Carnegie Mellon University

The Career Peer Mentor Program

Career Peer Mentors (CPMs) are student employees of the Career and Professional Development Center that serve to educate and mentor their undergraduate peers on professional development and career readiness through appointments at the CPDC advising center and educational workshops on campus.

The CPDC has instituted the Careers for First Years program in which the CPMs work with a population of first-year students within the residential communities. The CPMs offer a series of career development workshops and hold regular office hours in the public lounges of each first-year residence hall. The goal of this program is to foster early career engagement and readiness through educational programming strong foundation of career-management skills and materials.

For more information about dates and locations visit the events page on Handshake.

Week of Workshop
Sept 2nd Handshake & Early Career Planning
Learn how to leverage Handshake for acquiring internships or campus jobs, networking with peers, and registering for job fairs and company info sessions. Discover ways to maximize your professional skills and potential career success.
Sept 16th Job Fairs & Networking Events
Learn about important events such as the Technical Opportunities Conference, Encompass, Spark, Jumpstart, Internship Showcase; and why you should attend them.
Oct 1st

Resumes & Cover Letters
Create, refine, and/or boost your college resume and cover letter to give you a competitive advantage in the applicant pool.

Oct 14th Job Shadowing and Networking Programs
Develop your professional communication skills by identifying and reaching out to Carnegie Mellon alumni and other industry professionals.
Oct 28th Interviewing
Practice the basics of interviewing - learn what types of interviews to expect, common questions, and nonverbal techniques.
Nov 11th Gaining Experience
Learn about the types of experiences that are essential for a successful job search upon graduation and how to obtain them.
Nov 25th Spring Semester Prep
Maximize your Winter Break and prepare for fairs and events over the upcoming semester, including Internship Showcase, Jumpstart, and Creative Arts Opportunities Conference

Upon request, CPMs can visit a campus organization to help its members leverage and showcase their skills on resumes, at career fairs, and during interviews. CPMs will work with a member of your organization to establish an outline, content, and goals tailored to your organization.

To request a CPM workshop for your organization, fill out this Request Form on Google. A CPM will respond via email and work with you to schedule a time for the workshop.


Appointment Topics:

  • CPDC101An introduction for undergraduate students to the Career and Professional Development Center's services and offerings.
  • Resume Review: Assistance with building and fine-tuning your resume. For Freshmen and Sophomores only.

Topics covered at workshops:

  • Resumes, cover letters, and applications
  • Campus job searches
  • Networking and digital branding
  • Elevator pitch and career fair preparation
  • Handshake and CPDC resources