Carnegie Mellon University

Early Engagement with the CPDC

Our goal at the Career and Professional Development Center is to offer a variety of learning opportunities that create positive experiences for all of our students. Experiential learning gives students the chance to participate in events and opportunities that can help them to learn more about themselves, and the career field they are interested in. Below, are some of the many experiential learning programs offered by the CPDC.


Careers for First Years is a program that aims to encourage students to start thinking about their career goals and planning how they are going to get there during their first year.  The road to securing a dream job is often much longer than simply applying to a few jobs and then accepting one a couple of months before graduation. The CPDC hopes to help students understand the other aspects of this journey through the Careers for First Years programming led by the Career Peer Mentors (CPMs).

Each freshmen residence hall has a CPM assigned to work with first-year students throughout the year. They will conduct programs to help students enhance their knowledge of resumes, cover letters, elevator pitches, and other skills that are necessary when pursuing career goals.

Unsure about what the Career and Professional Development Center has to offer? You can sign up for a CPDC 101 appointment in Handshake! You will meet with a Career Center representative who can answer any questions you have, and also introduce you to the variety of resources that are available to you as a student. CPDC 101 is a great, low-stress opportunity for students to learn the benefits of utilizing the Career and Professional Development Center during their time at Carnegie Mellon.

Sign up for an appointment via Handshake.

New to networking?  Interested in getting inside information about a career option? Would you like to connect with professional CMU alumni?

CMUniverse is the CPDC’s official networking platform. This program is geared to students who wish to connect with CMU alumni and gather information about a job, career field, or company culture. Visit the CMUniverse page for more information.

Undergraduate CMU students who have worked as company interns are able to connect with their peers to explore a broad range of internship possibilities while also learning what it takes to search for, acquire, and make the most out of an excellent internship experience. Undergraduate students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds, ranging from the arts and humanities to science and engineering, will be on hand to discuss their personal internship experiences with top companies, government organizations, startups, university labs, and more!

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in one-on-one discussions with student presenters who have prepared exhibitions and displays of their experiences.

Learn more about the Internship Showcase!