Carnegie Mellon University

CPDC Diversity Statement

"At Carnegie Mellon University, we welcome students from all 50 states and countries across the globe. We believe diversity, equity and inclusion create the foundation of the CMU experience. The Career & Professional Development Center (CPDC) strives to foster a culture where each person feels empowered to be their authentic self. We believe that welcoming all people and perspectives will result in a more creative and inclusive experience, career center and university."

Kevin Monahan - Director, Career & Professional Development Center

Specialized Career Advising Appointments

Diverse Identities in the Workplace with Sarah Kurz
First-Generation Students with Jennifer Frick

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Dis/ability & Neurodiversity

The Career and Professional Development Center is committed to supporting and empowering students with diverse abilities and disabilities, both visible and non-visible, to excel throughout their professional growth and career journey. Whether you have questions about accommodations, want to know about resources for finding a job as a disabled or neurodiverse person, or just want to know that your anxiety around the job search is valid, speak with your Career Consultant for support.

On-Campus Resources & Student Orgs
Olitsky Career Readiness Program
CMU Disability Resources
Thriving Campus

Americans with Disabilities Act
Disability Rights Legal Center
Disability Rights PA
Job Accommodation Network
Vocational Rehabilitation Services (PA)

General Support
Allegheny County Office of Intellectual Disability
Disability Support Groups at UPMC
National Organization on Disability
National Center for College Students with Disabilities
Pittsburgh Mercy

Career Support & Advocacy
Ability Links
Disability:IN - home to the Disability Equality Index rating system
Entry Point!
Evolve Coaching: Autism Support for College and Beyond
Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy
Project Hired
We Connect Now


No matter your sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or relationship style, your identities and experiences are valid. Bringing your whole self to your work everyday allows you to live a more fulfilling life. From including your pronouns on your resume to discussing benefits for your same-gender partner, speak with your Career Consultant about navigating these realities during your search. 

On-Campus Resources & Student Orgs
Out & Allied
Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion
CMU LGBTQ+ Resources

General Support & Advocacy
Audre Lorde Project
National Center for Transgender Equality

Career Support 
Fair 360
Human Rights Campaign - home to the HRC Top Employers rating system
LGBT Connect
Out Professionals
Out 4 Undergrad - for students of business, engineering, marketing, and tech
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

Pittsburgh-based Resources
PGH Equality Center
SisTers PGH
Project Silk

Legal Support
Lambda Legal
GLBTQ+ Legal Advocates & Defenders
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund


Despite the Equal Pay Act of 1963, White women still only make 80 cents to the dollar that a White man makes, and that shrinks even further for Asian women, Black women, Latine women, and Indigenous women respectively. By finding a support system early on, women are more likely to thrive in a professional setting.

On-Campus Resources & Student Orgs
Society of Women Engineers
Smart Woman Securities (SWS)
Women in Business (WIB)
Graduate Women Gatherings
CMU Women's Association
SLICE: Women in Leadership
Women in IS Peer Mentor Program

STEM Career Resources
Advancing Women
Association for Women in Science
Association for Computing Machinery - Women
IEEE Women in Engineering
Society of Women Engineers
Women in Cognitive Science

American Association of University Women
Ellevate (including Pittsburgh chapter)
Bella Online
Fairy God Boss
Grace Institute

Pittsburgh-based Resources
Pittsburgh Professional Women
Executive Women's Council of Pittsburgh
Dress for Success - Pittsburgh

National Resources - Job Boards
Feminist Jobs

She Runs It
Women For Hire
Women's Job List

Business Career Resources
Women's Business Network
Forte Foundation Rising Stars

Federally Employed Women
Women in Sales


Race & Ethnicity

The Career and Professional Development Center encourages students of color to understand that their experiences and perspectives are unique and important. Whether you’re using these backgrounds to enhance your professional networks or to contribute important conversations to your community, speak to your Career Consultant about how these moments of reflection can help you move forward in your career journey.

On-Campus Resources & Student Orgs
Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion

National Resources:
Racial Equity Tools
Diversity Jobs
Diversity Employers

National Resources:
The Consortium
The Memo - for Women of Color
The Mentor Method
Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)

On-Campus Resources & Student Orgs
Black Business Association 
Black Graduate Student Organization
Young African Leaders Association
Carnegie Mellon Black Alumni Association
Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion

Career Resources:
African American Hires
Black Creatives
Black Career Women's Network
Black Career Network

Pittsburgh-based Resources
Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh 
The Soul Pitt
African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania

Career Resources:
Black Jobs
National Coalition of Black Women
The Life Currency

On-Campus Resources & Student Orgs
Asian Students Association
Taiwanese Students Association
Hong Kong Students Association
Chinese Students Association
Filipino Students Association
Mayur-South Asian Student Association
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion

Career Resources
Asia Society
East Coast Asian American Student Union
South Asian Network
South East Asian Leadership Academy (SEALA)
Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

Pittsburgh-based Resources
Chinese Association for Science and Technology

On-Campus Resources & Student Orgs
Spanish and Latina Student Association (SALSA)
CMU Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion

Pittsburgh-based Resources
Latino Community Center

Career Resources:
Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement


Other Resources: 
A Guide to Credit for Hispanics and Latinos
Esperanza United
Financial Resources for Hispanics and Latinos

On-Campus Resources & Student Orgs
Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion

Pittsburgh-based Resources
Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center
Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance

National Resources
Native Hire
National Congress of American Indians

International & DACA Students

With approximately 40% of students at Carnegie Mellon coming from outside of the US, we understand that many students who choose to study in the US will choose to seek jobs in the US upon graduation. The CPDC Career Consultants can work with your individual situation to figure out best steps towards self-branding and marketing your experiences and perspectives during your career search, while collaborating with the Office of International Education to assure your legal status remains in good standing.

International Students

On-Campus Resources & Student Orgs
International Student Union
Office of International Education
Student Academic Success Center - Communication Support
Intercultural Communication Center

Pittsburgh-based Resource

National Resources - Career Support
Cultural Vistas - for J-1 students
Entrepreneurship Guide for Immigrants and Refugees
Goin’ Global
H1B Grader

National Resources - Job Boards
International Student
My Visa Jobs
OPT Nation

 DACA & Undocumented Immigrants

On-Campus Resources & Student Orgs
Office of International Education

Pittsburgh-based Resources
Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

National Resources
Undocumented Students College Guide
Immigrants Rising
My Undocumented Life

Faith & Religion

Religion, faith, and spirituality are significant realities of day-to-day life for many individuals, as well as the companies that hire them. Each lifestyle brings new perspectives to a team, and allows those invested to balance the morals and values of their work with their organization’s collective goals. If your spirituality or beliefs are an important asset to your life, we encourage you to utilize what they teach you in your professional growth, as well.

On-Campus Resources & Student Orgs:

Humanist League
Religious & Spiritual Life Initiatives

On-Campus Resources & Student Orgs

Agape Christian Ministry
Alpha Omega
Christians on Campus

National Resources

Christian Career Center
Church Jobs Online
Church Staffing
Ministry Employment

On-Campus Fellowships/Fellowship Associations

Asian Christian Fellowship
Central Church Student Fellowship
Chinese Bible Study Fellowship
Inter-Fellowship Association
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Lutheran Student Fellowship
On-Campus Resources & Student Orgs
Chabad of CMU
Hillel Jewish Students Association
Jewish Graduate Student Association (JGSA)

National Resources
National Jewish Interns Network
American Friends of Lubavitch
Jewish Jobs
JCC Works
Birthright Israel Excel
Pittsburgh-based Resources
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
JFCS Pittsburgh
Jewish Community Center Pittsburgh
National Council of Jewish Women - Pittsburgh
On-Campus Resources & Student Orgs
Muslim Student Association (MSA)

National Resources - Career Support
Muslim Advocates
Muslim Public Affairs Council
Muslims For Progressive Values
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Muslim Legal Fund Of America

Pittsburgh-based Resources
Islamic Center of Pittsburgh
Council on American Islamic Relations

National Resources - Job Boards
Islamic Networks Group
Imams Online
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

First Generation Students

Adjusting to college without a role model who has done it before can be challenging, as you don't know what you don't know. Your experiences, perspectives, and skills are unique as a first generation college student, and the CPDC is here to support your growth throughout your time at Carnegie Mellon. We offer opportunities to speak with tailored Career Consultants that know your field and can also stimulate conversations about resources, networking, and timelines related to your career path. No matter your background and course of study, we can help you anticipate your next steps to set you up for success post-graduation.

On-Campus Resources & Student Orgs
CMU Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion
CMU Student Academic Success Center
CMU SASC - Communication Support

Pittsburgh-based Resources
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Dress for Success - Pittsburgh


National Resources
NASPA First Gen

Recommended Career Development Timeline

Spend this year getting used to college life, making friends, and learning as much as you can.
  • Volunteer and get involved with on-campus student organizations
  • Familiarize yourself with what the CPDC can offer you in terms of resources, and set up your Handshake and LinkedIn profiles.
  • Create the first iteration of your professional resume and cover letter.
  • Focus on academic success and seek out support early and often.
  • Gain summer experience by working, volunteering, or taking summer courses.

Begin to narrow down your possible career options. Spend significant time networking and speaking with your older peers about how they’ve been successful in their internship searches.

  • Find an internship or summer experience that is broader and can give you a better understanding of your chosen industry at large, but focuses more on the transferable skills necessary to navigate your career path.
  • Attend career workshops and career fairs not just to find opportunities, but to network with professionals and recruiters.
  • Meet with a Career Consultant and talk about your career journey thus far and where you want it to go.

Focus heavily on networking. Attend employer info sessions, career fairs, and networking opportunities. Speak to current professionals to learn what steps made them successful. 

  • Participate in an internship or research field experience that more closely aligns with your ultimate career goals.
  • Continue to attend career workshops, employer events and career fairs.
  • Meet with a Career Consultant to stay on track.
  • Build your professional network through intentional outreach to professionals and by holding informational interviews regularly.
  • If you're thinking about graduate or professional school, meet with your Academic Advisor and Career Consultant to discuss your options.
Get ready, get set, go! Use what you’ve learned these past three years and start job searching early into your recruitment season! Speak with your Career Consultant consistently and don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions. Find one to three interview outfits that make you feel absolutely confident.
  • Create a list of companies/organizations that you’re interested in applying to. Start getting familiar with tracking your applications and stick to a schedule of hitting milestones throughout the semesters.
  • Practice mock interviews with your Career Consultant, as well as utilizing Big Interview to learn more about techniques and how to navigate interviews.
  • Continue to attend events on campus - career workshops, employer events, career fairs, networking opportunities, and more.
  • Apply to full-time opportunities with Handshake, as well as other job position platforms.
  • Let us know of any good news via the First Destination Survey!


Your dedication to your sport is one that you have sunk hours upon hours of hard work into! Whether you play for passion, health, or competition, you are gaining valuable experience and transferable skills from the work that you do on the field, court, pool, or wherever you find yourself for your sport. By naming these skills and giving thorough examples, you can use your experience in sports as a way to show how you’ll excel at any job you could hold. Let the CPDC show you how to put your best foot forward in your transition from college athlete to career professional.

On-Campus Resources & Student Orgs
Tartan Athlete Fellowship
Tartan 2 Professional
CMU Athletics
CPDC Specialty Area Guide: Student-Athletes

Pittsburgh-based Resources:
UPMC Center for Young Athletes

National Resources:
Athlete Network
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
NCAA After the Game Career Search
Sports Career Finder
Article: Student Athlete Guide to Getting a Job
TeamWork Online


Non Traditional Students

This population of students may be one of the smallest on Carnegie Mellon’s campus, but the perspectives that you bring are some of the most impactful. Your experiences can not only drive your education forward, but can also be an incredible asset to your job search. 

Questions to Consider: 

  • Should I put my high school/undergrad year of graduation on my resume?
  • How many experiences do I need to include on my resume that don’t pertain to the positions that I’m applying for?
  • How do I keep myself from being discriminated against in my job search?

On-Campus Resource:
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

National Resources:
Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE)
Adult Student
College Recruiter: 7 resume tips for non-traditional college students
College for Adults

Questions to Consider:

  • How do I make sure that the jobs that I’m applying for are in a company that won’t look down on me for having a family?
  • Who should I talk to about benefits for my family once I sign a job offer contract?
  • How can I talk about my job search with my children?
On-Campus Resource: Registered Student Org
Grad Students with Children
Human Resources
Learning for a Lifetime

Pittsburgh-based Resource:
Pittsburgh Parent

National Resources:
Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE)
Employment Protections for Workers Who Are Pregnant or Nursing
Scholarships for women and single mothers

We at the CPDC thank you for your service and stand behind you in your transition from armed services to academia and professional work.

Questions to Consider:

  • Should I make my generalized resume look like more of a military resume?
  • Should I include my rankings at discharge next to my name?
  • How do I talk to my employer about triggers related to my PTSD?

On-Campus Resources & Student Orgs
Veterans Groups at CMU
Veterans & Military Community
Tepper Veterans Campus Group

Pittsburgh-based Resource
National Resources
American Corporate Partners
Jobs for Veterans
Hire Heroes USA
Hire a Hero - Jobs for Veterans
Military Skills Translator
National Resource Directory
Student Veterans
Suiting Warriors - for help in accessing professional attire
TRIO Veterans
VetFran - for veterans interested in franchising locations of large corporations