Carnegie Mellon University

Job Shadowing Programs for Students

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This job-shadowing program provides opportunities for undergraduate students to explore career fields by visiting a host professional at their business or organization for one day. Job shadowing can be an invaluable opportunity to connect and network with professionals and alumni in numerous career industries. The information gained can be used in choosing a major, assessing your fit in a work environment, or for preparing for a summer or professional job search.

In order to participate, you must first log into the CPDC Job Shadowing platform and complete your profile.  Next, sign up for a Job Shadowing appointment in Handshake or attend a Job Shadowing Information Session hosted by the CPDC (dates to be announced, check Handshake for updates).

Once you attend this meeting, you will be approved to start communicating with our alumni.

*If you completed a job shadowing appointment last semester or year, you will not need to come in for another meeting.

Host registration 

December 6th-January 27th

Students sign up and apply for job shadowing opportunities

January 28th-February 10th

Hosts review student applications 

February 11th-17th

Hosts and students receive match notifications 

February 18th

Student deadline to contact host

February 22nd

Job Shadowing Timeframe | CMU Spring Break

March 8th-17th

Tartan Talks

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

Tartan Talks is the CPDC’s new informational interviewing series. This program is geared to the undergraduate student who wishes to connect with CMU Alumni and gather information about a job, career field or company culture. Students who sign up will be matched with an Alumni based on their mutual industry/field of interest for a 30 minute-1 hour long interview via phone or Skype. To participate in this program, register on the CPDC's Job Shadowing Platform!