Family/Supporters

Welcome to the Family/Supporters page!

Exploration, preparation, and a team that understands how it all works.

MIT Career Advising and Professional Development (CAPD) empowers students to think big picture about their career interests and goals, then supports them through every part of the journey, from research, resumes, and career fairs, to interviews, job offers, and salaries. Watch the CAPD Orientation to learn how our office can help your student explore careers and prepare for internships, jobs, and graduate school. Learn more about our programs and services and meet CAPD staff.


Parents and supporters are integral navigators

Parents and supporters have a special role in navigating students to resources during their time at MIT that will help as they discover their career interests and gain experience to verify that those are career paths they wish to pursue in the future. Review this video series to hear additional ways that parents and supporters can assist students in career exploration.

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Supporting your student during the first year at MIT

At MIT, supporters, families, and parents can help first year students explore and prepare for their future careers by connecting them to Career Advising and Professional Development (CAPD).  During the first year, we help with connecting major to career, selecting courses for those interested in prehealth, exploring career fields, and much more.  First year students come to CAPD’s first year signature  events where  content is tailored to first year students or to any of the general events and programs.

Supporting your student beyond the first year

MIT co-curricular and experiential learning provides vast opportunities to explore and discover career paths. We encourage students to start by exploring careers through our Career Exploration Series, perusing our Career Interests page, attending a Infinite Careers event featuring MIT alumni, and exploring a career path through microinterninships or career prototyping. CAPD provides shadowing, short and long term experiences in workplace settings in various fields and students have access to these opportunities through MIT’s Handshake system. Additional MIT experiential learning opportunities are available in MIT’s ELx.

Continuing to support your graduate student’s career pursuits

As a parent or supporter of a graduate student at MIT, your role continues to be important. An advanced degree often requires determination, as students are focused on their professional endeavors.  CAPD offers career advising for Master’s and PhD students. Also, Graduate Student Professional Development provides a comprehensive collection of professional development opportunities designed to help graduate students develop skills and knowledge within and beyond academe.

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Parents and supporters’ questions answered by CAPD staff

Wondering how to help your student narrow down their major? Concerned that your student’s lack of internship experience due to the pandemic may impact their chances of getting a job? Want to know what happens if your student gets a job before they find out about graduate school acceptance?

If you have questions about supporting your student, let us know. CAPD experts will be answering family and supporters’ general questions throughout the year, so submit your questions.

Introducing the 2024 Johnson & Johnson Access-Ability Lime Scholarship

Designed for current college students with disabilities who are pursuing a Health Care or STEM degree at a four-year university or college in the U.S. Apply by 4/7!

By Kendel Jester
Kendel Jester Assistant Director, Early Career Engagement
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2024 Path of Professorship builds up women in academia

On November 18-19, 2023 CAPD and the Office of Graduate Education (OGE) successfully organized the 18th annual Path of Professorship program. Path of Professorship is a 2-day workshop for women interested in pursuing academic careers. This revered tradition was created by Blanche …

By Elsie Otero
Elsie Otero Assistant Director, Graduate Student Professional Development
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Two from MIT named 2024 Marshall Scholars

Julia Mongo | Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Published by MIT News on December 11, 2023

Anushree Chaudhuri and Rupert Li have won Marshall Scholarships, a prestigious British government-funded fellowship that offers exceptional American students the opportunity to pursue several years of graduate study …

By Julia Mongo
Julia Mongo Staff Writer and Advisor
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Miranda McClellan ’18, MEng ’19 awarded 2025 Schwarzman Scholarship

Julia Mongo | Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Published by MIT News on December 8, 2023

MIT alumna Miranda McClellan ’18, MEng ’19 has been named a 2025 Schwarzman Scholar. In August 2024, she will join the program’s 150 scholars arriving from 43 countries …

By Julia Mongo
Julia Mongo Staff Writer and Advisor
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Ayomikun Ayodeji ’22 named a 2024 Rhodes Scholar

Julia Mongo | Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Published by MIT News on November 11, 2023

Ayomikun “Ayo” Ayodeji ’22 from Lagos, Nigeria, has been selected as a Rhodes Scholar for West Africa. He will begin fully funded postgraduate studies at Oxford University in …

By Julia Mongo
Julia Mongo Staff Writer and Advisor
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Featured Resources

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Handshake 101: What it is & how to use it

CAPD is committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive environment for everyone we serve. If you need any disability-related accommodations to …

Members of the CAPD staff shared information with parents and supporters during Campus Preview Weekend on March 31, 2023.

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