • Government & policy
  • Consulting, business & finance
  • Academia

Alumni Reception for Graduate Students

When: September 22, 2018, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Where: Samberg Conference Center, E52, 7th floor

There will be a formal reception immediately following the panels. You are invited to come network with alumni attending the Alumni Leadership Conference. Registration is separate from the panels and must be completed by Friday, September 14 at noon if you are interested in attending. Note: there are a limited number of spots.


Teaching at Teaching Intensive Institutions Conference

When: Friday, September 28th – 9:00am-3:00pm
Where: Westfield State University, Scanlon Hall, Westfield, MA

Many faculty enjoy rewarding careers at colleges and universities that primarily emphasize teaching, including liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and regional comprehensive universities. This free one-day regional conference brings together graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to discuss what it’s like to work at teaching intensive institutions and how to apply for these faculty positions. Graduate students and postdocs will engage with faculty and deans from a range of teaching-intensive institutions across the New England region through a series of talks, panel presentations, and networking opportunities. View the flyer and register here.