Handshake Appliction Process for Alumni-Career and Professional Development Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Handshake Application Process for Alumni

Alumni who wish to open an account in Handshake must first get an Carnegie Mellon alumni email address (XXXX@alumni.cmu.edu). 

Classes of 2015/2016: Your alumni email accounts were created automatically shortly after graduation! Click here to access your account via the Alumni Association website. Log in using your Andrew ID, which will remain active after graduation.

Class of 2014 and earlier: You will need to request your alumni email address from the Alumni Association if you have not already. Click here to request your email address.

After obtaining the alumni email address, CMU alumni may apply for a Handshake account by following these steps:

  1. Visit http://cmu.joinhandshake.com and click on "Students/Alumni"
  2. Click on "Register for New Account" and enter your name and your xxxxx@alumni.cmu.edu email address, and then create a password
  3. Agree to terms and click "Submit"
  4. Login to your @alumni.cmu.edu email account and confirm the welcome email from Handshake
  5. Immediately login to your Handshake account and go into your profile
    • Choose "CMU" for the school
    • In the major field, start to type your exact CMU major and it should come up as an option (not all CMU majors are in the initial drop down before you start to type your CMU major). Choose your "CMU Major."
    • Choose your "Education Level" and "College."
    • Select "Alumni" for "Year in School" (this field is on the top left corner of the profile screen)
    • Click on SAVE

CMU CPDC staff will then approve your account (it may take up to 2 business days).  If you have problems entering information into various fields email Gerry Marnell at recruit@andrew.cmu.edu.