Networking is about making connections with people, and Grinnellians who have already graduated love to connect with other Grinnellians, especially students. So whether you’re looking for information about a job, an internship, or graduate school, making connections with others can help.

Where to search for contacts at Grinnell

Friends. Don’t underestimate the potential of existing ties. Besides, your Grinnell friends may know someone who knows someone.

Professors. They’re the natural first stop if you’re looking for information about graduate school. They can be a wealth of information about their specific disciplines too and can help connect you to others in their field. They may also know former students who pursued a field or degree of inter­est to you. CLS has a full-time graduate and professional school adviser who can help too.

Guest Speakers in Your Classes. By volunteering to speak in class, they’ve already expressed interest in students. These professionals are a vastly under-tapped resource.

Supervisors. These individuals have a sense of your skills and can offer specific insight into paths that might be well-suited for you. They are also a great source for referrals.

Alumni. These individuals are often helpful contacts and you are guaranteed to have at least one thing in common: Grinnell College. A career adviser from the Center for Careers, Life, and Service can help you access alumni.