Summer schedule, May 30-August 26, 2022 | CAPD is remote on Fridays, hours stay the same | See our full schedule

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.



American Council of Learned Societies: Pathways to Non-Academic Careers for PhDs

Interested in non-academic career paths for humanities & social sciences PhDs? Watch the recording of the American Council of Learned Societies’ May 17 2022 panel discussion, “Beyond the Academy: Pathways to Non-Academic Careers for PhDs”:


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Faculty Job Search Series: Summer 2022

This summer, Career Advising and Professional Development will help you prepare for your upcoming academic job search. When tenure track faculty jobs post this fall, you’ll be ready! Join us as we discuss the application process and consider the documents …

By Alexis Boyer
Alexis Boyer Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Services
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Spilling the Tea

Spilling the Tea is a summer alumni mentoring conversation series for women identifying graduate students at MIT. These events will open with a short discussion of a case study and evolve into organic conversations. Registration is limited.

Spilling the Tea …

By Alexis Boyer
Alexis Boyer Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Services
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InterSECT Job Simulations

InterSECT is an online platform that allows PhD-level scientists and humanists, regardless of professional stage, to explore future career options. Our goal is to provide true-to-life job simulation exercises that help individuals consider the following questions:
What are my professional interests …

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Special Leadership Opportunity: gwaMIT Executive Board

Become a member of the gwaMIT Executive Board!

gwaMIT (graduate womxn at MIT) is a student organization to enhance the professional development, individual growth, and empowerment of all graduate womxn at MIT, while strengthening connections between existing groups. 

Want to …

By Amanda Cornwall
Amanda Cornwall Associate Director, Graduate Student Professional Development
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Featured Profiles


  • Director of Graduate Fellowships-Office of Graduate Education (OGE)
  • Senior Lecturer, Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program

Diana Chien

Alumni, Partner
  • Program Director, School of Engineering Communication Lab

Sean Clarke

Alumni, Partner
  • Communication Instructor + Biotech Liaison