Professional Development

Leadership Development

  • Find a role in the Graduate Student Council

  • Find a role in the Undergraduate Association

  • A listing of all recognized student groups on campus; find a match for you and take on a leadership role

  • A weekend opportunity for freshmen and sophomores that focuses in on the personal context of leadership with an interactive and experiential agenda

  • MIT L.E.A.D. is an effort to provide intentional and easily accessible forms of leadership training for MIT students and student organizations

  • An intensive six-day leadership development experience that takes place over IAP, covering professional ethics, dealing with uncertainty, and developing skills in areas of problem solving and interpersonal communication

  • Developing next-generation technical leaders who are equipped to understand and address significant engineering problems in real-world situations

  • Open to any member of the junior class, participants engage in a journey of personal leadership development and reflection


  • Provides the knowledge, support, and connections needed for MIT students to become entrepreneurs

  • Courses combine theory and practice to give students ample opportunity to use the skills they have learned within the curriculum

  • Over $350K in prizes are given to aspiring entrepreneurs each year through participation in a series of three contests: the Pitch Contest, the Accelerate Contest, and the Launch Contest

Practical Experience Opportunities

  • A one-and-a-half day workshop for graduate and postdoctoral women at MIT who are considering a tenure-track position in the fields of science, engineering, and technology

  • Support systems to help grad students develop their writing

  • Resources for improving your skills through a department or the Teaching and Learning Lab at MIT

  • MIT and Imperial College London jointly offer an intensive 4 day program for PhD students to develop professional skills required to launch and manage a successful research career

  • Connects current students to alumni in workplaces worldwide during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP)

  • A series of professional development events and workshops designed to help students successfully navigate through the corporate world

  • Upcoming events for graduate students

Advice and Mentoring

Work-Life Balance

  • Help with evaluating academic necessities and considering extracurricular commitments; includes a Time Distribution Assessment worksheet

  • Classes, workshops, books, a number to call for a 3-minute guided meditation, and much more

  • Provides a range of direct services and information to meet the personal and professional needs of MIT’s diverse, global community. Whatever your phase of life, whatever your challenge, we're here to lend support and connect you to resources and support systems

Initiatives to Improve Professional Development at MIT