About Us-Career and Professional Development Center - Carnegie Mellon University

About Us 

The Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a centralized career center staffed by a team of 21 seasoned and highly-educated professionals who orchestrate the career exploration, experiential learning, and career networking needs of students and alumni.  

CMU's career and professional development model is grounded in discipline-specific career development, experiential learning, and employer relations shaped by strong connections with the university's seven academic colleges. The center's success is founded upon a solid understanding of career and professional development theory, integration of technology, and an unwavering commitment to providing personalized attention towards meeting the unique individual needs of students, alumni, and employers.

Mission Statement

The Career and Professional Development Center empowers students and alumni to optimize their professional and life potential through career exploration, experiential learning, and connections with employers and opportunities.

Our Core:  Discipline-Specific Service

Across the division of student affairs at Carnegie Mellon, you will find a commitment to individualized attention.  In the CPDC, this commitment can be seen in our Discipline-Specific Service to Students and Employers.  

From our staff list to our annual reports, you can see we are purposeful about learning all we can about the majors and programs available to our students, and to helping them find their own unique path beyond Carnegie Mellon.  

For employers, this approach means that we are best at matching their needs to the right students.  Every one of our career counselors also spends some time with employers, understanding the newest skills and training sought by the industries related to their specific students.  This is also true of our employer relations team, who spends a portion of their time each week advising students and keeping abreast of the changing programs and disciplines available to our student body. 

We offer two layers of additional service to our students:  the undergraduate Career Peer Mentors and the Career Counseling Internship for Graduate Students.  The staff and students work together to provide seemless, effective service to our constituents.