Carnegie Mellon University

Tomorrow's Professionals

Course Number: 84-215

Professionalism is a pillar of success. It is also a cornerstone of a healthy and productive work environment. But professionalism is not innate. Rather, professionalism is taught and learned. It should be practiced intentionally and developed over time and with experience. It is a specific skill set that positions individuals for future success.

Internships are often students’ first experiences in the professional world. Many of our students enter positions in government, non-profits, and policy—often in Washington. These fast-paced and demanding work environments require lot of our interns. Professionalism is the key to their success, and there is an opportunity to ensure that they are appropriately prepared to enter these domains and hit the ground running.

This seminar is designed to facilitate students’ deliberate thinking about professionalism, so that they can: begin to practice it upon entry into their respective internships and avoid decisions or behaviors that could hamper their success, build their unique brands, identify opportunities to excel, and ensure overall excellence in their careers. Throughout the seminar, we will discuss professional conduct, leadership, teamwork, interview techniques and strategies for success. We will discuss real-time and simulated workplace challenges, and problem-solve as a group to develop meaningful, professional resolutions to difficult workplace scenarios. Being prepared for such scenarios, and responding intentionally to challenges can make or break a career.  

Professionalism is a lifelong skill. The goal of this seminar is to provide students with the necessary tools to begin building their professional careers, and so that they have a set of skills to rely on as they grow within their careers. Given the right preparation and tool kit—students that practice professionalism will see their careers catapulted forward and doors open indefinitely.  

This 3-unit (pass/no pass) seminar is open only to students participating in the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP) in the semester immediately after taking this course.

Academic Year: 2022-2023
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Mini 2, Mini 4
Required/Elective: Required
Units: 3
Location(s): Pittsburgh

Fall 2022- Mini 2
Monday
6:40-8:00 PM
Remote Only

Spring 2023- Mini 4
Monday
7-8:20 PM
Remote Only

Required course for students participating in the CMU/WSP: 
This 3-unit (pass/no pass) seminar is open only to students participating in the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP) in the semester immediately after taking this course.