MIT undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-docs affiliated with CEE are welcome to make an appointment with the Communication Lab.
You can make an appointment during any stage of your communication work, from initial brainstorming to final polishing. Our experienced PhD and postdoc Comm Lab Fellows are ready to support your communication growth.
Option 1: Use our online scheduling system
The first time you use the scheduling system, you will need to register. You will then be able to see all of the Fellows’ available times and pick one that will work best for you. Appointments can be 30 min or 1 hr, and all appointments must be made 24 hours in advance.
Option 2: Contact the CEE Communication Lab Manager
If none of the Fellows’ times work for you, or you want guidance figuring out which Fellow would be a good match, contact Jared Berezin. Share what you’re working on and when it’s due. Our team will help you get the coaching you need to meet your deadline.
Option 3: Contact a Fellow directly
Read about our Fellows to see if there is a particular Fellow whose background may be a good match for you.
Communication Lab Policies
Who can use the Civil and Environmental Engineering Communication Lab?
- The CEE Communication Lab’s services are free and available to anyone who is in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, affiliated with a Department lab, or taking a Department class. If you are not sure whether you are eligible, please contact the Communication Lab Manager to inquire.
- If you are not in Civil and Environmental Engineering, check whether your Course has a Communication Lab available here.
How do Communication Lab sessions work?
- Coaching sessions are kept confidential. Fellows do not share information about client relationships and work.
- Sessions can be no longer than 60 minutes.
- Coaching sessions are held online and in person.
- Cancellations must be made at least 3 hours in advance (preferably 24 hours in advance, to respect Fellows’ time). Otherwise, they will be counted as missed appointments.
- If a client misses three appointments, s/he will not be able to take advantage of the Communication Lab during the following four months.
What can and can’t I expect Communication Fellows to do?
- Fellows will have conversations with clients about their work. Fellows may use video chat, phone, or other media options to have such conversations.
- Fellows do not provide written feedback.
- Fellows are not obligated to read client documents or otherwise prepare before sessions. If you plan to work on a longer document in one session, think in advance about which specific sections or elements would be most helpful for you to focus on during your session.
- Fellows are not available for private hiring or contract work, and will not accept gifts from clients.
- Fellows do not replace TAs, course instructors, or S3 counselors.
- If you would like to discuss any disability accommodations prior to making a Communication Lab appointment, please contact the Communication Lab manager.
Additional communication consultation resources at MIT
The MIT Writing and Communication Center also offers one-on-one communication consultation on written and oral communication, provided by MIT lecturers who are published writers and experienced teachers. Their services include specialized support for English Language Learners.