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Support Services

The VT-MIT program offers degree and certificate students a range of services to ensure you have the support you need to reach your academic and professional goals.

ADMINISTRATIVE & FACULTY SUPPORT

Here are a few ways the VT-MIT program supports you to ensure the best possible academic experience:

  • Regular virtual office hours with faculty
  • Additional academic support from distance learning instructors (DLIs)
  • Personalized academic advising to help guide your plan of study
  • Program director and staff always available for one-on-one conversations
  • IT support from Virginia Tech's 4Help

PEER SUPPORT

VT-MIT students join a network of hundreds of students worldwide who work together to support each other's academic and professional development. Below are a few examples of how VT-MIT students interact outside the classroom:

  • Google Spaces - Students interact outside their classes primarily through Google Spaces. There are multiple spaces for more general questions and a VT-MIT job board where students alert others when their company is hiring for relevant roles.
  • MIT Coffees - If you're interested in meeting your classmates offline, we encourage you to attend an MIT coffee in your area to connect with other local students.
  • Affinity groups - Students have the option to join Virginia Tech Graduate School student affinity groups (currently this includes Black, First-generation, Latinx, and Veterans) where they can meet others with shared life experiences as they navigate graduate school.

CAREER SERVICES

Advancing your career is one of the top reasons why our students tell us they are pursuing their degree. Many hope to gain new skills in the classroom that they can apply to their day-to-day work, grow their network of contacts, become eligible for jobs that require a master's degree, or learn some of the managerial strategies associated with successful leaders. All of that is available to you in the VT-MIT program. Learn more about our personalized approach below.

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Hear from Kerry Spitze, graduate career advisor, on the career services that VT-MIT students can expect when they join the program.

The VT-MIT program is purposely designed for working professionals. This means we have a unique approach to career services compared to schools that offer traditional full-time programs.

Because the vast majority of our students are currently employed, our program does not offer job placement or host recruiting events where companies are looking to recruit full-time students into specifically-timed internships and roles.

Instead, we offer personalized, one-on-one career coaching. Our program staff and Graduate School career advisors take the time to get to know you, your current role, and what you hope to accomplish with your MIT degree. Whether you need resume review or are looking to connect with someone in a specific industry, we tailor our work to your needs.

In addition to providing one-on-one support, the Graduate School also hosts a number of professional development workshops throughout the year. Professional coaches and other visiting experts cover topics such as public speaking, cover letter writing, and networking.

The Graduate School, Pamplin College of Business, and College of Engineering also host multiple job fairs and annual events for students and alumni from all of its degree programs, so you will have the further opportunity to engage with potential employers and professionals from a diverse array of functional areas and industries.