Career Chats

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Princeton. Career Chats provide an opportunity to network in a low-pressure environment, and are a good match for students interested in learning about:

  • How alumni navigated their Princeton experience 
  • What working in a particular job or field is really like
  • Tips to prepare for and land internships and jobs

Alumni have 30-minute time slots available on a first-come, first-served basis. Alumni participating in Career Chats are listed below by industry.

In order to participate, you must fill out a form indicating which alumni you would like to speak with and a member of the Center for Career Development team will follow up to connect you and the alum contact so you can begin your conversation.

Arts (Visual, Performance, Fine)

Business/Consulting

Conservation, Energy and Sustainability

Education (K-12 & Higher Education)

Entrepreneurship/Start-Ups

Finance

Government

Health & Human Services

Law

Media/Marketing/Communications

Nonprofit & Social Impact

Technology & Engineering

Resources and tips

Prior to conducting an informational interview, it is beneficial to review alumni biographies and prepare questions in advance. We have created some helpful resources that will help guide your conversations with alumni. Review our resource on informational interviews prior to your Zoom or phone conversation.

In order to build a lasting connection and to show appreciation for the alum’s time, we encourage you to send a thank you email within 24 hours of your Career Chat. You can find an example in our Five-Step Networking Guide. We also hope for all students to connect with their alumnus/a within 48 hours of the connection email.

Be sure to: 

  • Follow-up with the alum in a timely manner (48 hours) after we connect you
  • Set up a time to talk over Zoom or conduct a phone call rather than exchanging emails
  • Dress in professional attire
  • Research the alum's background prior to the Career Chat
  • Ask thoughtful questions about their work, education and skills 
  • Take notes about potential leads, next steps and advice 
  • Send a thank you note after the discussion