Schedule an Employer Program or Event

MIT invites employers to visit campus to recruit students and postdocs by hosting their own programs or events, participating in Institute-sponsored events such as a career fair, hackathons, conferences, and other large-scale events.

Request and Schedule a Program or Event On-campus

Employers seeking to host individual and company-specific programs and events on-campus should submit a program request. During the Spring 2024 semester available time slots to host a program will be at Noon, and at 5:30pm or 7:00pm Tuesday – Thursday. The cost to host a program is $400.

Please note that there are certain blackout days where programs can not be scheduled because of Institute holidays or events. For more details, please see the CAPD recruiting calendar.

Additional Instructions:
To request a date and time, please complete the Calendly event form with the detailed information requested. After submitting your request you should receive a response within 48 hours. Until you hear back from CAPD please do NOT create the event on Handshake. Should you have any immediate questions please email

Additional ways to connect with MIT students and postdocs:

  • Join ECP and Collaborate with CAPD – Employers who are a member of CAPD’s Employer Connection Program (ECP) receive guidance and additional assistance from CAPD including booking a room, taking the lead in marketing and building awareness for your upcoming program or event. CAPD can help you connect with relevant student organizations and academic administrators.
  • Host a Program or Event Near Campus – MIT is centrally located near a multitude of unique restaurants and hotels venues that have the capability to host a private event. Employers should reach out directly to a desired hotel/restaurant to make their accommodations. Recommended advertising includes posting the event in Handshake on the program calendar, emailing students directly to RSVP to attend, sharing the opportunity with student clubs/organizations, among other employer initiated marketing tactics.
  • Offer a Virtual Program or EventVirtual programs and events should be posted in Handshake on the events calendar. Virtual programs/events are most successful when they involve an interesting topic and or incentives for attending. Once the Employer Relations Team approves your Handshake submission, employers should email students directly to RSVP to attend, share the opportunity with student clubs/organizations, among other employer initiated marketing tactics.
  • Collaborate with an Academic Department – Connect with academic departments about possible ways to collaborate on career education events to help students learns about possible career paths at your organization that align with departments and student’s area of study.

What Type of Programs Work Best at MIT?

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 to your program or event, when posting in Handshake, provide details about the session, desired target audience, and also have minimal restrictions so all interested students can participate. Highlight the background of the speakers, especially those of which are MIT alumni.

Popular types of programs and events include:

Tech Talks
Employer Information Session (traditional)
Office Hours (aka Coffee-chats)
Employer Resume Reviews
Host an Employer Site Visit

Please direct any questions about joining ECP or hosting programs or events at MIT to the CAPD Employer Relations Team at