Carnegie Mellon University

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Carnegie Mellon University is dedicated to providing a culture of inclusion and breaking down barriers that inhibit our students, of all needs and abilities, from reaching their full personal, academic and professional potential. 

The goal of The Olitsky Family Foundation Career Readiness Program is to break down the barriers-of-entry for students with emotional and cognitive differences in their career-search process.  The program takes a unique, 3-pronged approach by engaging our 1) students, 2) local campus community and 3) employer partners in various events to achieve long-term, sustainable success for our students.


1-on-1 Student Coaching


Receive individualized, on-going coaching from a career-support staff dedicated to helping them achieve their career goals.

Work 1-on-1 with a career coach to (Virtual or By Phone as of 3/16/20):

  • Develop your own individualized goal plan.
  • Build the skills needed to write a resume.
  • Receive support on the career search process.
  • Find a job &/or internship.
  • Practice your interview skills.

For virtual 1-on-1 coaching, contact Amy Tavares at atavares@andrew.cmu.edu


Career Readiness Workshops


(COMPLETED) Interview Prep by PNC - Feb. 21, 10:00-11:30, Danforth Conference Room 

  • PNC representatives will present strategies for maximizing your interview experience, understanding accommodation options, and disclosing accommodation needs.
  • Breakfast is provided! Email atavares@andrew.cmu.edu to RSVP

(COMPLETED) Job Search & Wellness - Feb. 28, 12:30-1:30, Danforth Conference Room   

  • Make the job search work for you! Learn strategies for assessing personal values and employer fit, navigating accommodations, and creating time management strategies for effective job searching.
  • Lunch is provided! Email atavares@andrew.cmu.edu to RSVP.

(CANCELLED) Graduation & Wellness - April 3, 12:00-1:00, Connan Room CUC 

  • Learn self-care strategies as you transition through final exams and life after college.
  • Lunch is provided! Email atavares@andrew.cmu.edu to RSVP.

Student-Employer Connect Event


(CANCELLED) March 27, 10:00-11:30, Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion CUC

Students and employers will engage in a unique opportunity to connect and network in a structured environment.  This event will enable our students to apply the professional skills they have developed through the program, as well as provide our employers with a chance to meet candidates from CMU.

To be added to the invitation list, please email atavares@andrew.cmu.edu


Interface Social Group


Every student deserves to feel a sense of belonging in our campus community. Connect more deeply with peers through activities and conversations. Learn and respect each other’s differences while celebrating similarities and building meaningful relationships. Anyone and Everyone is welcome!

 Group features:

  • On and off campus activities
  • Deep discussion dives
  • Making connections
  • Free food!

 Contact Miranda Mlincek at mmlincek@andrew.cmu.edu for additional information.


Student-Employer Connect Event


(CANCELLED) March 27, 10:00-11:30, Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion CUC

Employers are invited to engage with students from universities in the Pittsburgh area in a unique opportunity to connect and network within a structured and risk-free environment.

To be added to the invitation list, please email atavares@andrew.cmu.edu


Neurodiversity Competency Trainings


Thank you for your patience as we are in the process of planning events and confirming dates for the Spring Semester of 2020. Please check back soon! To be added to the invitation list, please email atavares@andrew.cmu.edu

If you are interested in learning more about the program or would like to participate in any of the above events, please email Amy Tavares at atavares@andrew.cmu.edu