Networking is the process of making connections and building relationships. These connections can provide you with advice and contacts, which can help you make informed career decisions. Networking can even help you find unadvertised jobs/internships. Networking can take place in a group or one-on-one setting.

How Do I Start Networking?

Brainstorm to think about who your connections are and who they might know. 

Write down the names of people already in your network. Consider people you know:

  • Columbia professors and staff members
  • Former supervisors or colleagues
  • Parents’ friends
  • Classmates and club/organization members
  • Recent alumni

After creating your list of your current contacts, you can start thinking about who these people can connect you with. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know!


Networking practices can look different in different countries. Refer to the resource GoinGlobal and speak with professionals in your home country or country of interest.