Communication Fellows are trained peer coaches and practicing engineers. These graduate students and post-docs are from MIT engineering departments and are trained to combine technical skills with effective communication strategies. The team offers writing, speaking, and visual design support for undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-docs.
Our peer coaches receive extensive training and mentorship; we focus as much on the Fellow experience as we do our clients’.
If you become a Communication Fellow, you will…
- Spend <5 hours/week on Communication Lab activities
- Have the opportunity to earn up to $2-3K/year to learn communication skills, coach your peers, and design other communication resources for your department
- Participate in a year-long training (9 sessions x 2 hours each)
- Be mentored by your manager and experienced Fellows
- Receive regular feedback on your own communication and coaching
- Have access to ample professional development opportunities
- Learn to design and run hands-on workshops and other educational resources for your peers
- Take the lead on projects that excite you, with support from Communication Lab staff
How to become a Communication Fellow
In participating departments, we solicit applications to become Communication Fellows once a year, in early spring. Here’s what you can expect from the application process:
- Write <500 words about why you want to become a Communication Fellow and what you would like to bring to the program.
- Request permission from your PI to join the team, if accepted.
- Selected candidates will be invited to an interview, where you will discuss your interest in the program and share your approaches to communication and coaching.
Candidates must be affiliated with a participating MIT School of Engineering department. Find your department’s Fellow recruitment information using the following links, which will lead either to an informational webpage or to the relevant Comm Lab manager’s email for inquiries.
- AeroAstro Communication Lab
- BE Communication Lab
- CEE Communication Lab
- ChemE Communication Lab
- DMSE Communication Lab
- EECS Communication Lab
- MechE Communication Lab
- NSE Communication Lab
Since launching in 2013, the Commmunication Lab has graduated 127 Communication Fellows. Alumni Fellows now apply their skills in a wide spectrum of careers: from start-ups and science journalism to educational roles and industry research. Alumni report that the deep training and experience in communication, education, mentorship, and leadership that they receive through the Communication Lab have been essential to their success beyond their PhDs and postdocs.