PhD Students

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.

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Career Appointments

Schedule a one-on-one career advising appointment to discuss any career questions you might have. All of our advisors are trained and experienced in working with PhDs. We can help you with exploration and planning, job/internship searches, application materials, interviews, salary negotiations, and any other questions or concerns. We’re here to support you wherever you are in your career journey. Have questions about PhD career advising? Contact Alexis Boyer, PhD; Assistant Director, Graduate Student Career Services.

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Graduate Professional Development

MIT’s comprehensive collection of professional development opportunities are designed to help graduate students develop skills and knowledge valuable for any career path you decide to follow, within and beyond academe. Graduate student professional development is skills-based training complementary to your discipline-based coursework, focusing on seven competency areas: career advancement, communication, interpersonal development, leadership and mentoring, personal development, social responsibility, and teaching.

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Career Exploration for PhDs

Have you ever wondered what’s out there for someone with your advanced skills and training? How do you find out what all the options are for PhDs? How did your mentors and advisors start their careers? Apply your researcher’s mind to career exploration and find answers to your most pressing questions about PhD careers. CAPD has what you need to start exploring career possibilities and forge your own path.

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Workshops and Events

Take advantage of all MIT has to offer by participating in Institute career fairs and CAPD workshops and events tailored for PhDs. Refine your job documents, discover ways to develop your professional skills before you hit the job market, or learn how to leverage the power of your MIT network.

MIT Sloan Retail Conference

March 3, in person: E14

This year’s MIT Sloan Retail Conference is honored to have Heidi Hackemer as our keynote speaker! Along with our opening keynote, we will be hosting panels of innovative leaders and industry experts to discuss how …

By Amanda Cornwall
Amanda Cornwall Graduate Student Professional Development
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Writing and Communication Center’s IAP Finale!

Writing and Communication Center IAP Workshops

During the week of IAP (January 30-February 3), the WCC offers an excellent collection of workshops for graduate students:

The Nuts and Bolts of Writing a Master’s Thesis: Mon, Jan 30th, 10-11:30am; via Zoom (

By Amanda Cornwall
Amanda Cornwall Graduate Student Professional Development
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Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, Second Edition

Based on workshops co-sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and HHMI, this book is a collection of practical advice and experiences from seasoned biomedical investigators and includes chapters on laboratory leadership, getting funded, project management, and teaching and course design.

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BCG recruiting opportunities for MIT PhD’s & Postdocs

BCG has announced their spring recruiting events which are intended for any PhDs, Postdocs, MDs or JDs interested in consulting with BCG, specifically those interested in applying for our Bridge to BCG Consulting program. Below is a list of recruiting …

By Francis Borrego
Francis Borrego Senior Assistant Director, Employer Relations 
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ELEVEL Academy (Programming, Project-Management, Machine Learning and more)

The German start-up “ELEVEL Academy” offers a variety of interactive, free 2 hour webinars – ranging from Programming, Project-Management to Machine Learning and more. The young company has set itself the task of enabling students and young professionals to learn …

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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 …

Interviews for faculty positions often include two rounds:

First round – Phone or Video  (20-40 minutes)

This is an initial …

If you receive an academic job offer, express interest, and then take the time to carefully assess whether the offer …