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.

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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TA Opportunity: Opportunity to Teach Scientific Proposal Writing

HST is looking for a TA for HST.500 this spring term. The class reviews research areas at the intersection of medicine and engineering and trains students in scientific proposal writing.

If you’re interested in learning more, please review the course description below and contact 

By Amanda Cornwall
Amanda Cornwall Graduate Student Professional Development
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Building Skills for a Successful PhD

Riccio Graduate Engineering Leadership Program IAP Workshop

January 31, 1-4 PM; Room 32-144

In this workshop, we will discuss non-technical skills that are critical for a successful PhD journey and professional career. Topics will focus on personal and interpersonal skills, …

By Amanda Cornwall
Amanda Cornwall Graduate Student Professional Development
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IAP Graduate Student Professional Development Jumpstart

Tuesday, January 31, 2023, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
E19-202 – Ford Building (E19)

Register HERE.

New year, new you! Have you resolved to make 2023 the year where you take control of your journey through graduate school and aim …

By Amanda Cornwall
Amanda Cornwall Graduate Student Professional Development
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I am a LEADer Virtual Diversity Leadership Conference

Intercultural Engagement (i.e.), LBGTQ+ Services, Women and Gender Services (WXGS), and SOLE are proud to present the 3rd annual I am a LEADer (LEAD – Learning Equity And Diversity) diversity leadership conference.

The conference will take place virtually over the last …

By Amanda Cornwall
Amanda Cornwall Graduate Student Professional Development
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Featured Resources

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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 …