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Public Interest Tech@CMU

Conference & Career Fair

Public Interest Tech@CMU Conference And Career Fair

Interested in ways in which technology can be applied to compelling problems and make a real difference in peoples’ lives?

Join us in-person on Thursday October 5, 2023 at Carnegie Mellon University to explore how universities can partner with government agencies, social impact organizations and communities to address today's challenges.

Public Interest Tech @ Carnegie Mellon University (PIT@CMU) Career Fair & Conference is a one-day, in-person event for government agencies, social impact organizations, professionals and students throughout the Western Pennsylvania region interested in creating a better world through technology. It convenes the country’s most talented students and thought leaders from organizations and companies focused on creating responsible and accountable tech that serves the public interest. The event showcases resources, opportunities, insights, case studies and career paths while directly connecting employers who are recruiting for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities.

Public Interest Tech@CMU Conference

Date: Thursday October 5, 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm ET
Location: Carnegie Mellon University, Cohon University Center, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15213
Cost: This in-person event is FREE
Who should attend: Any student interested in applying their dynamic skill set

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Conference sessions include:
Emerging Opportunities in Tech (Pre-Conference Event)
Thursday, September 21, 2023
12:30-1:30 PM | Virtual
Are you interested in big tech, but struggle to find opportunities?  With the recent shift in the tech industry, are you unsure of where to look for high-impact jobs and internships?  Then this session is for you!  Join us for an innovative conversation about emerging industries working at the intersection of  technology, data analytics, and social impact. This industry is rapidly-growing, and an excellent opportunity for students (including international students)  to apply their technical skill set while influencing social good.  

POV: Tech For Good
Thursday October 5, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Join our esteemed-panel of Public Interest Tech pioneers as they share insights into this emerging industry, as well as opportunities for students to apply their in-demand skill set.  Learn how you can get started in the field of PIT by identifying resources to help launch your career, and define the core responsibilities and competencies associated with PIT positions. 
Public Interest Tech in Action
Thursday October 5, 2023
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
This interactive session, led by PIT practitioners, showcases the application of PIT concepts to solve real-world problems. Topics include: design thinking, telling stories with data, human-centered design, and data science for social good.


Public Interest Tech@CMU Career Fair

Please join us for this free Public Interest Technology Career Fair; the event is designed for employers seeking students in tech-focused studies including policy, analytics, IT, information systems, computer science and more, and for students interested in connecting with employers in the public sector who are recruiting for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities.  

Date: Thursday October 5, 2023
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
Location: Carnegie Mellon University, Cohon University Center, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15213



This in-person event is FREE & includes:

  • One (1) booth for up to two (2) representatives from your organization
  • Networking lunch from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Fixed reimbursement amount for some travel expenses and parking (if needed)

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Student Talent Pool: Don’t miss your chance to meet early in the fall semester with candidates from programs such as:



Need help setting up an account in Handshake? Here is a handy guide, or email us with your questions and we will help!

Registration is open from Mon, August 14 - Thurs, September 28!

QUESTIONS?  Contact Jocelyn Malik in Heinz College Career Services



You will be able to meet with representatives from participating organizations to discuss full-time, internship and volunteer opportunities. Participating public/government sector employers need a wide range of talent including: project management, data engineering, analytics, IT and policy analysts.


  • Registration opens for students on September 21, 2023 at 1:30 pm. 
  • Check-in: Student check-in will begin at 1:00 pm on Thursday, October 5, 2023 in the Cohon University Center on Carnegie Mellon University’s Campus; students will self-select which organization’s booth they choose to visit, and will be given a map of employers in attendance
  • Attire: Business casual
  • Engaging with Employers: Research employers in advance, be prepared with good questions and take time with each employer. Students should bring business cards and resumes but only offer them to representatives after a conversation has occurred.  Check out these career fair preparation resources.  
  • International Students: On a case-by-case basis, non-Federal government employers are able to and do accept international student applicants.  If you have questions about your eligibility or specific employers, please contact your Career Center or advisor.

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Support for this research was provided by the Public Interest Technology University Network Challenge Fund, a fiscally sponsored project of New Venture Fund. The Public Interest Technology University Network’s challenge as well as career fair grants are funded through the support of the Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Mastercard Impact Fund with support from Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, Schmidt Futures, and The Siegel Family Endowment.