Find a Job/Internship-Career and Professional Development Center - Carnegie Mellon University

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Are you interested in applying for a job or internship but don't know where to start? Here at the CPDC, we assist you every step of the way. By understanding each phase of the search process, you are able to explore, apply, and interview for incredible job and internship opportunities! Review the process and resources outlined below.  

Additionally, if you are interested in searching for on-campus jobs, click on the button to learn more about the process.

The first step in the job and internship search process is to research and explore companies and organizations that align with your interests, professional preferences, and values. Once you’ve determined the types of companies and organizations you want to work for, you need to find and apply for jobs/internships that match your career goals. Use the resources below to research companies and organizations and find and apply for jobs/internships.


Explore and find amazing job and internship opportunities. Connect with great companies and find employer contact information.  Learn about events to help you with your job/internship search. 


Search for jobs/ internships, through multiple job boards and company websites. The link to CareerShift is located in Handshake.

On-Campus Jobs

Explore employment opportunities on campus and get the most out of your student employment experience.

Research & Funding Opportunities 

Discover ways to find on and off-campus research opportunities.

Post-Graduation Statistics

Discover the employers who have hired CMU students in the past.


Research what it's really like to work at more than 300,000 companies based on employee reviews.


Explore millions of potential employers nationwide--great for a specific geographic or industry search. You will be redirected to the CMU Library page to log into Hoovers.  Click on "Articles and Databases" then "A-Z" then selecting "H." 


Research employers, industries, and career subjects easily and efficiently. You will be redirected to Career Insider powered by Vault.  After logging into WebISO, please DO NOT use your Carnegie Mellon Andrew ID or password when creating your Vault account.


Search for a job or internship abroad. Discover information about H1B sponsorship. View our quick tips for more information.

Visa Square

Research the top H1B sponsors and full-time opportunities within those companies.  

Versatile PhD

Designed to help humanities, social science and STEM PhDs identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers.

Library Career Resources

Review CMU’s library resources that can assist you with finding an employer, interviewing, and networking.


Provides full text and citation access to information in the reference, business, medical, and legal disciplines.

Reference USA

Review this database to access list of business across the U.S.  

Federal Job Success Guide

Discover how to best find a job or internship with the federal government.

Marketline Advantage

Review company lists including SWOT analyses.

Explore Internship Connections

During application process, you will also want to contact your connections. After you apply for a job/internship, you will want to research if anyone in your network works for those companies and organizations. Use the resources below to expand your connections and discover best practices for connecting with your network.

► Before the Interview

Know what makes you stand out from other candidates, what the company does (products and services, key competitors, etc.) and why you are interested in working there.

  • Glassdoor - This resource allows you to read company reviews from past and present employees, look at salary information for positions at companies, and review interview questions that may have been used.
  • Company Websites/LinkedIn Pages - This is a great way to source up-to-date information, news, organizational structures, and mission statements.
  • Talk to Alumni- Getting information from someone that works at the company or has attended a graduate school program is a great way to get insider information.

Practice Interviewing
You want to appear confident and likeable in your interviews, but even more you want to appear as though you’ve thought about your answers to different interview questions or scenarios. We have many resources to help you out.

  • Mock Interview via Career Consultant Meeting - Schedule an appointment with your Career Consultant for a mock interview to practice, then receive feedback about your performance.
► During the Interview

There are many types of interviews in many different settings. Read below to learn more about how to prepare for virtual (Skype/Google hangout), phone, behavioral, and technical interviews.

Interviewing Tips Types of Interviews Video Resources

Request Space for a Virtual or Phone Interview
The Career and Professional Development Center has 32 dedicated interview spaces, plus a conference room. If you would like to use one of these spaces for your phone or skype interview, please email Include your name, email address, the date of the interview, start time and end time. Place your request at least two business days before your interview. We know that's not always possible, so feel free to stop by (University Center, Lower Level) or call (412-268-2064) if you have a last-minute request.

► After an Interview

An effective end to an interview consists of shaking hands, thanking the recruiter for his or her time, summarizing relevant skills, and reaffirming your interest in the position. Follow up your interview with a thank-you letter or e-mail within 24-48 hours.

Sample follow-up emails

► Interview Cancellation, No-Show, and Reneging Policies
  • If you need to cancel an on-campus interview, you can do so in Handshake before the cancellation end date listed for that interview, found in the job description. Students who fail to cancel their interview before the interview cancellation date found in Handshake will be subject to the offense policy.
  • If an emergency occurs and you must cancel after Handshake's cancellation end date, please do so by calling Gerry Marnell in the Career Center at 412-268-2066.
  • Students who do not show up for interviews will be subject to the offense policy. In addition, the student will be required to send a letter of apology to the recruiter. The letter must be approved by the student's career consultant.  

See our Ethical Job Offer Policy tab for more information about reneging policies.   


Most companies will extend a formal, written job offer that will include many details for you to consider. We can assist you in reviewing your offer, provide information on CMU graduate salary statistics, and help you to weigh your options. Here are other resources to get you started:

Comparing Your Salary to Industry Trends:

Job & Internship Offer Policies:

  • Our offer policy was created in the spirit of being respectful of employers’ timelines and hiring needs while providing students with sufficient time to consider offers of employment. It is designed to minimize incidents of reneging (pursuing and accepting an employment offer after accepting another offer). It has been our experience that students who feel undue pressure to make an employment decision are often more prone to renege after accepting; adhering to the timeframes detailed in the offer policy is therefore in the best interests of both employers and students.

    If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Kevin Monahan, Associate Dean for Career and Professional Development.

    Fall Interviews:

    For all offers received from a summer internship, students should be given at least until Oct. 1st to respond. For all offers generated from Fall On-Campus Recruiting, students should be given until Nov. 15th or three(3) weeks (whichever is later) to respond, without pressure to respond on an earlier date.

    Spring Interviews:

    All offers resulting from Spring Recruiting should provide students a minimum of three(3) weeks to respond, without pressure to respond on an earlier date.

Ethical Job/Internship Search Policies

The mission of the Carnegie Mellon Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) is to maximize the career and life potential of our students.  One of the ways we accomplish this is by creating opportunities for our students that connect them to employers with whom we have developed relationships. It is important for the development of each student that they conduct themselves in an ethical manner. Not honoring agreements with recruiters reflects poorly on the university and impacts the organization's actions regarding future recruiting activities at Carnegie Mellon.  

It is for these reasons that we hope that you represent CMU in a positive manner when conducting your job search. In order to make use of our services, we at the CPDC expect all of our students/job seekers to adhere to the following ethical standards.  All students are expected to read and familiarize themselves with these guidelines.

Students/Job Seekers are expected to:

► Attend All Scheduled Campus Interviews 

Missing or canceling less than 24 hours prior to an interview uses/blocks a time slot that could have been filled by another student.  When canceling an on-campus interview after the Handshake deadline, email Gerry Marnell ( or call 412-268-1646.

► Be On Time For All Campus Interviews 

Being late reflects poorly on a candidate and disrupts the appointment times of other candidates on the schedule.  Review "Consequences for Ethical Job Search Policy Violations" listed below.

► Present Qualifications In a Truthful Manner

This expectation applies to information on Handshake, application materials, and responses in interviews including, but not limited to, listing accurate GPA (not rounding up), major, degree level, and experiences information on a resume and online profiles, as well as being truthful in all interview responses.  Review "Consequences for Ethical Job Search Policy Violations" listed below.

► Honor All Agreements Made With Recruiters Regarding On-Site Visits

Accepting an on-site interview with a company sets into motion a series of events: travel arrangements, scheduling, hotel reservations, and a host of other details. If that student subsequently fails to follow through with the site visit without giving the company enough advance notice, it costs the company a considerable amount of wasted time and money, as well as denies another student the opportunity to interview.  Review "Consequences for Ethical Job Search Policy Violations" listed below.

► Accept All Jobs/Internships In an Ethical Manner
When a student accepts a full-time or internship position, that student is expected to stop all recruiting activities, including applying and interviewing for employment opportunity. Students are expected to notify all other employers with whom they have scheduled or pending interviews of their need to be removed from consideration for those opportunities.  Review "Consequences for Ethical Job Search Policy Violations" listed below.  

Accepting an employment offer after you previously accepted an offer with another employer is defined as ‘reneging’ and is considered dishonest and unethical, and carries serious implications.  Reneging reflects poorly on the candidate and potentially damages Carnegie Mellon's reputation and relationships with employers.  Instances of reneging that are reported by employer will be investigated by the CPDC and may result in loss of recruiting privileges for the student.  Review "Consequences for Ethical Job Search Policy Violations" listed below. 

Consequences for Ethical Job Search Policy Violations:

► On-Campus Interviews
  • 1st offense:   Students who fail to cancel their interview before the interview cancellation date found in Handshake OR who do NOT show for an interview will be temporarily blocked on Handshake and will need to schedule an appointment to meet with their career consultant to discuss the reasoning behind the late cancellation.  Students will also be expected to send a letter of apology to the recruiter after receiving approval from their career consultant. 

  • 2nd offense:   Removal from Handshake, including campus job search, interviewing access, and appointment scheduling privileges for the remainder of the current and next full semester (fall/spring).

  • 3rd offense:  Complete removal of job search and interviewing access including deactivating student’s Handshake account.

Note: Depending on the severity of the offense, the CPDC reserves the right to refer the student’s case to the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs for further review and student conduct proceedings.

► Appointments

If you need to cancel an appointment, please do so through your Handshake account at least 12 hours in advance.  If it is less than 12 hours prior, call the CPDC Advising Center at (412) 268-2064 to cancel your appointment (leave a message if necessary).  Please keep in mind that same day cancellations (especially repeats) may be subject to the No Show/Late Cancellation penalty (see below) at the discretion of the CPDC staff.

[Note: If you arrive late for your appointment, it may be considered a “missed” appointment and you may be asked to reschedule.]

  • 1st Offense:  will result in an email being sent, from the Career Consultant, inquiring about why you missed your appointment  
  • 2nd Offense:  will result in a warning email stating that the CPDC has an Appointment No Show/Late Cancellation policy (link to the info below)
  • 3rd Offense:   will result in your Handshake privileges (interviews and appointments) being revoked

Appointment No Show/Late Cancellation Policy
If you miss a 3rd appointment, then your Handshake account will be blocked until you contact your primary Career Consultant, schedule a meeting, show up for the appointment and discuss the missed meetings. For this meeting, you can either email the Career Consultant your availability or call the Consultant, depending on the Consultant’s preference.

► On-site Interviews, Reneging, & Misrepresentation of Qualifications 
  • 1st Offense:   Removal from Handshake, including campus job search, interviewing access, and appointment scheduling privileges for the remainder of the current and next full semester (fall/spring).
  •  2nd Offense: Complete removal of job search and interviewing access including deactivating student’s Handshake account.

Note: Depending on the severity of the offense, the CPDC reserves the right to refer the student’s case to the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs for further review and student conduct proceedings.
Appeal Process
Any student wishing to appeal his or her revocation of Handshake privileges is entitled to utilize our formal appeal process. To request an appeal contact Judi Mancuso.