Whether you’re investigating careers and organizations or seeking information about internships or jobs, Cornell alumni, parents, and friends of the college serve as excellent networking resources. Although contacting a professional may seem daunting, be assured that most are willing and interested in offering their knowledge and advice. Two-thirds of the workforce secure jobs through personal contacts, so it’s never too early to begin building a powerful network!

To get started networking you can join the Cornell College Switchboard, a site for current Cornellians to connect with each other and alums, set up a LinkedIn account, participate in Berry Career Institute networking events and career tours, or set up a job shadow or informational interview.

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Benefits of networking 

  • Increased insight into a career field, organization, or specific job
  • Awareness of available internship and summer job opportunities
  • Reinforced assessment of your interests and needs
  • Greater confidence in job and internship interview situations
  • Industry contacts

Read through the Berry Career Institute’s Networking Guide to learn more about the networking process and proper etiquette when reaching out to contacts.