GPP Podcast: Career Coaching for Budding Advocates, Politicos, Policy Wonks & Social Entrepreneurs
Internship Search Strategies - Part 3 Networking
January 20, 2021
Amy Heath-Carpentier and Susan Craig
Networking! Just the idea provokes dread in the most steadfast of hearts, but networking isn't mingling. The core tool in networking is informational interviewing, which is almost like a qualitative research tool you deploy to figure out what you want to do and how to get there. It pays big dividends on the search--taking you from being reactive (looking at listings) to being proactive (hearing about positions before they are listed). In our method, your target list and networking list go together. Listen in and learn more! And remember...
"Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What's important is the action. You don't have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow." the late, great Carrie Fisher
Some helpful resources:
Success Stories: First years and sophomores really should start with talking to juniors and seniors. This database can help!
- Washington University in St. Louis Career Center Networking handout has sample language to use when reaching out over LinkedIn and some sample questions to get you started.
- Our colleagues, Jen Meyer, has a great networking handout geared to Sam Fox students, but many of her tips apply to us too. She is the origin of the idea of the "super fan" that we use so often.
- Ready to take it to the next level? Mingling is, in fact, an important professional skills. Take the plunge with Jessica Hische's series Non-Creepy Networking.