The students guide to networking

Students at a career fair speak with a representative from the USAID Global Health Fellows Program II at the California State University East Bay. Photo by: Global Health Fellows Program II / CC BY-NC-SA

The very word networking can cause anxiety for even experienced professionals, so it can be particularly daunting for students. You might have a couple of internships under your belt but you probably don’t yet have have business cards to hand out and aren’t really sure what etiquette is expected at a networking event.

Whether you are looking to find out more about upcoming internship opportunities with an NGO, secure an informational interview with a potential employer, or make sure you stand out among other applicants, connecting with the right people can be key to launching your global development career.

About the author

  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.