Carnegie Mellon University


Stay up-to-date on upcoming Dietrich College lectures and events. A full listing is available on the Dietrich College Events Calendar.

Informational Interviewing: Leveraging 15 Minutes to Better Understand Career Pathways

Monday, July 1, 5 to 6 p.m., McKenna Room, Cohon University Center

Presenter: Bryce Yoder, experiential learning coordinator

Reaching out to professional connections for an ‘informational interview’ is an easy way to explore career paths and better understand your areas of interest. This session will cover the basics of what informational interviewing or ‘coffee chats’ are, why it is an important tool in order to better understand career pathways, and how to effectively request one from people you may or may not know. Bring a laptop or device with you to draft messages to your connections and brainstorm ways to get the most out of future conversations!

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Pre-College Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show

Thursday, July 4, 9 p.m., The Cut

The Office of Pre-College Programs has welcomed about 800 rising juniors and seniors to 12 different programs that are offered at our campus during the summer. This group of amazing high school students come from all over the world. Many of them will stay with us for 6 weeks. We have 60+ resident advisors and community advisors (CMU undergraduate students) working with Pre-College students.

Lots of activities are scheduled for the six weeks, including an annual 4th of July fireworks show that is open to CMU and local communities.

Please visit CMU’s Pre-College Programs’ website for more information and for weather-related updates/cancellations.

Workshop and Networking Session: Professional Communication and Business Etiquette with Robotics Factory Tour

Wednesday, July 10, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Robotics Factory, 113 47th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Presenter: Alison Treaster, chief of staff,

Join our immersive workshop designed to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge to thrive in a professional setting. From effective communication strategies to workplace etiquette, this dynamic session will empower you to navigate the corporate landscape with confidence and poise. Learn the art of crafting impactful emails, understand verbal and nonverbal communication cues, and discover techniques to foster positive relationships with coworkers. Gain insights into professional conventions, including appropriate attire and mannerisms, and unravel the intricacies of workplace culture. Unlock your potential to become a valued and respected member of any professional environment. Don't miss this opportunity to shape your future success!

This workshop will include the opportunity to tour the Robotics Factory and also network with members of the Pittsburgh Robotics Network. Food will be provided.

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Mastering Presentation Skills and Public Speaking

Tuesday, July 16, 5 to 6 p.m., Steinberg Auditorium (Baker A35)

Presenter: Will Weiner (DC ’13), CEO at Xpogo

Effective presentation skills and public speaking are invaluable assets for college student interns aiming to excel in their careers. This dynamic workshop is designed to equip interns with the tools and techniques to deliver impactful presentations and confidently engage audiences. Through interactive exercises and practical guidance, participants will learn the fundamentals of structuring and delivering compelling presentations, conquering stage fright and using body language effectively. The workshop will also cover strategies for engaging and captivating diverse audiences, incorporating visual aids, and handling Q&A sessions with poise. Join us to enhance your presentation prowess and unlock your full potential as an intern.

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Navigating the Art of Professional Boundaries

Tuesday, July 23, 5 to 6 p.m., Hello Neighbor, 6587 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Presenter: Rachel Vinciguerra, director of national programs, Hello Neighbor

Learn about the importance of managing professional relationships and setting boundaries in your personal and work lives. The session will cover the following topics:

  • Managing up: Understanding how to work effectively with supervisors and managers and how to communicate your boundaries and needs in a professional manner.
  • Knowing your capacity: Identifying your strengths and limitations and learning how to prioritize your workload to avoid burnout.
  • Communicating your boundaries and needs: Developing effective communication skills to clearly express your boundaries, needs and expectations in the workplace.
  • Setting boundaries for your life: Tips and strategies for setting boundaries in your personal life, such as taking email off your phone and managing your time effectively.

The session aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to maintain a healthy work-life balance and build positive, professional relationships. By the end of the session, you will have gained a better understanding of how to navigate professional boundaries, communicate effectively and set boundaries for their personal and work lives.

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Recurring Events

Summer Mending Workshop

Fridays, noon to 2 p.m., TechSpark Fab Lab C101, Hamerschlag Hall

TechSpark Makerspace staffer Katrina D'Arms is hosting weekly mending workshops in the TechSpark "Fab Lab" in Hamerschlag Hall.

On Friday afternoons from noon to 2 p.m. through the summer (May 31- Aug. 9), she is available to teach hand and machine sewing and help with repairs and simple alterations. Bring a damaged garment on accessory to repair - no experience necessary.

CMU Pantry Hours

CMU Pantry, Residence on Fifth, 4700 Fifth Avenue, First Floor

The CMU Pantry is a free resource that combats food insecurity by providing food assistance to Carnegie Mellon University students and their dependents. All current CMU students are eligible to shop at the Pantry. Shoppers are asked to reserve times for their visits to prevent overcrowding. Please visit the Pantry's website to learn more about the Pantry, including how to reserve a shopping time.

Summer Hours: 

  • Mondays: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Wednesdays: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

  • Fridays: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.