Carnegie Mellon University

Professional Development Opportunities


Communication Skills in a Zoom World

with Michael Sheehan

Friday, March 25, 2022
12 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET
Zoom: Register here

IPS and CMU/WSP students are invited to join us for a special professional development session with Michael Sheehan on communication skills for Zoom interviews, presentations, and more. Fast Company describes Michael as "the secret weapon behind the world's best communicators," so come learn from the best!

About Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan has been training corporate CEOs, policy makers and political leaders for more than thirty years. One of America’s leading communications trainers and strategists, his expertise embraces every format and every forum whether media interview, major speech, or high-stakes Q&A. His ability to help people communicate at the highest possible level was dubbed by New York Magazine as “the Sheehan effect.”

He prepares CEOs, CFOs, and senior executives to step into and withstand the media/public affairs spotlight. Nationally known for his skill in message development and spokesperson training, he has been called upon to help in critical business situations such as IPOs, shareholder meetings, media interviews, government/regulatory hearings, hostile takeovers, and much more.

Michael has coached more Presidents, Vice Presidents, First Ladies, Cabinet Secretaries, Governors, Mayors, and Members of Congress than anyone else in the country. Since 1988, he has been called upon to coach every Presidential and Vice-Presidential debate series as well as the principal speakers at the Democratic National Conventions. For the Obama and Clinton administrations alike, he has coached Inaugural Addresses, States of the Union, prime time addresses, and press conferences.

Even media channels retain Michael’s services. Four different national publications have retained him to prepare their journalists for television interviews and commentary. He’s been brought in to help coach best-selling authors, Hollywood stars, professional athletes, and others for the widest possible range of interviews and speeches.

Michael regularly guest lectures at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Yale University, and Northwestern University. He has received the Individual Achievement award from the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association, and the Freeing Voices/Changing Lives award from the American Institute for Stuttering. Michael earned his BSFS from Georgetown University and his MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Soup-to-Nuts Job and Internship Series

with Katie Flanigan

This academic year, IPS is partnering with the Career and Professional Development Center to bring IPS students a soup-to-nuts series on securing a job and/or internship!

Last semester, we covered resumes and cover letters, as well as how to search for a job or internship. This semester will feature a networking lab and an interview and job negotiation lab.

Additionally, the CPDC has a new Assistant Director and Career Consultant for Dietrich College, Katie Flanigan, who is working with us on this series for the semester. Check out her LinkedIn here!

In these thirty-minute lab intensives, Katie will go over best practices and tricks of the trade that you can implement in your own internship and job search processes.

After each lab, you'll have the opportunity to sign up for an individual session with Katie so that you can do a deeper dive into the subject.