What We Do
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 services are available for alumni and postdocs.
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.
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.
IT Support and Data Associate
Todd assists departmental personnel on all technology platforms, providing hardware, software and web applications support. Todd provides a range of IT coordination as the technology project lead, providing expertise in the selection and implementation of technology, as well as the administration and development of existing Drupal websites and other web-based management platforms. Prior experience includes IBM, Manulife Financial, and the original development team at Experience.
Digital Communications Specialist & Career Advisor
Scott writes and edits content for GECD's website and social media, and manages MIT's Go Global website. He advises GECD staff on marketing and communications strategy, and provides career advising to undergraduate and graduate students. He has an interdisciplinary Master's from NYU and an MA in English from UMass Boston.
Nyasha assists with event logistics and marketing. She also manages WGECD, an imaginary office-wide radio station. She is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science.
Director, Career Services
Liaison to the following departments: 1, 22
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. PhD in Higher Education Leadership from University of Massachusetts; M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from University of South Carolina; B.A. in Sociology from Davidson College. Experience includes over 15 years in higher education, mainly in career services.
Associate Director, Employer Relations & Career Programs
Liaison to the following departments: 11, 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, most at MIT, with experience in career services, prehealth advising, academic advising and residential life.
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.
Senior 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.
Assistant Director, Career Counseling & Training
Liaison to the following departments: 6, 14, CMS, MAS, SDM, and ORC
Lily manages GECD’s drop-in appointments and meets with a range of MIT students from undergraduates to PhDs. She also advises students interested in applying to law school, business school, and graduate school. She holds an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts and a B.A. from Tufts University.
Assistant Director for First Year Engagement
Liaison to the following departments: 2, 4, 16 and Freshmen
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 Freshmen/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 over 5 years in Higher Education, with a primary emphasis on career counseling.
Assistant Director for 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.
Career Development Specialist
Liaison to the following departments: 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 20
Tyrene counsels students in Chemical Engineering, Biological Engineering, Materials Science, Biology, Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth, Atmospheric, & Planetary Sciences. In addition, she is an instructor for the Freshmen/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) and is the office liaison for Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, and Internships. Tyrene holds an MPA and BA in English and Political Science, both from the University of Rhode Island. Her experience includes five years in higher education advising and coordinating student leadership development, especially with students of diverse backgrounds.
Career Development Specialist
Liaison to the following departments: 15, BEP, CRE, HST, LGO, MEM, MFin, MST, SCM, TPP
Libby provides career counseling and guidance for students in Management Science and various master’s degree programs. In addition, she coordinates workshop programming for Career Services. Libby has a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Belmont University.
Susan works the front desk, and is the first face you see when entering GECD’s office suite. She worked at Harvard for many years before finally seeing the error of her ways and coming to MIT. She is also a professional singer and harpsichordist, and holds degrees in Harpsichord Performance and Performance of Early Music from New England Conservatory.
Senior Assistant Director, Employer Relations
Director, Corporate Partnerships
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 over 5 years in higher education.
Employer Relations Coordinator
Mike supports on-campus recruiting, employer relations programs and career development opportunities for MIT students. He coordinates employer site visits along with other employer sponsored events and workshops. Additionally he provides support on CareerBridge system administration in conjunction with Jordan. Mike received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Salem State University and a Master of Education also at Salem. Experience includes work in undergraduate admissions, residence life, and career counseling.
Recruiting and Marketing Assistant
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 over 15 years in higher education, mainly in employer relations and recruiting.
Associate Dean, Global Education
Malgorzata leads Global Education and oversees study abroad, including exchanges, and distinguished fellowships. 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 her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Harvard and Master's Degree in Polish Literature from the University of Warsaw. Her professional experience includes over 20 years in international education and in study abroad through positions at MIT and Harvard.
Assistant Dean for Global Education
Julie assists in leading the Global Education team and oversees study abroad operations, including study abroad programs and services. She manages outreach to students to help them participate in study abroad programs, contributes to efforts related to students’ health and safety abroad. She studied at Valparaiso University, Indiana and earned an M.S. in International Commerce and Policy and a B.A. in International Economics & Cultural Affairs and French Language and Literature. Julie has over 10 years of experience in the field of international education, including education abroad and international student and scholar services.
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. Visit the Distinguished Fellowships webpage for information on available fellowships. BA, Writing, Loyola University New Orleans MA, Medieval Studies, Fordham University MPhil, English, Fordham University.
Global Education Advisor
Sara co-manages MIT’s global education programs, including IAP study abroad programs, the Imperial Summer Research Exchange, Sabanci-MIT exchange, and other faculty-led programs. She assists incoming and outgoing exchange students and helps MIT students through the entire study abroad process, including advising, recruitment, admissions, and re-entry. She holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Iowa, and an M.A. in International Higher Education & Intercultural Relations from Lesley University. Sara studied abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico, and interned for a summer in Madrid, Spain.
Program Assistant, Global Education
Senior Assistant Director, Prehealth Advising
Aleshia leads the Prehealth team. She holds a M.A. in School Counseling from Assumption College and a B.A. in Biology from Colby-Sawyer College. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Health Professions at Simmons College. Aleshia has worked in student advising at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Assistant Director, Prehealth Advising
Akunna assists in leading the Prehealth Advising team, with a primary focus on managing the Prehealth Advising services to MIT students and alumni. He holds a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from UMass Boston and a B.A. in English from Clark University. Akunna’s experience includes higher education advising and career counseling, along with prior experience advising high school students and teaching.
Meaghan advises MIT students and alumni pursuing graduate study at medical, dental and other health profession schools. Meaghan holds an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University and a B.A. in English Literature from Providence College. Her previous experience includes academic counseling and advising at Suffolk University and Northeastern University.
Staff Writer and Advisor
Julia works closely with Distinguished Fellowships and Prehealth Advising on writing, editing, and reviewing material for the fellowships and health professional schools application processes. She also oversees the Fulbright Scholarship Program. Julia has an MS in Health Policy & Management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA in Sociology from Harvard University. She is an active member of the MIT radio station WMBR 88.1fm, where she founded the Africa Kabisa radio program and serves as World Music Director.
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.