Career & Professional Development Center

The Career and Professional Development Center is committed to assisting students and alumni in the successful realization of challenging, meaningful, and rewarding careers.

We provide a wide array of cutting edge career-related services including career coaching and workshops; online career resources; part-time, internship and full-time job search assistance; job fairs; an academic internship program; and a student employment program.

To accomplish our mission, we also partner with employers, alumni, parents, and families. The CPDC provides a variety of recruiting services to help employers find qualified applicants who meet their hiring needs. We also recognize the important role parents and families play in a student's career development process. The CPDC offers a number of volunteer opportunities for parents, families, employers, and alumni who would like to assist students by sharing real world experiences through panel discussions and career-related programs and events.

Careers for Colonials

Help fellow alumni learn about job opportunities.

The Covid-19 crisis is a great source of stress for college students around the country, including at RMU. Not only has it disrupted their classes and living arrangements, but many summer internships and job offers have been postponed or canceled.

If you or the organization you work for are hiring full-time or short-term employees or if you have internship opportunities to offer, please consider your fellow Colonials at RMU. Make sure they are among the first to know of these opportunities by posting them on the RMU Handshake job management system or contacting us at

If your organization isn’t hiring at this time, you can still help by joining the the RMU Career Networking group on LinkedIn. There you can offer encouragement, mentorship, and professional advice to students and alumni in your field.

We thank you for your assistance and wish you and your family the very best.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events.

Contact Us

  • 412-397-6333
  • Benjamin Rush Center
  • Monday thru Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm


Handshake is the Robert Morris University Career and Professional Development Center’s online registration, job posting, on-campus recruiting, and event management system. We are pleased to offer Handshake among our wide variety of resources and services to students, alumni and employers.

Instructions for Alumni

1. Click on "Alumni" under "Handshake" above.
2. Next to “No Account?” click “Sign up here.”
3. Enter your email address. Although the Handshake message states to enter an “.edu email address,” please enter a personal email address that you want to use for correspondence with employers; it does not have to be an RMU email address.
4. Under School, start typing “Robert Morris University” and then select “Robert Morris University.”  Click “Next.”
5. Create and confirm a password. Your password must be a minimum of 8 characters and must contain at least two of the following: letters, numbers, and special characters.
6. Check the box to agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, and then click "Create Account."
7. Complete the “Tell us about yourself” questions (first name, last name, major, graduation month, and graduation year).  Click “Next.”
8. Log in to your email account to view the Email Confirmation message from Handshake. Click “Confirm Email.” 
9. The next screen will let you know your email has been confirmed.  Under “Students & Alumni,” enter Robert Morris University.
10. Under the Single Sign On box, click “sign in with your email address.”
11. Enter your email address.
12. Enter your password.
13. Select your profile visibility setting (Community, Employer, or Private).
14. Answer questions about your job search goals/preferences and background on the next few screens, and then click “Launch.”
15. You have now completed the registration process, and your profile is in pending status.  The Career Center staff will review your profile for approval, which may take 2-3 business days. You will then receive another email from Handshake letting you know your request has been approved.

To log in to Handshake in the future, access Handshake at:  Be sure to click “sign in with your email address,” located under Single Sign On (current students).


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Information for Alums

Alumni are eligible for a variety of Career and Professional Development Center services and resources. Alumni can view job listings posted by the Career and Professional Development Center by accessing Handshake.

If you would like the CPDC to assist you in advertising available internships or positions in your organization, please call us at 412-397-6333. Alumni offer a wealth of knowledge and job experience that can be helpful to current students making career decisions. If interested in participating in CPDC events and activities, please call the CPDC at 412-397-6333.

Information for Employers

The Career and Professional Development Center offers our employer partners a variety of services to help find qualified applicants who meet your hiring needs. We also welcome employer participation in career-related events to share real world work experiences with our students.

Posting Positions

Employers have the ability to post their own positions on Handshake, the CPDC's online system, through password access. Once the CPDC has approved your employer profile, you can post jobs online and request on-campus interviews. For on-campus recruiting, this access allows you to monitor candidates' responses to your position and review resumes.

Campus Recruiting and Career Fairs

Career and Professional Development Center invite you to meet our students and alumni. We offer two large career fairs a year, one in the fall (October) and the other in the spring (February). In addition, smaller industry-focused career fairs are offered for Health Sciences careers and for SEMS careers. On- campus recruiting is available to employers throughout the fall and spring terms.

Our Career Fairs enable you to recruit hundreds of our student and alumni candidates for full-time, part- time, internship and cooperative education positions within your organization. Registration is a nominal fee and entitles your organization to a table with two chairs, signage, and lunch.

Please join us on Handshake to register for any of our Career Fairs, to post jobs, and to participate in on-campus recruiting.

RMU Talent Track

This program coordinates on-campus and off-campus work-study opportunities, as well as graduate assistantships. On average, about 600 students work on campus each year in a variety of offices and departments.  Off campus, some opportunities exist for students to work with local non-profit organizations as part of the Student Employment Program. 

Federal Work-Study is granted to students, based on need. It is a grant, not a loan, and does not have to be repaid. Eligible students can choose to work on-campus or off-campus with an approved non-profit or community service agency. University Student Payroll (USP) is funded to students by the University. It is not need-based, and students can work only on-campus. It, too, is a grant, not a loan.

Additional Resources

  • Building Your Future - Career planning is a process that requires time to examine your interests, skills, and values. "Building Your Future: A Career Planning Guide for Students" outlines specific activities you should consider each year in order to choose a career path and develop the skills employers seek.
  • Career Tip Sheets - The CPDC offers tip sheets on a variety of career-related topics including everything from resume writing to job search strategies and graduate school planning.
  • Career Resource Guides - are available for most RMU majors. The guides are an excellent starting point for career exploration and include information on sample career options, related professional associations, career and employment websites, relevant student groups, and a selection of internship/full-time employers.