Career Advising

Exploration, preparation, and a team that understands how it all works.  When it comes to planning for your career, you may know exactly where you’re headed. You may have ideas that you’re excited to explore. Or maybe you’re not even sure where to start. And that’s ok. Career Services is your hub for all things career, from researching internships and attending job fairs to preparing for interviews and negotiating offers. Connect with us to gain specific career development skills and insights, work with our team to think big-picture about your life goals and career path, or tap into our extensive network of alumni and industry professionals. We’re here for every student and postdoc, regardless of academic background or professional interests. Career Services team members are committed to becoming your trusted, understanding guide. Explore your options. Find your place. And let us help get you there.  Questions? Contact us at

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Schedule, reschedule, or cancel career appointments with our team and with Peer Career Advisors through Handshake.

  • Career Advising (30 minutes, 50 minutes)
  • Critique of Resume, CV, Cover Letter, or LinkedIn Profile (30 minutes)
  • Behavioral Mock Interview (50 minutes)
  • Self-Assessment (50 minutes)
  • Presentation or Job Talk Review (60 minutes)

If you have an urgent career question and don’t see an available appointment in Handshake, please email us at

Alumni graduated more than 2 years ago are directed to a list of external providers for advisement.

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Events & Workshops

Our events and workshops encompass a wide-range of topics including career exploration, the internship and job search, self-assessment, networking, the graduate school application process, and more. See a list of our upcoming events and workshops.

If you are an MIT department or student group who would like to request a career event, please complete this form.

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Career Interests

Our Career Interests pages are a way to explore various careers, find useful resources and connect to potential opportunities. CAPD has curated several career interest pages to help you explore career fields and find resources, internships, jobs, and advice.

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Career Exploration

It’s okay not to have all of the answers! Career exploration is the process of learning about various career paths to find some options that could be a fit for you, your skills, values, and interests. There are many ways to explore, including doing self-assessments, reading about different career paths online, attending events, talking to other students and alumni, and doing career prototypes. Learn more about how to explore careers and connect with a CAPD advisor to come up with a personalized plan. Check out the events calendar for more opportunities, especially during the Fall Career Exploration Series!


Career Prototypes

Test your assumptions about a field and make informed decisions regarding your next career move. Below are a few ways you can prototype your career.

  • Conduct career conversations with MIT Alums
  • Complete a summer internship or IAP micro-internship
  • Participate in one of MIT’s many experiential learning programs
  • Explore a virtual experience program

Reserve an Interview Space

Our office contains over two dozen individual rooms each with their own phone, desk, and whiteboard  available to use if you need a private space for a job, internship, or medical school interview!

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