For the MIT community: Our departmental Communication Labs offer a rich variety of workshops and other initiatives to help MIT members learn and practice communication skills from elevator pitches to crafting faculty applications. Find a Communication Lab in a field close to yours to see what’s on offer.

Beyond the MIT community: Each summer, the Communication Lab hosts the Summer Institute, a four-day workshop open to staff and students from any institution. Workshop participants learn how to adapt the Communication Lab model and create innovative communication resources for their own STEM communities.

The 2018 Summer Institute will be June 18-21. 

Click here to register for the 2018 Summer Institute.


Learn more about the Summer Institute below:



Click to download the 2017 Summer Institute Agenda as a PDF


“The Summer Institute was full of useful, practical advice and examples for starting a Communication Lab. It was very helpful while also providing a supportive atmosphere in which we could ask questions and consider institution-specific solutions. The week was fun and I left with the tools to start building a Comm Lab elsewhere.”

Summer Institute 2017

“The Summer Institute was incredibly informative – it was also the perfect combination of content, introspection, and discussion-based forums.”

“I thought it was easily the best workshop as far as structure and engagement I have been to. […] It was extremely educational […] and really addressed the range of experiences and communities of the participants.”