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Careers and Internships

Summer Diplomatic Academy

A Training Program for Students and Early-Career Professionals

  • Full-time: June 4–15, 2018
  • Part-time: June 19–August 4, 2018
  • Washington, DC

The summer academy is a unique training program that helps prepare undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates and early-career professionals for careers in international diplomacy. It introduces them to the fundamentals of diplomatic practice and focuses on practical, real-life aspects of work in national and local governments, embassies and consulates, international organizations and multinational businesses. The material emphasizes a skills-based approach and is generally not offered at colleges and universities. The program also includes one-on-one and group career-counseling sessions.

Some of the most respected diplomats in recent years join other officials and experts to provide big-picture views on the current state of international relations, as well as lessons learned and insight into policy-making and implementation, diplomatic protocol, the functions and management of embassies and consulates, public diplomacy and intercultural communication, immunities and other aspects of living abroad, and many other issues. The full-time program offers classes every weekday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), as well as weekend activities. The part-time program's sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays (7 p.m.-9 p.m.) and Saturdays (10 a.m.-4 p.m.).

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Energy Industry Career Fair

Tuesday, April 3, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Rangos Ballroom 1,2,3, Cohon University Center, 2nd Floor 

This career fair is tailored to employers in the energy sector who are interested in recruiting students for internships or full-time opportunities. Students from all majors are able to attend, but one thing is certain, they are all passionate about working within the energy sector.

This event is in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University’s Energy Week, the Energy Science Technology & Policy program, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Olitsky Family Foundation Career-Readiness Program at Carnegie Mellon University “Snapshot” for Students

Need help in your career search? The Olitsky Family Foundation Career Readiness Program at CMU offers career and professional development opportunities for students with cognitive and emotional differences.

Work 1-On-1 With a Career Coach

Develop your own, individualized goal plan and build the skills needed to write a resume, find a job or internship, practice your interview skills, and receive support on anything else related to your career search process.

Engage in a Student-Employer Connect Event, April 12: Connect and network with local employers in a structured and risk-free environment.

To receive program information, email Valerie Quatrini or Megan MacGillivray.


Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) Internships

Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and its nonprofit friends group, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, have numerous summer internships to offer to Carnegie-Mellon students. CVNP has a variety of opportunities within many park divisions.

Located between Cleveland and Akron, CVNP enables college students to apply classroom learning and gain hands-on experience in a unique work environment. Check out the current internship postings.

Also, consider attending the annual Alternative Spring Break Weekend, March 23 – March 25. Program features include: volunteer service projects, networking, ranger guided hikes, campfires, and recreational activities. Lodging and meals will be provided at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center.


US Tennis Association (USTA) – Summer 2018 Internship Opportunities

Summer internship programs with USTA will run from Monday, June 18 through Friday, August 10. The paid internships are being offered in three locations:

  • Billie Jean King National Tennis Center – Flushing, NY
  • USTA National Headquarters – White Plains, NY
  • USTA National Campus – Orlando, FL

Students will be compensated $12/hour. Housing is not included. If students are offered an internship and anticipate uncovered expenses, they may apply to the Dietrich College Summer Internship Opportunity Grant Program by Friday, April 6.

Interested students should send a statement of interest, qualifications and a resume via e-mail to Stefanie Iennaco.

Open Positions:

  • Billie Jean King National Tennis Center – Flushing, NY
    1. Information Technology: Position will assist desktop support staff in preparation of the US Open Tennis Championships, setup of computers, update computers and check equipment. Candidate should be studying computer science of information systems, be proficient in networking, Windows and Macintosh Operating Systems, Microsoft Office and Google for Work apps.
    2. Ticket Operations: Position will assist in the creation, proofreading and maintenance of US Open print and media materials. In addition, it will be responsible for helping to research and develop a seamless platform for international and multi-lingual fans seeking US Open event information or purchasing tickets. Candidate should be skilled in Gmail, Microsoft Office programs, specifically Word, Excel and Access. Must also have strong interpersonal, communication and be customer service driven. Must have the ability to learn quickly and efficiently. Candidates with ability to speak, read and/or write in multiple languages will be given preference.
  • USTA National Headquarters – White Plains, NY
    1. Digital Strategy & Partnerships: Position will assist the digital team with sponsor activations, research best practices on how current partners/brands are activating digitally for other sports properties, analyze historical trends across US Open properties and provide a comprehensive analysis outlining opportunities for growth. Candidate must proficient in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), as well as Google Suite programs (Sheets, Slides, Docs, etc.). Candidate should also have an interest and basic knowledge of digital industry and social trends.
    2. Merchandising: Position will assist with internal sales of US Open and USTA merchandise (manage paperwork, deliver product, shit/receive, manage inventory). Candidate should have working knowledge of Excel, specifically for accounting and managing/manipulating inventory lists. Must have great attention to detail, be approachable, have an upbeat personality and be able to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing. Position will move to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY on August 1st in preparation for the US Open. Ability to extend work through August 30th a plus.
    3. Video Services: Position will assist in research and pulling footage for video edits, assist in field shooting, including working with cameras, lighting, audio and teleprompter gear. This is a hands on position and will include on location shoots. Candidate must have basic computer proficiency and experience with cameras. Basic audio and lighting experience preferred, but not essential. A basic to moderate experience with editing and graphics software, including Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Avid, After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator a plus. Basic sports and tennis knowledge helpful. Most important, a willingness and desire to participate in a constantly flexible and evolving environment.
    4. USTA Foundation: Position will facilitate the development, coordination an d implementation of all USTA Foundation fundraising events and US Open fundraising activities. Create project plans, to include timelines and budgets. Create and distribute communications for events and correspond in a timely and engaging manner with guests, and more. Candidate must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs, specifically Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. Have strong organizational skills, attention to detail and thorough follow-up. Ability to work independently, multitask and think creatively. Have excellent oral and written communication skills, customer service skills and interpersonal skills. Highest standard of confidentiality and discretion. Raiser’s Edge or other Donor Database knowledge preferred, but not required.
    5. Creative Marketing: Position will primarily assist the graphic design team with design work. Candidate must have a working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite software packages: INDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Knowledge of Flash is helpful. Ideal candidate is a current design student.
    6. Hospitality: Position will including assisting in creating packages and proposals for potential US Open hospitality clients, assist in sales of hospitality packages through cold calling prospective clients, as well as manage and organize hospitality contracts. Candidate must be creative and adept at time management, customer service driven, have savvy interpersonal skills, ability to work independently, and strong computer skills, particularly Microsoft Excel.
    7. Digital, Social Media: Position will include working on US Open and US Open Series social media marketing activities (e.g. posting and creating social media content, coordinating efforts between social media influencers and USTA/US Open social media team). Candidate must be personally active on social media, know how to post/search/tag on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and SnapChat, have experience using Excel and PowerPoint, be a creative thinker and a self-starter. A keen interest in youth sports, gaming and tennis a plus.
  • USTA National Campus – Orlando, FL
    1. Information Technology: Position will assist desktop support staff in setup of computers, update computers and check equipment. Candidate should be studying computer science of information systems, be proficient in networking, Windows and Macintosh Operating Systems, Microsoft Office and Google for Work apps.
    2. Video Services: Position will assist in various shoots & edits, including helping operate cameras, audio equipment, lighting and teleprompters. Position will also require logging of media files including tagging with metadata, and occasional researching of information and music selection for editing purposes. Candidate must have a minimum, basic knowledge of Adobe Premiere and Creative Suite, video cameras and field and studio audio and lighting. Graphic design skills a plus. Candidate should also be interested in sports with at least a general knowledge of professional tennis.
    3. Adult Team Tennis: Position responsibilities include assisting with the development, maintenance and improvement of Tennis on Campus digital assets, assisting in developing content for TOC newsletter and social channels, and assisting with the planning of TOC sectional Championships. Candidate should know knowledge of the Tennis on Campus program, interest and knowledge in campus recreation, be proficient in Microsoft Office programs, Gmail and Google Drive. Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop a plus.
    4. USTA Foundation: Position will work to complete an audit of the NJTL network, which involves reviewing websites, reaching out to programs and following up on accountability reporting. Candidate should be proficient in Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets, be skilled with database collection and analysis, have the ability to use internet search engines for research, as well as the confidence and professionalism to contact personnel at organizations in the NJTL network. A sense of humor is a must.
    5. Officiating: Position will assist in various duties relating to the Officiating Department On-line curriculum and database management, duties relating to the 2018 US Open planning and preparation and other duties as assigned. Candidate should have a basic knowledge of tennis, be proficient in Microsoft Office and Excel, have strong communication skills.
    6. Adult Tennis: Position will assist with new initiatives in adult competition, including the Team Up tournament product that is new to market. Will include training new tournament directors on how to use USTA software to carry out events, assist with the Adult 18-39 grant process and assisting with Team USA Seniors Team logistics. Candidate should have a working knowledge of tennis, but more importantly a good grasp of technology. Strong Microsoft Office skills a plus, particularly Excel. Enthusiastic and outgoing personality a plus, along with strong interpersonal skills.
    7. Pro Circuit: Position will assist with weekly tournament operational reports, team meeting organization and administrative support, assisting with Community Involvement process with Pro Circuit tournaments, as well as training opportunities within the Major Events team. Candidate must be well organized, service oriented, have strong computer skills and be a team player.
    8. Community Tennis: Position will assist with Community Tennis related research projects. Candidate should have strong computer skills, including Gmail and the Microsoft Office suite, online research skills and a basic knowledge of tennis.
    9. Corporate Communications: Position will support the creation, execution and administration of publicity plans and initiatives for the USTA Corporate Communications Department. Will conduct local media outreach, assist with media monitoring and reports, write press materials for USTA National Campus and Community Tennis and coordinate research on programs and initiatives. Candidate will have strong written and verbal communication skills, be proficient in Microsoft Office programs, have excellent attention to detail and be organized. A student studying Public Relations or Communications preferred.
    10. Operations and Guest Services: Position will assist with the management of Campus digital assets, both front facing and internal, including managing surveys and social media accounts. Will assist with the facilitation of campus tour, promotions and responding to guest feedback. Candidate will have strong written and verbal communication skills, be proficient in Microsoft Office programs, as well as Gmail. Tennis knowledge a bonus, but not required. This is a customer service role.
    11. School Tennis: Position will assist with projects related to Net Generation and the US Open Series, including vendor relations, customer service, reporting and fulfillment. Candidate should be strong in Microsoft Office and Google for Work apps.
    12. Junior Play: Position will help support the programs of the Junior Play department, including Junior Team Tennis, Entry Level Tournaments, and Youth Progression. This will touch on areas such as event planning, marketing and operations. Candidate must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs and Google Suite programs. Knowledge of tennis preferred.

Innovation Scholars Program

Application Deadline: Friday, Apr. 6, 2018

The Innovation Scholars program fosters innovation and entrepreneurship and seeks to increase the number of successful startup companies initiated by or involving Carnegie Mellon University’s undergraduate students.

Scholars complete a two-year program integrating academic coursework work experience in a startup company networking mentorship — given as well as received. This selective program attracts the next generation of innovative thinkers and doers.

Open to current second-year students in their second semester in any school or college at Carnegie Mellon University.


Full application criteria and instructions

PSO Communications and Media Relations Internship

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra seeks a motivated, inspired person to support the Communications Department in its daily activities. The intern will gain firsthand experience in building connections between a Grammy-winning Orchestra in the media and its audience.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with basic publicity writing including press releases, pitches and media alerts
  • Assist in schedule keeping for departmental activities, with mindful awareness of goals and deadlines
  • Assist photographers and press at concerts and events
  • Communicate frequently with local and national press, as well as guest artists
  • Provide administrative support as needed

Desirable skills, experience, and qualifications

  • Completed a minimum of 2 to 3 years of college
  • Pursuing a degree in Journalism, English, Theatre, Music or related field with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Displays a deep interest in music or the arts
  • Displays a high level of professionalism and respectability
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

An ideal candidate would be available 3 days each week, approximately 24 hours of time, with availability some evenings and weekends for concerts and events.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Liza Prijatel Thors.

PPG Government Affairs Internship / Contractor

PPG Government Affairs will be seeking a new intern, ideally who can start part-time in April and begin full-time starting mid-May. The internship lasts for a full year, with a starting pay of $12.50 /hr, and periodic increases based on performance.

This is an ideal position for someone who is completing their undergraduate studies and is looking for a transition job prior to law school or who is interested in starting a career in public policy, especially around business and manufacturing.

Government Affairs Contractor / Internship

The PPG Government Affairs contractor / internship program supports all major functions of the PPG Government Affairs (GA) department while gaining training in federal, state, and international government affairs, as well as political action committee management.

The ideal candidate for the spring internship program is a recent undergraduate senior, college graduate, or master’s student. The position requires 40 hours per week.

The internship is located at PPG Place in downtown Pittsburgh.


  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in Government Affairs, International Affairs, Public Policy, Economics or related discipline.
  • Background in public policy, business, and/or government.
  • A strong understanding of the U.S. federal government, with basic understanding of state and local governance.
  • Fluency with the Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint). 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Researching candidates, associations, and key public policy issues
  • Supporting quarterly and semi-annual lobbying disclosure filings
  • Participating in internal and external communications related to key policy issues
  • Coordinating communications and planning with internal and external entities of PPG GA
  • Website management for both GA and the PPG Political Action Committee
  • Planning PPG facility tours for federal, state, and foreign officials 

For more information, please contact Arthur Pang.

Career-Focused Abroad Programs – Summer 2018

Stand out as a global citizen and land your dream internship! Explore the Green Program’s short-term, experiential education for our world’s most pressing issues in sustainable development

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Summer Internships in Aix-en-Provence, France

IAU provides access to unpaid, for-credit internships available at local enterprises for eligible summer students.

Students gain valuable, hands-on experience in a Mediterranean backdrop while earning internship credit, improving language skills, and increasing pre-professional and cultural competencies in Aix-en-Provence, France.

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2018 Local Government Academy Municipal Intern Program

The Local Government Academy is pleased to announce the 2018 Municipal Intern Program, where graduate or undergraduate students are matched with southwestern Pennsylvania municipalities, Councils of Governments, or authorities looking for emerging leaders to complete important projects. 

The selected paid internships will begin in May, and projects will be completed by August 31, 2018.

The Local Government Academy is hosting a Municipal Intern Fair on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College/Hamburg Hall, from 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. This fair is open to currently enrolled students from all colleges and universities. Representatives from local government placement sites will be in attendance, and students will have the opportunity to interact with these representatives to learn more about summer intern projects.

Students are strongly encouraged to attend the Municipal Intern Fair to meet representatives of the placement sites and identify internships that interest them. It is highly recommend that students register for the Municipal Intern Program and the Intern Fair by completing an application.

This year, it is expect to have at least 20 paid summer internships available. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible and invited to participate in the Municipal Intern Fair. Students will earn between $9–$11 per hour.

Students should complete the online registration form even if they are unable to attend the Intern Fair. By completing this important step, all student information will be included in our prospective intern list which will be made available to the local government placement sites prior to the Intern Fair.

Please visit Local Government Academy for complete information and see the attached LGA Intern flyer and the MIP Description for Students.

Teletracking (For Juniors and Seniors)

Teletracking, a local Pittsburgh company, is actively seeking interns for positions such as Product Management Intern (healthcare industry) and Software Engineering Intern. Go to the Jobs section of Handshake and search for the Teletracking to see all of the positions that are available.

American Enterprise Institute Summer Honors Program

We are pleased to announce that the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, is now accepting applications for its 2018 Summer Honors Program, a series of fully-funded educational and career development opportunities for undergraduate students interested in public policy and national politics.  Each year, we bring together top students from around the country and across the political spectrum to discuss some of the most pressing challenges facing our country. Students participate in small, intensive seminars taught by AEI scholars and other policy practitioners, join daily lunches with policymakers and business leaders, and advance their careers through high-level networking opportunities. 

You can see the full course lineup on the flyer below, as well as on the program’s website. This year, we are proud to offer twelve courses for students, on everything from Pericles’ Athens (taught by AEI’s Gary Schmitt), to the Constitution (taught by AEI and the University of California-Berkeley’s John Yoo), to the principles of democratic capitalism (taught by AEI’s Director of Economic Policy Studies Michael Strain), to military history and decision-making (taught by the Director of AEI’s Critical Threats Project, Frederick Kagan), and more, making it a program suitable for student leaders with diverse sets of interests.  The program takes place at our headquarters in Washington, and students may apply for a one-week and/or a four-week program, depending on their interests and availability.

Students may be nominated, or may apply directly. Applications are accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis.

If you have any questions about the program, please email

Tartan Talks

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 Xinspire!

GoEco Internship Opportunities for Humanities and Social Science Students

GoEco invites students and faculty to participate in our humanities and social science internships and volunteer projects abroad!GoEco was created by experienced volunteers for people who are eager to travel and contribute to the community, wildlife, and environment they visit. Based on years of practice and in-depth field reports, GoEco presents you with a careful selection of excellent yet affordable volunteer and ecological minded vacations.

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Ceisler Media, Fall & Spring Media Relations and Advocacy Internship

Pittsburgh, PA - Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Research for clients
  • Digital and social media content
  • Pitching news media
  • Crafting messages for clients
  • Planning events
  • Attending meetings
  • Drafting media advisories
  • News monitoring and clips


  • Majoring in Communications, Political Science, Journalism, Marketing, Business or a related field
  • Interested in politics and what is going on in the area and across the state
  • Strong writing skills
  • Effective interpersonal and communications skills
  • Able to work 12-15 hours a week throughout the semester

If you are interested, please email Keegan Gibson the following:

  • Resume
  • Writing sample
  • Cover letter
  • Two references