Carnegie Mellon University

Model Programs

Many long-running programs enable Carnegie Mellon students to share their expertise to address problems locally, nationally and internationally.  Links below will take you to web pages for some of these programs.

The Technology Consulting in the Community

The Technology Consulting in the Community course (TCinC) is a special university-community learning partnership. Non-profit organizations, schools, and government agencies improve their technology use, management, planning and integration by working with Carnegie Mellon students. Students develop technical consulting and management skills while collaborating on site with a leader of a local organization. 

Technology Consulting in the Global Community

Technology Consulting in the Global Community (TCinGC) is a collaborative partnership between Carnegie Mellon students and faculty and governmental and non-governmental organizations throughout the world.

A select group of Carnegie Mellon students travel abroad each summer to enhance their own technical, management, and communication skills and developing locally sustainable uses for information and communications technology.  


Most developing communities have not benefited from technological advancements to date; in cases where technology has benefited these communities, the benefits are often highly asymmetric. Thus, technology has contributed to divides between developed and developing communities that further impede the development process. While many organizations continue to focus on enabling sustainable development, very few organizations have studied the role of technology in this process. TechBridgeWorld at Carnegie Mellon University is spearheading the innovation and implementation of technological solutions relevant and accessible to developing communities; using technology to build bridges rather than exacerbate divides.     

Systems Synthesis Capstone Project

Systems Synthesis is the second-year capstone project for MSPPM and MAM students. This course embraces four educational goals that "synthesize" the Heinz School experience and apply it to the analysis of complex public policy issues:  Develop problem structuring and solving skills;  Develop project management, teamwork, and communication skills;  Provide a capstone experience that integrates and synthesizes "core" coursework;  Provide a "real world" organizational experience.