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Resources to plan your academic future

There are many resources around campus that can help you design your own educational experience, but you need to know where to look. We suggest the following options:

The Career Center

It’s a good idea to start planning your post-graduate career path early, and it’s an even better idea to get job and internship experience during your four years of college. Located in the basement of the UC, the Career Center has specialists who meet with students to provide résumé and job advice tailored to specific majors. To book an appointment, e-mail career@andrew.cmu.edu. Walk-in advising is also available on Wednesdays 2-4 p.m.

The Office of International Education (OIE)

Luckily for us, Carnegie Mellon encourages students to study abroad. Going abroad is an extremely rewarding experience and a great chance to see another part of the world while earning college credits. Although the ease of studying abroad may vary by department, most students will be able to make it work if they seize the opportunity. You can study in a foreign country during the school year or during the summer for extra credits. Our school has resources to help you plan your trip. The first step is to make an appointment with OIE (e-mail goabroad@andrew.cmu.edu), located on the third floor of Warner Hall. In the meantime, ask friends in your department about their study abroad experiences and search the web to find out what countries and programs interest you.

The Fellowship Resource Advising Center

How will you fund your study abroad experience? Do you need extra money for tuition or summer internships? Are you already thinking about graduate school and fellowships after college? One of the offices that can help you to find funding is called the Fellowship Resource Advising Council (FRAC), located in Warner Hall. The Undergraduate Resource Office (URO), which operates closely with FRAC, can also help students find funding for undergraduate research. Besides funding, applying for grants is great practice in writing and presenting yourself, and a fantastic way to build your résumé. To make an appointment with FRAC, e-mail jzang@cmu.edu. To contact the URO, e-mail sw4s@andrew.cmu.edu.