How to Help MIT Students, Postdocs, and Recent Alumni Gain Experience

CAPD has compiled the following ways that alumni, parents, and employers can partner with campus organizations and programs at MIT to help support undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and recent alumni.

Post Opportunities in Handshake:

If your organization has a job, internship, project, or temporary work that can be handled remotely, please post them to Handshake. Simply create a free account for your organization (as needed) and yourself. All accounts are approved by CAPD prior to being able to post opportunities. If you have additional questions about posting to Handshake, please email hiremit@mit.edu.

Host Virtual Information Sessions or Events: 

Your organization can host virtual events to promote internships or full-time opportunities, career exploration, and more. We encourage you to create these virtual events in Handshake and extend them to MIT so that they appear on our events calendar and we can help drive awareness.

Volunteer for the Alumni Advisors Hub: 

If you want to lend support and share advice with students one-on-one, we frequently refer students to the Alumni Advisors Hub. This is a great way to connect with students for informal discussions from a distance to help them with questions about job searches, career preparation, assist them in networking, and other career navigation topics.

Provide a Micro-internship: 

Micro-internships are short-term paid projects or paid internships where undergraduate and graduate students can collaborate with employers and/or MIT alumni on research, data analysis, or other projects. Benefit from this opportunity to connect with MIT students, build brand awareness, and attain support for short-term projects. The goal for the program is to expand career exploration opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students.

MIT Alumni or other companies interested in hosting micro-internship can contact Tavi Sookhoo at tsookhoo@mit.edu.

Participate in the E-Mentor Advocate Partnership (EMAP):

This volunteer e-mentoring opportunity matches MIT alumni with a rising sophomore, junior, or senior (aka protégé) for a career and professional development-focused mentoring relationship. EMAP Mentors engage with their assigned protégé on a monthly basis through the year on a variety of topics, including general career guidance/discussions, resume reviews, mock interviews, internship prep, and networking. Learn more on the Office of Minority Education (OME) site.


Host a Social Impact Intern: 

Our MIT colleagues at the PKG Center for Public Service are seeking internship hosts for opportunities with non-profit organizations, government agencies, and for-profit companies focused on social innovation. You can learn more here and contact Julie Uva from the PKG Center at juva@mit.edu with questions or opportunities.

By Meredith Pepin
Meredith Pepin Associate Director, Career Advising & Education Meredith Pepin