Career prototypes

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


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Internships & Micro-internships


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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

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Experiential Learning @ MIT

  • Use ELx to find Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELOs) @ MIT including UROPs, MISTI and more!
  • Join students groups that partner with employers
  • Participate in hackathons, design or engineering challenges

Now recruiting: CAPD student leaders

Want to support MIT students, postdocs, employers, and alumni while you get hands-on experience for your career? Apply to CAPD’s student roles! Each of these opportunities lets you grow your skills in a specific focus area — from event planning to …

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Makerlodge for First Years

MakerLodge is an extracurricular training program open to all MIT first-year undergraduate students. Connect with this resources to discover MIT shops and makerspaces!

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IAP Micro-internships are in Handshake – Apply now!

Looking for a short-term project or internship over IAP? Consider a micro-internship! Build skills, connect with employers and explore a career path. Check out these micro-internships:   

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Tavi Sookhoo Assistant Director, Career Prototypes
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Starting a new job is one of the most important — and challenging — parts of any professional’s career. All too often, employees struggle to understand the cultural norms of their new organizations, leading to a variety of workplace conflicts. To set …

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U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program

“Experience” Hands-On Diplomacy as a U.S. Foreign Service Intern.

Spend two summers in an experiential-learning program designed to expose undergraduate students to U.S. diplomacy and the work of the Department of State. Established in 2014, this merit and needs-based opportunity is available to …

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