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PhD Students

Welcome to the PhD Students page!

If you're in a PhD program at MIT, you are an exceptional researcher and scholar. With your deep knowledge and skills set, there are no limits to what you can achieve. When you can do so much, narrowing your options and making decisions about what you want to do and where you want to go can be daunting. We're here to help. Visit CAPD for a one-on-one conversation and address your questions with an advisor, use our resources to learn new skills like networking, and join our workshops to help you refine your job documents and search strategies. Whether you decide to pursue a career in academe, government, non-profit, or industry CAPD is ready to support you.


From PhD to Professor: Advice for Landing Your First Academic Position

by Johanna Greeson

I am living the dream.

At least, my professional dream, that is. I have the perfect job for me. And I’m going to share with you how I got it.

First, a little about me. This August, …

By Simona Rosu
Simona Rosu Senior Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development Simona Rosu
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Finding jobs in 2021: CAPD’s guide to the current state of recruiting

After the last eighteen months, it comes as no surprise that the recruiting landscape has seen a major shift to virtual recruiting  and an emphasis on improving company culture and inclusivity. However, there’s plenty about fall 2021’s recruiting cycle …

By Lydia Huth
Lydia Huth Communications Specialist Lydia Huth
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MIT Biological Engineering Career Expo: Friday Oct. 1, 10am – 3pm

The Department of Biological Engineering (BE) hosts its 8th annual Biological Engineering Career Expo on Friday, Oct 1 from 10am – 3pm. This event is open to other majors–if you are an undergrad, grad student, or postdoc, and your studies …

By Amanda Cornwall
Amanda Cornwall Associate Director, Graduate Student Professional Development Amanda Cornwall
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MIT Alumni Entrepreneurship Panel at iHQ

Sept. 30th, 4:00-5:30pm, MIT E38 iHQ, Fl. 7

MIT’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) Community is vast and thriving. Thousands of students have participated in programs offered by dozens of organizations across campus. This is your chance to hear from alumni …

By Amanda Cornwall
Amanda Cornwall Associate Director, Graduate Student Professional Development Amanda Cornwall
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IAP Micro-internships are in Handshake – Apply now!

Looking for a short-term project or internship over IAP? Consider a micro-internship! Build skills, connect with employers and explore a career path. Check out these micro-internships:   

Economic Consulting (Alumni Host) @ NERA Economic Consulting 
Goddard Space Flight Center (Alumni Host) @ …

By Tavi Sookhoo
Tavi Sookhoo Assistant Director, Career Prototypes Tavi Sookhoo
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Featured Resources

The following materials are commonly requested.  We encourage you to schedule an appointment with a career advisor to review your …

WHAT IS A POSTDOCTORAL ASSIGNMENT (POSTDOC): An opportunity to develop additional skills and experience while under the supervision of an …