Carnegie Mellon University

CMU Highland Ambassadors

The Highland Ambassadors program is a vital part of creating and maintaining an engaged student-alumni community at Carnegie Mellon. These involved student leaders are the bridge between current students and alumni, serving as advisors, advocates, event support and marketers for Alumni Association initiatives. Highland Ambassadors are undergraduate and graduate students with representation across all schools and colleges.

Highland Ambassadors are chosen for their enthusiasm and school spirit as well as their demonstrated leadership and commitment to the university. The program seeks students who are passionate about learning more about Carnegie Mellon and who can appropriately represent the university and its student body.

As a Highland Ambassador, you will:

  • Demonstrate leadership on and off campus
  • Serve as official student representatives at VIP events locally and nationally
  • Host selected university guests and prospective students on campus
  • Participate in a wide array of events and special projects as assistants, volunteers or paid workers
  • Advocate for student philanthropy
  • Engage and create meaningful relationships with alumni, including those on the Alumni Association Board and with the Pittsburgh Network leadership
  • Become the next generation of alumni volunteer leaders after graduation

Become a Highland Ambassador

Highland Ambassadors are chosen through an application and interview process. Applicants must:

  • Be active and engaged on campus
  • Sign a Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement and adhere to all standards listed in it
  • Make a gift to the university each year (minimum $5) 

Interested in applying? Applications are now being accepted for the 2023-2024 cohort! Online applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, but preference is given to those who apply by Oct. 20, 2023.

Apply to be a Highland Ambassador

What does a Highland Ambassador do?


  • Serve as an example and role model for your peers


  • Meet with alumni as requested
  • Attend Pittsburgh alumni events, such as dinners, receptions and networking opportunities
  • Advocate for engagement and philanthropy with your peers


  • Lead campus tours for VIP guess as requested (training provided)
  • Assist with at least one Tartan Tuesday
  • Work signature events like Spring Carnival and Homecoming Weekend to engage with alumni
  • Meet with the Office of Alumni & Constituent Engagement Staff
  • Engage with the Pittsburgh Alumni Network and Alumni Association Board


  • Attend regional alumni events as possible during summer, winter and spring breaks
  • Recruit, interview and select the next Highland Ambassadors group