Host a Virtual Event, Program or Workshop

We are planning for virtual recruiting activities only for the 2021-22 academic year including employer programs, information sessions and events. Employers hosting virtual programs are encouraged to post these programs on Handshake. If any questions, please email

At this time, we are planning for all Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 recruiting activities to take place virtually including employer programs, information sessions and events. Employers are encouraged to engage students in a wide range of virtual programming in the 2021-22 academic year. Your organization can invite students to participate in virtual events (company presentations, tech talks, coffee-chats, etc.) by posting your event in Handshake. Events are added to the MIT calendar of events in Handshake, and to manage student RSVPs, you may choose to either use Handshake or include in the event posting a link to an external platform. Employers are responsible for using their own virtual platform, such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams among others, to host and deliver their virtual event. Please note there is no charge to post an event on Handshake, and you are encouraged to connect with student clubs/organizations and academic administrators to raise awareness of your program. Employers can request additional event support from Career Advising & Professional Development for a fee of $200 per virtual event. Please see additional details below:

Type of Virtual Employer Program

Company Presentation FREE
Tech Talk FREE
Professional Development FREE
Office Hours/Resume Review/Coffee Chats FREE
CAPD Sponsored Event Support $200 per virtual event

CAPD Sponsored Event Support

Due to sheer volume of programs and events, CAPD does not have the ability to promote every employer event posted on Handshake. For a $200 fee per virtual event, employers can receive additional event support which include the following benefits:
  • Review & audit event details for maximum effectiveness
  • Invite Students in Handshake
  • Recognition as CAPD Sponsored Event
  • Inclusion on the MIT Events Calendar
  • Email to Students Organizations, Course Admins, others
  • Monitoring of Event RSVPs
  • Capture Student RSVPs through Handshake
For additional questions or to discuss partnering with CAPD on your virtual event, please contact the CAPD employer relations team at


Tips on Connecting with MIT Students

MIT students are known to be inquisitive and want to solve the world’s most challenging problems. In the planning of your programs please be aware that the traditional “why work for XYZ company” program does not draw as well as programs which engage students with valuable insight, details, advice, and first hand experiences. Incorporating MIT alumni employed at your company into your presentation can also be an effective way to attract current students. For best results in attracting MIT students when posting in Handshake, provide details about the session, desired target audience, and also have minimal restrictions so all interested students can participate. CAPD can help you connect with relevant student organizations and academic administrators.


Company Presentation

Raise awareness and build interest in your company, mission, culture, and opportunities. Considering also discussing recruiting timelines, interview tips, and answer questions from participating students.


Tech Talk

A more detailed presentation regarding a specific problem your company or team faced, how you diagnosed the issue, and the steps you took to solve it. Tech Talks are often presented by members with first-hand experience of the problem-solving process.


Office Hours/Resume Reviews

Hold scheduled 20-minute, one-on-one appointments with students to discuss their company as well as provide career advice and resume/portfolio critiques.


Site Visit

Hosted via a virtual platform, a typical visit consists of an employer presentation/information session, panel of employees, office space or lab tour, Q&A and alumni and professional networking opportunity.
Professional Development
Instead of presenting on your company and opportunities, consider co-presenting with CAPD staff on coaching students and building their skillsets to better prepare them for life after graduation. Topics can include, but are not limited to: networking, leadership, work-life balance, communication, organization, research, and creative problem solving.
For any questions related to virtual events, please contact the CAPD employer relations team at