International Students

Welcome, international students and trainees!

Did you know that international students make up nearly 30% of MIT’s student body and 60% of postdoc associates? Your presence here is essential to the vitality and energy of the vibrant MIT campus. CAPD is here to help you explore your professional aspirations, apply to grad school, and achieve your career goals, whether in the US or abroad. Read below for more information about how MIT and CAPD in particular can support you as you launch your professional career.

Job Searching as an International

The transition from international student or scholar to job seeker doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. Use the links below to get your questions answered and stay up-to-date with latest regulations through the International Students Office or International Scholars Office. As always, feel free to meet with CAPD advisors to make sure you’re on track.


Laureates & Leaders – Applications due October 12th!

Interested in a doctoral degree? The Laureates & Leaders program is a graduate school initiative designed by MIT’s Office of Minority Education. The purpose of this program is to encourage and support underrepresented students in their quest to achieve a …

By Kendel Jester
Kendel Jester Career Advisor
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5 Illegal Interview Questions and How to Dodge Them

by Angela Smith, MBA

You’re sitting in the interview for your dream job, and it’s going great. You’ve knocked the hard questions out of the park, and you and the interviewer are really hitting it off. Then, out of the blue, she …

By Simona Rosu
Simona Rosu Senior Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development
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The Three Most Important Ways to Show Value to your Employers

By Interstride

Imagine your job application on the desk of a hiring manager.

Next to yours is another one, but this one belongs to a domestic student who is also nearing graduation. Your resumes look almost identical.

Who gets a …

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How International Students & Trainees can Communicate Value to Potential Employers

Often the first contact an employer has with new recruits is through a resume or CV and a cover letter. To make these materials work for you, focus on the tips below:

Highlight technical skills

Employers want the complete package …

By Ariel Ackermann
Ariel Ackermann Assistant Director, Early Career Engagement
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Internationals: Ask these 3 questions before committing to an OPT job or internship

As an international student or trainee, you are probably familiar with the term OPT (Optional Practical Training). In order to use your OPT time, the opportunity must be directly related to your field of study, and answering these three questions …

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