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.

New Professional Development Certificates for PhDs and Postdocs

Applications are now open

We are excited to announce that applications are now open for two new professional development certificate programs for PhDs and postdocs for AY 2023-2024: the Research Mentoring Certificate and the Grant Writing Training Certificate. Applications for …

By Amanda Cornwall
Amanda Cornwall Graduate Student Professional Development
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MITEC Student Seminar Series

The MIT Energy and Climate Club (MITEC) is excited to announce our speaker lineup for the Fall 2023 MITEC Student Seminar Series! We have a variety of speakers on topics ranging from climate policy to concrete structure optimization. Seminars will …

By Tara Thakurta
Tara Thakurta Graduate Community Fellow
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Chancellor’s Community Innovation Fund Is Back!

The Chancellor’s Community Innovation Fund is back!

Founded and supported by the Office of the Chancellor, the Community Innovation Fund seeks to leverage the creativity and problem-solving skills of MIT students, staff, and faculty to strengthen the fabric of our …

By Tara Thakurta
Tara Thakurta Graduate Community Fellow
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Build Up Health Writing Habits this Fall with Writing Together Online

Writing Together Online offers structured writing time to help you stay focused and productive during the busy fall months. We offer writing sessions every workday, Monday through Friday. Join our daily 90-minute writing sessions and become part of a community of …

By Amanda Cornwall
Amanda Cornwall Graduate Student Professional Development
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Graduate Certificate in Technical Leadership Workshop Series: Fall 2023

The Graduate Program in Engineering Leadership Program is pleased to announce the Graduate Certificate in Technical Leadership Workshop Series for Fall 2023.

We invite you to register and attend our series, which count toward satisfying requirements toward our certificate. The …

By Tara Thakurta
Tara Thakurta Graduate Community Fellow
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Featured Resources


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 …