What We Offer

Wondering how CAPD can help you? Learn more about each of these topics through the CAPD site. For additional support, schedule an appointment with a team member.

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Career Advising

When it comes to planning for your career, you may know exactly where you’re headed. You may have ideas that you’re excited to explore. Or maybe you’re not even sure where to start. And that’s okay.

Career Services is your hub for all things career, from researching internships and attending job fairs to preparing for interviews and negotiating offers.

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Distinguished Fellowships

We help MIT students identify, explore, and apply to competitive domestic and international fellowships, and we guide you through every part of the journey.

Our dedicated fellowship advisors provide the personalized advice and deep expertise required to compete for these prestigious awards.

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Employer Relations

The Employer Relations team provides employers with a point-of-contact to navigate MIT’s decentralized recruiting processes and provide insight on how to connect with academic departments, internship programs, and appropriate student groups. We also help employers identify effective marketing methods, coordinate recruitment activities such as employer programs, events, interviewing, and other initiatives to maximize employer recruiting success.

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Graduate Student Professional Development

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.

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Prehealth Advising

A career in health is a commitment to making a lifetime of difference. Exploring different paths and programs is a crucially important (but not always easy) part of the journey. We’re here to give you all the support you need as you explore different careers in the health field, then prepare for and apply to a range of top-tier health profession schools and programs.

We work to demystify every step of the application process, sharing our expertise and experience in researching programs, understanding prerequisites and requirements, writing essays, and preparing for interviews.

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Student Leadership Opportunities

Want to support MIT students, postdocs, and alumni while you get hands-on experience for your career? Apply to CAPD’s student leadership positions!

Students are pivotal to CAPD’s work in career fair logistics, career exploration, first-year engagement, peer career advising, and communications. Each of these opportunities lets you grow your skills in a specific focus area — from event planning to managing a team — while practicing soft skills like teamwork in a fun, collaborative environment.

2024 CAPD FAQs for Family & Supporters

During Campus Preview Weekend 2024’s Parent Programming, members of the CAPD staff shared information with parents and supporters. View the recording and access the presentation below. Also see our FAQ section below for questions we have received from parents and …

By Kendel Jester
Kendel Jester Assistant Director, Early Career Engagement
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A successful inaugural year for CAPD Graduate Student Professional Development’s certificate programs

This spring, over 150 doctoral students and postdocs successfully completed CAPD’s new professional development certificate program. Two certificates—one in research mentoring and the other in grant writing—were launched last fall to help PhD students and postdocs advance their growth in …

By Julia Mongo
Julia Mongo Staff Writer and Advisor
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MIT Comm Lab Spotlight: Engineers, Express Yourselves

The MIT School of Engineering Communication Lab, which turned 10 in 2023, helps students translate their work for broader impact.

For a decade, the MIT School of Engineering Communication Lab, which originated in the Department of Biological Engineering and has …

By Tara Thakurta
Tara Thakurta Graduate Community Fellow
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Paid Positions at the Office of Sustainability

The MIT Office of Sustainability is seeking applicants for a 10-week, student researcher summer cohort program.

We have 6 hourly paid positions for graduate and undergraduate students.

This is an opportunity to dive into hands-on projects aimed at advancing sustainability …

By Tara Thakurta
Tara Thakurta Graduate Community Fellow
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Sadhana Lolla named 2024 Gates Cambridge Scholar

Julia Mongo | Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Published by MIT News on February 27, 2024

MIT senior Sadhana Lolla has won the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which offers students an opportunity to pursue graduate study in the field of their choice at Cambridge …

By Julia Mongo
Julia Mongo Staff Writer and Advisor
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Featured Resources

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Handshake 101: What it is & how to use it

CAPD is committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive environment for everyone we serve. If you need any disability-related accommodations to …

PhD Career Pathways

The Council of Graduate Schools’ PhD Career Pathways project is a multi-phase initiative to improve doctoral education through data collection, information-sharing, university …