About Us

Global Education & Career Development (GECD) guides all students as they explore and prepare for careers, global opportunities and health professions.

 

Whether you are planning your career, seeking a global experience, searching for an internship or job, or applying to graduate or professional school, GECD is here to help. Many of these services are also available for alumni.

 

GECD Mission and Vision

GECD seeks to empower MIT students and alumni to achieve lifelong success through seamless access to transformative global experiences, comprehensive and holistic career services, and mutually beneficial connections with employers and with graduate and professional schools.

 

Our goal is to engage students and alumni in self-discovery to craft lives that are intellectually challenging, personally enriching, and of service to the world.

Melanie Parker

Melanie Parker, Executive Director, GECD

Melanie leads and oversees GECD, including Career Services, Global Education, and Prehealth Advising. Responds to media requests and provides leadership to DUE Global Theme Team. She has a Master of Education from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Maryland. Her experience includes over 20 years in Higher Education, mainly in Career Services, with prior work in Human Resources, U.S. Government, and Consulting.

Nora Delaney

Nora Delaney, Staff Writer and Advisor

Nora works across GECD as a writer and editor, coordinating feature stories for the GECD website and supporting the office in writing and editing a range of materials. She works closely with Distinguished Fellowships and Prehealth Advising on drafting, editing and reviewing material for the fellowships and health professional schools application processes. Nora is also an advisor in these areas, helping students revise personal statements and application materials and conducting mock interviews. From 2006 to 2013, Nora was a CI-H Advisor/Lecturer in MIT’s Writing Across the Curriculum program. She holds a PhD in Editorial Studies from Boston University and an MA in English Literature and Language from the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Lindsey Fernandez

Lindsey Fernandez, Events Assistant

Lindsey assists with event planning and execution. She has an AB in Anthropology from Brown University and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Lindsey has previously worked in HR-Benefits and Resource Development at MIT.

Scott Murray

Scott Murray, Social Media Specialist/Career & Global Education Advisor

Scott strategizes, creates and curates content for GECD’s many social media platforms, including the Facebook pages for both the Global and Careers teams. He helps the department market events and services to MIT students and employers. He also advises students on global experiences and careers.

Career Services

Deborah Liverman

Deborah Liverman, Director, Career Services

Deborah leads Career Services and manages both services to students and employers. She is a member of the GECD leadership team and manages the office’s data on first destinations of MIT graduates as well as other surveys. M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from University of South Carolina; B.A. in Sociology from Davidson College. Currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership at University of Massachusetts. Experience includes 13 years in higher education, mainly in career services.

Alessandra Rober Christensen

Alessandra Rober Christensen, Assistant Director, Employer Relations

Alessandra builds and manages employer relations programs and helps enhance career development opportunities for MIT students. She coordinates the Employer Connection Program (ECP) and sponsorship program and assists in development of policy, rules and regulations regarding employer relations operations. M.Ed in Higher Education Administration with concentration in Student Life and Development and Enrollment Management; B.A. in Psychology from University of Miami. Experience includes over 10 years in the private sector and 5 years in higher education.

Bob Dolan

Bob Dolan, Advisor for Postdoctoral Scholars

Liaison to the following departments: Postdoctoral Scholars

Bob provides career guidance for postdoctoral scholars in all courses and disciplines. He is a Certified Job Search and Career Transition Consultant with experience in career management since 2001. Bob holds a BS in Business and an MBA. Before joining MIT, Bob had a private career consulting practice and worked with clients across multiple industries. He has industry experience in the Publishing, Chemical, and Telecomm industries where he managed local and global finance organizations supporting the Corporate, Tax, R&D and Manufacturing Engineering functions.

Christina Henry

Christina Henry, Career Development Specialist

Liaison to the following departments: 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 20

Christina counsels students in the School of Science (with the exception of Mathematics) as well as students in Chemical Engineering, Biological Engineering and Material Science. She co-leads the Spring Career Fair Committee and is office liaison for Internship Programs, The Junior Class, Women at MIT, and students interested in Education, Biotechnology, and Pharma. Christina received her M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University in 2011 and a B.S. from the University of Florida in 2007.

Jake Livengood

Jake Livengood, Assistant Director for Graduate Student Career Services

Liaison to the following departments: Graduate Students

Jake is the primary contact for career services with PhD students in all courses, including career guidance for both academic and industry career paths. He also assists employers seeking to hire PhD students and serves student athletes. Jake has a PhD in Higher Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has worked in collegiate career services since 2005 in a variety of roles, including career counseling, employer outreach, teaching and leadership.

Meredith Pepin

Meredith Pepin, Career Development Specialist

Liaison to the following departments: 1, 2, 4, 11

Meredith counsels students in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, Urban Studies and Planning, and the Center for Real Estate. In addition, she is an instructor for the Freshman/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) and is the office liaison for multicultural groups. Meredith holds an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University and a B.A. from Stonehill College. Her experience includes five years in Higher Education, with a primary emphasis on career counseling.

Elizabeth Robbins

Elizabeth Robbins, Employer Relations Coordinator

Elizabeth is a member of the Employer Relations team at GECD and helps coordinate the Employer Connection Program and build relationships with employers interested in recruiting at MIT. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor's degree in Intnerational Studies from Boston College and a Master's degree in Liberal Arts and International Affairs from Georgetown University. She is a certified Career Management Coach and Federal Career Advisor. Prior to MIT she worked at Georgetown University in graduate admissions and career counseling.

Colin Smith

Colin Smith, Assistant Director

Liaison to the following departments: 6, 16, CMS, MAS

Colin oversees GECD’s daily drop-in hours. He provides career counseling to students and recent alumni from Aeronautics & Astronautics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Media Arts and Sciences and Comparative Media Studies. Colin holds a Master of Science in Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the State University of New York College at Brockport. His experience includes prior work in career counseling at Wheelock College and advising at Northeastern University.

Jordan Siegel

Jordan Siegel, Recruiting and Marketing Coordinator 

Jordan coordinates on-campus recruiting, consults with employers’ contacts to develop strategies for effective recruiting, provides marketing and graphic design solutions to staff and employers, and advises students, staff and employers on MIT's career management system. Experience includes 12+ years in higher education, mainly in employer relations and recruiting.

Lily Zhang

Lily Zhang, Career Development Specialist

Liaison to the following departments: 14, 15, 21, 22, BEP, HST, LGO, MEM, MST, ORC, SCM, SDM, TPP

Lily counsels students in courses 14, 15, and 22 (Economics, Management, and Nuclear Science & Engineering) as well as specialty MIT graduate programs BEP, HST, LGO, MEM, MST, ORC, SCM, SDM, TPP. She also advises students interested in applying to law school, business school, and graduate school. Lily leads overall workshop coordination for GECD Career Services. Lily holds an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts and a B.A. from Tufts University.

Marilyn Wilson

Marilyn Wilson, Associate Director, Career Counseling and Education

Liaison to the following departments: 17, 18, ESD, 21A, 21F, 21H, 21L, 21M, 21W, 24

Marilyn leads a team that develops services and resources for all students, including career counseling, self-assessment, career exploration materials, and job search assistance. She advises PhD students and assists employers interested in PhD graduates. Marilyn has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from UVM and an AB in History from Harvard. She came to MIT Career Services in 2001, and has previous experience as a freelance writer, event manager, and nonprofit administrator.

Nyasha Toyloy

Nyasha Toyloy, Receptionist

Nyasha joined the office in August, 2012. Hers is the smiling face you see behind the front desk as you walk in the door.

Tamara Menghi

Tamara Menghi, Associate Director, Employer Relations & Career Programs

Liaison to the following departments: Freshmen and Undeclared Sophomores

Tamara leads Employer Relations and Career Programs which includes directing the Freshmen/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) and providing support to MIT career fairs. She advises freshmen primarily but also assists all students with the interviewing process of the job search. Tamara has a M.S. in Counseling, Concentration: Student Development in Higher Education, Central Connecticut State University and a B.S. in Family Studies from the University of Connecticut. Experience includes over 15 years in Higher Education, 11 of which at MIT, with experience in career services, prehealth advising, academic advising and residential life.

Global Education and Prehealth Advising

Malgorzata Hedderick

Malgorzata R. Hedderick, Associate Dean, Global Education and Prehealth Advising

Malgorzata leads Global Education and oversees study abroad, including exchanges, and distinguished fellowships, as well as Prehealth Advising, including support to the Committee on Prehealth Advising (COPA). She is a member of the GECD leadership team, and works with students and with colleagues across the Institute on matters related to  Global Education. She also serves as a freshman advisor and co-teaches a freshman seminar. Malgorzata received M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Harvard and Master's Degree in Polish Literature from University of Warsaw. Her professional experience includes 20 years in international education and in study abroad through positions at MIT and Harvard.

Global Education

Joshua Nupp

Joshua Nupp, Assistant Dean for Global Education

Josh helps provide direction and leadership for Global Education. Oversees MIT-managed and general study abroad programs, works with team to inform students of MIT’s wide range of international opportunities, and coordinates tracking of participant data. Graduated with a M.Ed. in Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education from the University of Virginia in 2007 and a B.A. in French from Wake Forest University in 2001. More than eight years of experience in International Education, including work in both the public and private sectors. Interests include travel, sports and cooking.

Kim Benard

Kim Benard, Assistant Director, Distinguished Fellowships

Kim assists students with the entire application process to external fellowships, including but not limited to the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates Cambridge, Fulbright, and Truman. She also serves as the Secretary for Phi Beta Kappa. For more information on the fellowships available, please visit the Scholarships website: http://web.mit.edu/scholarships/. BA, Writing, Loyola University New Orleans MA, Medieval Studies, Fordham University MPhil, English, Fordham University

Tami Bolk

Tami Bolk, Program Assistant, Global Education

Tami assists students in their exploration of education abroad opportunities, as well as supports those students who are applying for distinguished fellowships. She holds an M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. Her interests in the field have led her to teach English in Korea, work for a study abroad startup, and assist newly arrived refugees resettle into the Greater Boston community.

Sarra Shubart

Sarra Shubart, Program Assistant II, Global Education

Sarra works with students interested in going abroad to help find the right program, including study abroad, internships, public service or research. She is coordinator of the Cambridge-MIT Exchange (CME), and supports other MIT study abroad and exchange programs.

Prehealth Advising

Debra Shafran

Debra Shafran, Program Assistant, Prehealth Advising

Debra coordinates the Prehealth Credential Service and provides administrative support for appointment scheduling, general prehealth inquiries, workshops and events, and the Physician Shadow Program. Deb is a magna cum laude graduate of The American University, Washington, DC with a BA in Public Communications. She also currently teaches group fitness classes at several gyms in the greater Boston area. Prior work includes commercial radio and grass roots marketing and promotions for independent music artists.

Erin Scott

Erin Scott, Assistant Director, Prehealth Advising

Erin manages the Prehealth Advising office and advises students and alumni applying to medical, dental and other health profession schools. She holds a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College and a B.A. in Psychology from Central Michigan University. Erin has worked in student advising at Eastern Michigan University, Yale College, and Boston University.

Jennifer Earls

Jennifer Earls, Prehealth Advisor, Prehealth Advising

Jennifer supports the Prehealth Advising team in advising students and alumni on pursuing graduate study at medical, dental and other health profession schools. Develops and organizes special workshops and programs, including the Physician Shadow Programs, to provide students and alumni with opportunities to explore their career interests and to successfully prepare for application to health profession schools. Holds an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University and a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University.