CMU Solutions is a small, efficient, active, and diverse team on campus. As a result, we have a rather extensive recruitment process compared to other student groups at Carnegie Mellon. We select from a broad pool of applicants based on skill, interest, commitment, and teamwork.

Timeline & Application Process

CMU Solutions Mailing List

Mailing List

Register for our mailing list to get more information about the club, and reminders about our information sessions and application process. Please email info@cmusolutions.org with your andrewid to register.

Spring Activities Fair
Wednesday January 23rd, 2013
4:30-6:30pm
Wiegend Gym, University Center

Spring Activities Fair

Carnegie Mellon’s activity fairs showcase many of our campus clubs that span a variety of interests and passions. These fairs are a great way for student organizations to highlight what their group is about, recruit new members and publicize upcoming events. Stop by the CMU Solutions booth to meet current solutions members, find out about our mission, our projects, and application process.

Information Session
Thursday January 24th, 2013
8:00-9:00pm
Simon Auditorium
Tepper School of Business

Infomation Session

We will hold information sessions on campus during the first few weeks of each semester. Attend these meetings to meet current members, find out about past projects, and how to apply. Also look for us at the activities fair!

Application Deadline
Sunday January 27th, 2013
23:59pm

Online Application

Our application process requires both a resume submission and an online form consisting of basic information about the applicant and a few short answer questions. We will review these applications soon after the information sessions and select candidates for an interview based on skill, experience, interest, and potential.

Apply here

Candidates Notified for Interview
Wednesday January 30th, 2013

After reviewing the online application and resumes, we will select a certain number of candidates for an in-person interview. If you have been selected for an interview, you must attend the interview sessions during the following weekend.

Interview
Saturday February 2nd, 2013

Interview

Our interview process consists of two parts, an individual behavioral interview and a group case.

Individual Interview
In this portion of the interview, you will be given behavioral questions to test your problem-solving skills. In addition, we will ask you to talk about your interests and past leadership experiences. In order to maintain fairness and reduce bias, the individual interview will be conducted in two sessions, each with different members of CMU Solutions.

Group Case
In the group interview, you will work on a mock consulting case with your fellow interviewees. You will have 30 minutes to prepare your case and 10 minutes to present your findings. You will tested not only on your quantitative analytical skills, but also on your soft skills. Members of the club will observe your group as you prepare your recommendation to assess your ability to communication and work with a team. Following your group presentation, we will hold a Q&A session with all Solutions members.

Final Decisions
Saturday February 2nd, 2013

Candidates applying for CMU Solutions will be notified of our final decision on this date; they will be selected based on skill, interest, and dedication. If you have been offered a position at CMU Solutions, please look at our development program to see how you spend your first semester with the team.

Development Program

The purpose of our development program is to provide new Solutions members with a training period in which they will learn about the consulting field, apply their skills in a mock project, and learn to work with their teammates.

Client Project

New members will work on a client project together with experienced CMU Solutions members. This project will test their ability to analyze data, communicate with team members, meet deadlines, and present their final recommendation to the client. Our new members will get real-world project experience, while still having the support of established CMU Solutions members for help.

Workshops

Students will attend mandatory workshops with club advisors on consulting strategies and problem-solving methods. The workshops are supplementary aids to help you manage your projects as well as develop your knowledge about the field of consulting. Students will have the opportunity to speak with professional consultants about their line of work and discuss their current projects. Past workshops have included presentations from Summa Consulting, IBM, and McKinsey.

360 Evaluations

At the end of the semester, students are evaluated by the client as well as fellow Solutions members on group work, communication skills, work ethic, and attitude. These evaluations are intended to provide students with constructive feedback on what they did well and where they can improve.

Team Outings

Students will also attend various socials throughout the semester with their team to facilitate communication and team-bonding.