Industry Career Coaching

Our Industry Career Coaches are experts at helping you navigate the complex process for the most competitive internships and jobs.

Work with our coaches to create a strategic plan to find the right jobs, build the right network, craft the right message and make the right career choices for your career.

Make an appointment with one of our Industry Coaches today in Handshake:

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Industry Career Resources

The Center for Career Services offers industry-specific resources for students with an interest in careers in the following industries.

  • Gain information & insights into careers in these sectors
  • Schedule an appointment with the Industry Career Coach for a particular sector
  • Learn about and register for industry-related career programs and events
  • Sign up for online newsletters to stay informed of the latest industry news, events, resources, jobs & internships
International Government & Policy, Diplomacy, Intelligence & International Development
U.S. Politics, Education, Social Impact, Arts & Communications


Create an Online Presence

Developing a professional online presence can help you "brand" yourself and provide you access to a wide variety of networking and career opportunities. Social media platforms are like resumes in that you need to be able to promote yourself through your professional activities online.

According to, “One in five employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, and close to 59% of them are influenced by your online presence.”

Create a professional online presence and use our online resources to explore career options and opportunities:

Establish a Networking Strategy

Networking is the most effective way to find a job or internship.  According to a survey from the Department of Labor, networking accounts for at least 69% of all annual hires.

Any successful job search plan includes identifying key networking strategies, such as participating in informational interviews, employer programs and events and utilizing social media to target and connect with potential contacts.

Advance Your Networking Skills

Once you have become familiar with networking strategies, you can work on augmenting your skill set and begin to develop more contacts.

Some of the networking events and workshops held by the Center for Career Services include:

  • Career & internship fairs
  • Student and alumni networking dinners and meet & greets
  • Industry career expos
  • Industry-specific career programs and panels
  • Employer information sessions

One way to receive more detailed information about an occupation or career is to conduct an informational interview, which is the process of talking to professionals who are employed in a career field or industry that is of interest to you.

Be Clear About What You Want to Accomplish

Typically the primary objectives of informational interviewing are to:

  • Investigate a specific career field.
  • Narrow career options.
  • Obtain advice on where you might fit in an organization.
  • Learn the jargon and important issues in the field.
  • Broaden your network for future reference.
  • Create a strategy for entering your field.

Before you arrange an interview, be sure to identify your objectives so you can tailor the interview to meet your needs. Ask the right questions to ensure that you get the information you need.

Find a Contact

To locate potential contacts in your field of interest, we recommend that you connect with alumni through Alumni Relations and LinkedIn to find contacts in the field in which you have an interest.

Arranging the Informational Interview

Write an outline or script of what you intend to say. Preparation decreases anxiety and ensures that you cover all the necessary information. Additionally, the contact will perceive you as organized and professional.

By Phone

When calling to schedule an appointment, three points should be covered:

  • Offer a personal introduction.
  • Identify your purpose for seeking an appointment.
  • Arrange a mutually convenient meeting time.

If you are calling as the result of a referral, state the referral’s name early in the conversation. Follow this sample language:

  • “Hello [Name of contact].  My name is [your full name]. [Name of person who referred you] suggested that I call you because of your [expertise/knowledge/background/experience] in the field of [occupation, trade, industry, profession, company].  I’m looking for information and advice about careers in your field.”

If you call without a reference, state how you found their contact information (e.g., “I read about your work in…”; “I heard you speak at…”; “I know of your reputation through…”). Next state your purpose:

  • “I am interested in this field as a possible career (or your specific reasons).  I’ve read and discussed it with others, but would like to gather more information.  I would like very much to meet with you, at your convenience, for no more than 20-30 minutes, to ask you some questions. Would it be possible to arrange a time to speak?”

If you encounter difficulty reaching the contact, call before 9:00am or after 6:00pm. The individual may be answering his/her own telephone outside of normal business hours.

By Email or Letter

Compose all emails and letters in business format and double check to ensure correct grammar and spelling. Similar to a phone call, a written request for an appointment should include:

  • Personal introduction.
  • Purpose for seeking appointment.
  • Indicate in the concluding paragraph that you will call on a specific date (usually one week after you send the email/letter) to arrange a mutually-convenient appointment for both parties.

Before you conduct an informational interview, make a list of questions you would like answered about a particular career field or organization. To gain the most information, use open-ended questions to engage your contact in conversation.

Sample Questions about the Field

  • What types of positions are available in this career field?
  • What general skills do people need to perform their responsibilities (i.e., organizing, supervising, writing)?
  • What background is required?
  • What kind of training or education do you recommend?
  • What characterizes a typical entry level position in the field?
  • What is the outlook for entry-level professionals?
  • What are some alternative methods of entry into the field?
  • What is the future of this field in terms of new and expanding opportunities?

In addition, ask about other information that may be helpful for your research, including critique of your resume, job search tactics or names of other professionals in the field.

Sample Questions about the Organization

  • What are some short and long-term goals of the organization in the areas of growth, new products or services and expansion of facilities?
  • What is the philosophy of the organization and what types of training programs are available?
  • Can you describe an entry-level and a mid-level job?
  • Can you describe your job?
  • What is a typical career path from entry-level to top management?

How We Can Help

For additional questions or other assistance preparing for your information interview visit our Resource Room during drop-in hours.

Practice Interviewing Online

InterviewStream simulates an interview by asking challenging questions that can be customized to fit your interests or tailored to a specific field. You can repeat each question as often as you like, as well as hear expert advice on how to answer certain types of questions.

To access InterviewStream, log into your Handshake profile and search for Interview Stream in the Resources section.

Review Resources in Handshake

Download the Center for Career Services Interview Guide in Handshake for more information on how to prepare before, during, and after the interview.

Advance Your Interviewing Skills

Your interview skills and tactics will require constant refinement and you should seek ways to advance your interviewing skills on a regular basis.

If you would like to practice interviewing you can complete an industry-specific mock interview in InterviewStream - accessible through your Handshake profile or register for the On-Campus Interviewing Program (OCI) if you’re within a year of graduation.

We partner with academic departments and programs, alumni, and student groups to host panels, speakers, and workshops that help you learn about industry trends and industry-specific skills for the job search. Our industry-focus areas include:

Log into the events section of your Handshake profile to learn more and to RSVP to any our industry-related programs and workshops.