Carnegie Mellon University

IPS Professional Development Series

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. 

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

Upcoming Spring 2020 Events*:

*In an effort to maintain some consistency for our students during this time of uncertainty, we have developed a series of virtual professional development opportunities through the remainder of the semester. Sessions will be held on Zoom, and we request advance RSVPs for each of the sessions when possible. 

National Security and the Law with Paul Richelmi (DC 2004), Cyber Security and Data Privacy Attorney, NSA 


Mr. Richelmi will discuss how Carnegie Mellon helped him on his career path, advice for a career with the NSA, and how COVID-19 has impacted his job and the agency.

Monday, April 6, 2020
4:45-5:45 p.m.
Join us on Zoom

Fireside Chat with Dan Gilman (DC 2004), Chief of Staff for Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto


Mr. Gilman joins us to answer your questions about working in local government and to talk about the City of Pittsburgh's response to COVID-19.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
4:45-5:45 p.m.
Join us on Zoom

Networking 101 with Juan Acosta (DC 2015)


Mr. Acosta, who graduated with majors in Hispanic Studies and Global Studies and received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant, will host a remote session on networking. Learn best practices and tricks of the trade to make the biggest impact at your next networking event — whether it's virtual or in person.

Monday, April 20, 2020
4:45-5:45 p.m.
Join us on Zoom

Information Literacy with IPS Professor Dan Silverman


Professor Silverman discusses how to leverage insights from political psychology to become an informed citizen, seek out balanced perspectives, and navigate ever-increasing disinformation.

Monday, April 27, 2020
4:45-5:45 p.m.
Join us on Zoom



February 5, 2020

Intelligence and Government Career Expo (during Encompass from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., on the 2nd floor of the CUC)

Intelligence Community Panel (featuring panelists from the CIA, DIA, FBI, NGA, and NSA, and will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)

If you are interested in one or both events, please register in Handshake.

February 25, 2020

Visit from Sarah Bast, campus recruiter for the National Counterterrorism Center.

Agenda to include individual meetings with students interested in careers in the Intelligence Community, as well as an analytic simulation, which will be a race against the clock as students evaluate intelligence reports, determine analytic lines of effort, brief their findings, and assess how new developments impact their assumptions and prior analyses. 



Date TBD

Etiquette Dinner and Networking Reception with Natalie Bencivenga, SEEN editor and digitally syndicated AskNatalie advice columnist, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dates TBD

Alumni Webinar Panels: Think Tank/Research, Non-Profit/Advocacy, Private Sector

Date Title
September 11, 2019 Resume Workshop with Kristin Staunton from CMU's Career and Professional Development Center
September 23, 2019 National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Internship and Career Session with Jessica Branch, NGA Campus Recruiter
October 17, 2019 Foreign Service Internship and Career Session with Tiffany McGriff, Diplomat-in-Residence
November 20, 2019 Writing Workshop with IPS Professor Ignacio Arana


IPS Students talk with Diplomat-in-Residence Tiffany McGriff