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.



Understanding Advising: Exploring the Advisor and Advisee Relationship

October 13th 1-2pm Virtual Session

Advising is critical to graduate student success. But there is still ambiguity in the literature on higher education and the various advising experiences that students have. Through this panel participants will learn about a new …

By Elsie Otero
Elsie Otero Assistant Director, Graduate Student Professional Development
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Writing Together Online

Writing Together Online is back with an expanded choice of sessions to accommodate those who prefer to write early and those who need longer sessions. Join 90-min writing sessions, which create a community of scholars who connect, set realistic goals, …

By Amanda Cornwall
Amanda Cornwall Graduate Student Professional Development
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CAPD Podcast Playlist: Professional Development & Career Competencies

Check out CAPD’s ever-expanding playlist of podcasts offering insight into professional development & career competencies.

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Income Tax Info for MIT International Students & Postdocs

MIT’s Office of the Vice President for Finance provides online and in-person resources for foreign national students and postdocs at MIT for tax withholding, determination of tax treaty eligibility, and tax filing software. International students and postdocs may access:


By Amanda Cornwall
Amanda Cornwall Graduate Student Professional Development
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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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