Virtual Networking with a Commonwealth Campus Student

Opportunity for Smeal alumni Virtual Networking with a Commonwealth Campus student

Alumni can volunteer to help first-year Commonwealth Campus students who are taking BA 197, which is a pre-major, 1-credit course by facilitating a "Virtual Networking" session. The students are required to conduct one session with an alumnus/alumna.

The purpose of this assignment is to provide the students with an opportunity to have a conversation with a working professional, and to also practice setting up an online "Zoom" meeting room. For most students, this will be the first time they are in a true "networking" conversation. The intent is to help them feel comfortable and confident.

What to expect:

1. 30-minute Virtual Networking Sessions will take place from January 20 - February 9 (all volunteer spots for spring 2020 are filled!).

2. A staff member will match you up with a student(s). The student(s) you are matched up with will contact you via e-mail to decide on a time that works for the two of you. The student will then provide you with the Zoom link (telephone option is also available). 

4. During the Virtual Networking Session, the student will introduce themselves and then ask you a series of interview-style questions about your job, company, or other info they discover on your LinkedIn profile or professional bio. The conversations will be no longer than 30 minutes.  

5. We will ask that you please provide very brief feedback to the course instructor via e-mail after your conversation (more details to be provided).

THE OPPORTUNITY TO SIGN UP FOR FALL 2020 WILL BE AVAILABLE IN LATE SUMMER