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.

If you are a student or novice to the networking scene, here are a few things you can do to make the experience a little less stressful.

1. Connect in person.

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  • Emma smith

    Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a reporting and communications associate at Devex, based in Barcelona. She focuses on bringing the latest career and hiring trends, tips, and insights to our global development community. Emma has a background in journalism and, in addition to writing for news publications, has worked with organizations focusing on child rights and women’s rights in sustainable development.