Family/Supporters

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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. We also invite you to 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 can also come to CAPD’s first-year signature events, where content is tailored to their unique stage of their college career, 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 an Infinite Careers event featuring MIT alums, and exploring a career path through micro-internships or career prototyping. CAPD also provides shadowing, and or short- and long-term experiences in workplace settings in various fields, which students have access to 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.

Happy Pride

Wishing you the happiest Pride month! Save the date for JAKE Small coming to MIT on Tuesday, September 10, 2024.

By Alexis Boyer
Alexis Boyer Alexis Boyer Assistant Director, Graduate Student Career Services
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Unlocking Opportunities: A Recap of the 2024 Spring Career Night at MIT 

On February 28, the 2024 Spring Career Night (SCN) at MIT was not just an event; it was an experience that redefined how students and employers connect. Imagine a career fair, but smaller, more intimate, where you can network with …

By Mitchell Moise
Mitchell Moise Employer Relations Coordinator
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Discovering community and cultural connections

A joint humanities and engineering major, senior Grace McMillan is setting her sights on a legal career focused on education policy reform.

“When McMillan isn’t in class or hanging out with her sisters, she’s in the library studying for the …

By MIT News
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Eleven from MIT awarded 2024 Fulbright fellowships

Julia Mongo | Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Published by MIT News on May 20, 2024

Eleven MIT undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni have won Fulbright grants to embark on projects overseas in the 2024-25 grant cycle. Two other students were offered awards but …

By Julia Mongo
Julia Mongo Staff Writer and Advisor
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5 tips to make your summer count

We hope that you’re getting ready for a rejuvenating summer, whether you’re preparing for a UROP, interning, volunteering, or taking a break.

Whatever your summer plans, consider these five simple but helpful tips:

1. Whatever the structure of your summer, …

By Lydia Huth
Lydia Huth Communications Specialist
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Handshake 101: What it is & how to use it

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