Carnegie Mellon University

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This is your home for IPS Professional Development Series events, information sessions, and everything in between. 

The Institute for Politics and Strategy Professional Development Series provides opportunities for IPS declared majors and minors to network, to learn about internships, and to build valuable skills to help prepare for life after CMU. The series presents a wide array of learning opportunities for students. In the Spring 2020 semester alone, IPS students went through a counterterrorism and intelligence exercise with a National Counterterrorism Center recruiter; heard from a lawyer for the National Security Agency; discussed the difficulties of running a city during the COVID-19 pandemic with the mayor of Pittsburgh's chief of staff; and participated in a LinkedIn workshop.  

Sessions are held throughout the academic year, and each will focus on a different topic. Please email the program manager to learn more.

Spring 2021

Date Event
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
5:30 p.m. EST
Register here

Friedman Fellowship information session

Interested in spending a summer in Washington, DC? Join us to learn more about the Friedman Fellowship program, which can help you land an internship in the nation's capital. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST
Register for the event

IPS Brown Bag:  Law School and Legal Careers

Are you interested in law school or a legal career? Join us to hear from a panel of law students and legal professionals about their personal journeys, different career paths in the field, and more. This will be a small, informal gathering open to discussion, so come with questions ready!

Meet the Panelists:

Noelle Byrd (IPS '13), General Counsel for Sensory Interactive
Sahana Thirumazhusai (IPS '19), Columbia Law School, 1L Human Rights Advocates Program
Dave Brewer, Deputy Staff Director, House Judiciary Committee

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
10:30 a.m. EST
Register here
Interested in spending a summer in Washington, DC? Join us to learn more about the Friedman Fellowship program, which can help you land an internship in the nation's capital. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST
Register here

Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program information session

Want to spend a semester studying, interning, and living in Washington, DC? Come learn more about our Washington Semester Program from Program Manager Meghan Mattern. You'll study policy with former policy-makers; intern on Capitol Hill, with think tanks and non-profits, or with any of the many organizations in the nation's capital; and explore a vibrant city with a close-knit cohort of students

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. EST
Register here

Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program information session

Want to spend a semester studying, interning, and living in Washington, DC? Come learn more about our Washington Semester Program from Program Manager Meghan Mattern. You'll study policy with former policy-makers; intern on Capitol Hill, with think tanks and non-profits, or with any of the many organizations in the nation's capital; and explore a vibrant city with a close-knit cohort of students

Monday, April 5, 2021
4 p.m. ET
Zoom link

Institute for Politics and Strategy information session

Interested in the Institute for Politics and Strategy? Join IPS Deputy Director Emily Half and current IPS students for an information session! Bring questions. 

Friday, April 9, 2021
12 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET
Register here

IPS Lunchtime Roundtable with Military Fellows

Join us for an informal lunchtime roundtable to discuss the professional journeys of our two military fellows in IPS: CDR Clint Christofk (US Navy) and LtCol Mike Needham (US Army War College).

Plus, IPS will provide lunch to attendees!

Sunday, April 11, 2021
1 p.m. ET
Zoom link

Institute for Politics and Strategy information session

Interested in the Institute for Politics and Strategy? Join IPS Deputy Director Emily Half and current IPS students for an information session! Bring questions.