Carnegie Mellon University

Are you interested in applying for a job or internship but don't know where to start? Here at the CPDC, we assist you every step of the way. By understanding each phase of the search process, you are able to explore, apply, and interview for incredible job and internship opportunities! Review the process and resources outlined below.  

The first step in the job and internship search process is to research and explore companies and organizations that align with your interests, professional preferences, and values. Once you’ve determined the types of companies and organizations you want to work for, you need to find and apply for jobs/internships that match your career goals. Use the resources below to research companies and organizations and find or apply to jobs/internships.

Resources within Handshake

To access these resources, once in Handshake, click on Career Center and then Resources.


Explore and find amazing job and internship
opportunities. Connect with great companies and find employer contact information. Learn about events to help you with your job/internship search.


Search for jobs/ internships, through multiple job boards and company websites. The link to CareerShift is located in Handshake.


Search for a job or internship abroad. Discover information about H1B sponsorship. View our quick tips for more information.

Versatile PhD

Designed to help humanities, social science and STEM PhDs identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers.

Resources Outside of Handshake

On-Campus Jobs

Explore employment opportunities on campus and get the most out of your student employment experience.

Research & Funding Opportunities 

Discover ways to find on and off-campus research opportunities.

Post-Graduation Statistics

Discover the employers who have hired CMU students in the past.


Research what it's really like to work at more than 300,000 companies based on employee reviews.


Explore millions of potential employers nationwide--great for a specific geographic or industry search. You will be redirected to the CMU Library page to log into Hoovers.  Click on "Articles and Databases" then "A-Z" then selecting "H." 

Visa Square

Research the top H1B sponsors and full-time opportunities within those companies.


Library Career Resources

Review CMU’s library resources that can assist you with finding an employer, interviewing, and networking.


Provides full text and citation access to information in the reference, business, medical, and legal disciplines.

Reference USA

Review this database to access list of business across the U.S.

Federal Job Success Guide

Discover how to best find a job or internship with the federal government.

Marketline Advantage

Review company lists including SWOT analyses.                                                                         


You can use LinkedIn to research individual companies and the people who work there. Get a “foot in the door” through a contact! Research a company’s competitors and stay up-to-date on the latest news and developments posted on a company’s feed.  

During application process, you will also want to contact your connections. After you apply for a job/internship, you will want to research if anyone in your network works for those companies and organizations. Use the resources below to expand your connections and discover best practices for connecting with your network.

Most companies will extend a formal, written job offer that will include many details for you to consider. We can assist you in reviewing your offer, provide information on CMU graduate salary statistics, and help you to weigh your options. Here are other resources to get you started:

Comparing Your Salary to Industry Trends:

Ethical Job/Internship Search Policy:

It is important for the development of each student that they conduct themselves in an ethical manner. Not honoring agreements with recruiters reflects poorly on the university and impacts the organization's actions regarding future recruiting activities at Carnegie Mellon.  For more information, please review our Ethical Job/Internship Search Policy.

Before the Interview

Know what makes you stand out from other candidates, what the company does (products and services, key competitors, etc.) and why you are interested in working there.

  • Glassdoor - This resource allows you to read company reviews from past and present employees, look at salary information for positions at companies, and review interview questions that may have been used.
  • Company Websites/LinkedIn Pages - This is a great way to source up-to-date information, news, organizational structures, and mission statements.
  • Talk to Alumni- Getting information from someone that works at the company or has attended a graduate school program is a great way to get insider information.

Practice Interviewing
You want to appear confident and likeable in your interviews, but even more you want to appear as though you’ve thought about your answers to different interview questions or scenarios. We have many resources to help you out.

  • Mock Interview via Career Consultant Meeting - Schedule an appointment with your Career Consultant for a mock interview to practice, then receive feedback about your performance.
  • Learn how to land the job with Big Interview - a platform with video tutorials and virtual interview capabilities.

During the Interview

There are many types of interviews in many different settings. Read below to learn more about how to prepare for virtual (Skype/Google hangout), phone, behavioral, and technical interviews.

Interviewing Tips Types of Interviews Video Resources

Request Space for a Virtual or Phone Interview
The Career and Professional Development Center has 32 dedicated interview spaces, plus a conference room. If you would like to use one of these spaces for your phone or skype interview, please email Include your name, email address, the date of the interview, start time and end time. Place your request at least two business days before your interview. We know that's not always possible, so feel free to stop by (University Center, Lower Level) or call (412-268-2064) if you have a last-minute request.

After the Interview

An effective end to an interview consists of shaking hands, thanking the recruiter for his or her time, summarizing relevant skills, and reaffirming your interest in the position. Follow up your interview with a thank-you letter or e-mail within 24-48 hours.

Sample Follow-up Emails

Interview Cancellation, No-Show or Reneging Policies

  • If you need to cancel an on-campus interview, you can do so in Handshake before the cancellation end date listed for that interview, found in the job description. Students who fail to cancel their interview before the interview cancellation date found in Handshake will be subject to the offense policy.
  • If an emergency occurs and you must cancel after Handshake's cancellation end date, please do so by calling Gerry Marnell in the Career Center at 412-268-2066.
  • Students who do not show up for interviews will be subject to the offense policy. In addition, the student will be required to send a letter of apology to the recruiter. The letter must be approved by the student's career consultant.  

Visit Student Responsibilities for more information about reneging policies.