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Graduate Student Professional Development

Discover resources, connect with mentors, dive deeper into MIT’s 7 professional development competencies, and find out about upcoming events and opportunities.

Graduate professional development is skills-based training complementary to your academic coursework that will augment any career path you decide to follow, within and beyond academe.

MIT provides professional development resources to help you deepen your skills and knowledge in seven areas: career advancement, communication, interpersonal skills, leadership and mentoring, personal development, social responsibility, and teaching. Honing these competencies will give you the confidence to thrive and contribute as a researcher, educator, industry leader, and citizen.



Attention Grad Students: Are You Interested in Mentoring Young Researchers?

The Office of Graduate Education GradDiversity is preparing to bring undergraduate research interns to campus for the upcoming MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) and is seeking to hire 16 Pod Leaders, part-time graduate student mentors.

If you are seeking a …

By Amanda Cornwall
Amanda Cornwall Associate Director, Graduate Student Professional Development Amanda Cornwall
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Data Science & Analytics Career Night – 3/7/22

Each year, companies from all industries and sizes come to the MIT Media Lab in the Spring to showcase their analytics excellence and recruit analytics talent from multiple disciplines at MIT.

By Amanda Cornwall
Amanda Cornwall Associate Director, Graduate Student Professional Development Amanda Cornwall
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Design Principles 101: Top Figure-Making Tips to Boost Science Communication

Effective visuals are critical in advancing scientific discovery, for peer-to-peer communication, and are becoming ever-more imperative to communicating with the public given the eroding distrust in science. However, with limited resources and tools, visually communicating scientific concepts is challenging (ie: …

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Tips for Successful Screening Interviews

By Gaeun Seo | December 6, 2021 | Inside Higher Ed

The faculty interviewing season is upon us! Are you ready for first round interviews? This article has some great tips on what to expect and how to prepare.

“Although specific interview …

By Alexis Boyer
Alexis Boyer Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Services Alexis Boyer
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Optimize Your Mentoring Practice

In January 2020, the MIT Teaching and Learning Lab hosted Dr. Christine Pfund, who presented how to use the science of effective mentorship to optimize your mentoring practice. Christine Pfund, PhD is a senior scientist with the Wisconsin Center for …

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Lily Liu

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