Career prototypes can be conversations, internships, research experiences, or other short-term projects enabling you to test assumptions + inform your future career decisions. Whether you’re building a solar car or organizing a conference about sustainability, you’re learning about an industry and trying something new. These experiences are interactive (mens et manus) and leave room to reflect (do I want to do this again?) At MIT you’ll have many opportunities to prototype a career through CAPD and the robust number of experiential learning programs offered at the Institute. Don’t see an option that suits your needs? Schedule an appointment with a CAPD staff member to brainstorm ideas.
Ways You Can Prototype Your Career
Career conversations with MIT Alums
- Use MIT Alumni Advisors Hub to book career conversations or ask alums if they open to job shadowing opportunities.
- Search MIT’s Alumni Directory to find professionals you can connect with.
Internships & Micro-internships
- Review these resources to help you find an internship
- Complete micro-internships ( short-term projects) over IAP many are hosted by MIT Alums
Virtual Experience Programs
- InterSECT enables PhD-level scientists and humanists to explore future career options through job simulations
- Forage offers virtual work experience programs developed through company partners
Experiential Learning @ MIT
- Join students groups that partner with employers
- Participate in hackathons, design or engineering challenges.
- Take project-based classes
- Check out the organizations below to learn about offices at MIT that have experiential learning components
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