Top 10 Networking Tips for Students

Check out this list of the Top 10 Networking Tips for Students, by students!

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1. Start now. Developing your network is a skill that takes time to develop, and with practice it can be something that guides your future. Attend as many conferences as you can.

2. Learn how to properly shake hands. A firm handshake while looking at the recipient can make a strong impression.

3. Make eye contact. It’s an easy way to show the person you are talking to that you are listening and this will help you stand out.

4. Get involved with your student organizations. They are what you make of it, and can be another way to stand out and provide value to the industry you meet. It can also help you meet more students with similar goals or interests.

5. Be genuine. When you meet people it’s easy to develop relationships with them if they know you are genuine. It helps build trust and rapport.

6. Provide value to those you speak to. An easy way for me to do this was through student organizations. As I stated earlier, industry wants to get involved with student groups. Take advantage of it. Invite them to come speak, or see if your group can tour their facility.

7. Try not ask about jobs or internships. Build rapport with whom you speak to. If you are doing a good job, they will bring up jobs or internships without you having to ask.

8. Speak to people at conferences and learn what they have to say. Everyone knows something that you don’t. Have a goal when going to conferences to learn more about your field of study and your career. Ask thought provoking questions, often times it will help you to stand out and make more contacts.

9. Be professional and make sure you are presentable. Companies are always scouting new hires.

10. Follow up with everyone you meet. Add them on LinkedIn. Another great way to follow up is by sending them an email about getting involved in your respective student organization.

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Ryan Barsa
Petroleum Engineering
Hometown: Mendham, NJ
President, AADE at LSU

Opting In for the Engineering Co-Op

Shane Harrington at an LSU football game.

Shane Harrington

My name is Shane Harrington and I am a junior chemical engineering student. I recently chose to accept a co-op with MAVERICK Technologies for the spring semester. I know that taking a co-op is always a tough decision for many engineering students. Leaving school to work in a whole new town while you watch your friends continue on through their academics is not an easy decision to make. The reason I accepted the co-op is because I felt that experience means a lot to employers, and to obtain a job in the industry upon graduation you need a great resume that sets you apart. What better way to gain practical experience than working with industry professionals for six months?

After the first three weeks working for MAVERICK in Pensacola, Fl I knew that my decision was the right one. I have learned more in three weeks than I could have ever imagined possible. I wish I was a sponge so that I could just absorb all the knowledge thrown my way. Working with a team of experienced engineers to solve real world problems has been extremely rewarding. Also taking what I have learned in my courses and applying that to real situations is a crazy feeling on its own.

I obtained this co-op by attending the career fair at LSU. I talked to several recruiters and then went through the interview process. If I had one piece of advice to give to a fellow student it would be to utilize the resources that LSU gives you and take advantage the great opportunities that are thrown you way. In the grand scheme of things, one extra year of college is nothing if it means a successful life and career after you graduate.

Geaux Tigers!

 By Shane Harrington
Chemical Engineering


The College of Engineering is proud to partner with the LSU Olinde Career Center to provide job opportunities for our students. We encourage all of our Engineering students to check out the resources that the LSU Olinde Career Center provides, including their upcoming career expos!

College of Engineering Networking Reception
February 11, 2015
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Student Union Ballroom
This Pre-Expo Networking Reception allows employers participating in the Expo to visit with Engineering students in a more intimate setting than the Expo provides.

All Majors Career Expo
February 12, 2015
10:30am to 3:30pm
Location: PMAC
This event will be a one-day all majors career expo. The Engineering Expo will take place on the PMAC arena floor.

Summer Internships: Expect the Unexpected

My first work experience was an adventure I will never forget. My internship was at Pioneer Natural Resources, a national oil company based out of Irving, Texas. I was a Production Engineering intern for their South Texas Asset Team, focusing on the Eagle Ford. I remember getting a call in the spring describing to me what I would be doing for the summer. The basic foundation of the internship was set up like most. I was given a mentor, assigned a project, and expected to present it by the end of the summer, but I had no idea what was in store for me when I got there.

Mackenzie at water production plant

Mackenzie (left) and fellow intern at a water production plant in Trinidad, Colorado.

The recruiters had informed me about a week-long intern trip that I would be taking about two weeks into work. They said that we would fly into Denver, Colorado first. We’d travel by bus to Trinidad, Colorado to visit a water production plant as well as study important geologic features affecting the Raton Basin, from which Pioneer produced. Next, we would continue the trip throughout Texas. We’d visit Fain to see the company’s gas production plant, Midland to study pumping units as well as the process that went into producing them, and finish in San Antonio to see a drilling rig.

I remember the day we boarded the bus, 40 interns, complete strangers, wondering what in the world we had gotten ourselves into. The head recruiter got on the intercom system and said these words exactly, “This trip is more than educational. You will make life long friends this summer and it all starts with this trip.” Of course, no one believed him, but boy, were we wrong. My summer working not only quadrupled my knowledge about the oil industry, but gave me something I never expected to gain, best friends.

Mackenzie at a sand mine in Brady, Texas where Pioneer mines their own sand to use as a proppant.

Mackenzie at a sand mine in Brady, Texas where Pioneer mines their own sand to use as a proppant.

I would say that was the biggest surprise about my internship. I had always been told by upper classman that internships were where I would learn the most. Career Services always stressed the importance of an internship and how my career depended on it, but never informed me about how fun the experience itself would actually be.

I left my internship with a flurry of emotions. I felt powerful because of my increased understanding of the industry and of what had been taught to me in school thus far. I left excited about my chosen major, knowing I loved the day-to-day job and the people in the industry too. I left recharged and ready to learn, knowing how important the things I’m learning in class are to my future, and mostly, so eager about working hard to get another internship.

This summer, I have my second internship with Chevron and I cannot wait to see what it has in store for me.

Mackenzie Caldwell
Petroleum Engineering
Junior