Carnegie Mellon University

Employer Toolkit


Update: Due to increased vaccinations and relaxed mitigations, as of now, we have made the decision to move towards a hybrid employer engagement model for fall 2021. At this point, we will offer the 'Encompass Career Fair for All' virtually as well as in-person. Employers will also have the opportunity to interview on campus as well as virtual. All other events at this time will be virtual and we should have more information regarding information sessions in the next few weeks. Plans are subject to change depending on current pandemic restrictions.

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is recognized as one of the top universities in the country. Our bright and talented students truly comprehend the connection between academics and work.  Our alumni are consistently recognized as leaders in their fields.  It’s no surprise Carnegie Mellon was ranked by top corporate recruiters as the #1 private university for recruiting according to a recent Wall Street Journal survey.  

Today, CMU is a global leader bringing groundbreaking ideas to market and creating successful startup businesses. Our award-winning faculty are renowned for working closely with students to solve major scientific, technological and societal challenges. We put a strong emphasis on creating things, from art to robots. We have become a model for economic development in forming partnerships with companies and our students are recruited by some of the world’s most innovative companies.

4-Step Recruiting Process

We encourage you to download our Recruiting Guide (See right).  We have found that the employers who are most effective recruiting CMU students follow these specifc steps.  

  1. Getting Started with Handshake
  2. Establish a (virtual) Presence on Campus
  3. Enhance Your Recruiting Strategy
  4. Elevate Your Brand

We invite you to read further and learn more about our talented students and alumni, and familiarize yourself with our services by creating an account in our online recruiting system, Handshake.  

2 Teams, 1 Goal

The CPDC is a centralized career center of 25+ enthusiastic and dedicated individuals divided between our Career Consultant and Employer Relations teams.  The Career Consultant team works closely with their academic departments to develop a level of expertise to help students embark on their academic and professional journey, through developing their career path. 

The Employer Relations team works closely with all employers to develop a meaningful relationship with CMU, through on-campus recruiting, events, and partnership opportunities. These two teams work together to help students and alumni optimize their professional life through career exploration, experiential learning, and connections with employers and opportunities.