Katharine Hansen, in her book, A Foot in the Door, describes a potential game plan for networking throughout the undergraduate years. These guidelines can help you during your time at Georgetown and beyond:
It's never too early to get to know your professors and advisor. Any extracurricular activities can connect you to other students with similar interests. If you are working on or off campus, make an effort to connect with your boss or supervisor.
Work with a career counselor to identify industries of interest and conduct informational interviews with people working in those fields. Attend one of our career fairs or a few employer information sessions to learn more and practice talking with employers. Keep an eye out for our industry weeks programs, which offer programming and networking opportunities around a variety of industries (e.g., science, education, marketing, nonprofit). Make a point to attend at least one or two events for the weeks that interest you.
Make sure your resume and LinkedIn profile are up to date and error-free. Talk with guest speakers at Georgetown or elsewhere to ask about your interests. As you gain exposure to different fields through internships or volunteering, be sure to connect with people in organizations you are interested in and ask them to recommend similar organizations or colleagues for continued research.
If you have a sense of where you'll live after graduation, research and contact relevant professional organizations, companies, and alumni or other contacts. Pace yourself. Set concrete networking goals. Revisit connections you've made during your college career to ask for industry advice, additional contacts, or other ideas.
Beyond Georgetown – List potentially helpful contacts and set goals for initiating discussions with them. Attend relevant conferences, association meetings, networking events, and alumni events. Keep in touch with the contacts you made in college. Update them when you move to a new position or when you encounter questions relevant to their field.