for alumni-Career and Professional Development Center - Carnegie Mellon University

The Career and Professional Development Center offers a variety of services for alumni.  In addition to the specific services described below, alumni can use all of the resources available to current students.   

To schedule an appointment with a Career Consultant:

I. Get a Carnegie Mellon alumni email address ( 

II. Set up your account in Handshake

  1. Create your profile in Handshake (This must be done prior to requesting access to CMU)
  2. Request access to CMU in Handshake
  3. Wait for approval from The Career & Professional Development Center (no more than 3 business days)
  4. If you need more details about applying for a Handshake account, please click here.

Please contact with any questions.

Job Fairs / Networking Opportunities
Alumni are welcome and encouraged to attend all CPDC organized job fairs and networking events hosted by our office around the country.  CMU Connect is a forum for alumni to expand their network and participate in professional development programming.

Giving Back - Job Shadowing and Informational Interviews with Students

  • Take a Tartan to Work - Host a Job Shadowing Experience
    The Take a Tartan to Work program allows alumni employers to provide students hands-on exposure to assess their “fit” in different work environments, clarify career goals and direction, and better understand the connection between academics and the world of work. During university class breaks, sponsors offer a student the opportunity to spend the day with them at work.
  • TartanTalks - Host an Informational Interview
    These informational interviews take place year round, and are designed to help students navigate the networking world while connecting them with experienced alumni in their field of interest. By signing up to conduct one of these thirty minute informational interviews over the phone or Skype, you will receive the satisfaction of sharing your professional experience with future fellow alumni.

Document Management
Interfolio gives you a place to manage your most important documents online.  Your Interfolio account can house letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae, writing samples, transcripts, and much more. Once you sign up and upload your documents, the application process becomes as simple as telling Interfolio where you want to apply and when.  Interfolio does all the work.   

The new CMU Alumni Career/Executive Coach Program

CMU alumni—all of whom work as executive, communications and/or career coaches will work with fellow alumni on a range of professional development topics.

new resource

Are you an alumni who is interested in conducting informational interviews with students who are eager to learn about the professional world? What about hosting a student to shadow you at your place of work for the day? To find out more about Tartan Talks and Take a Tartan to Work, the CPDC’s informational interview and job shadowing programs, click here.

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