Using LinkedIn to Plan Your Career

As an intern for the Center for Professional Development (formerly Career Services when I worked there),  I discovered the power of LinkedIn in helping to brainstorm my career progression and the skills needed for the careers I desire. Here are the 3 simple steps that I followed using LinkedIn to network, discover opportunities, and plan out my career:

1. Research before you write or connect.

LinkedIn Post Advanced Search Screen

Increase the relevancy of your search by making use of the advanced search tool (pictured above). Try using specific keywords that might highlight the people who share your interests. Always look for those who are members of the Dartmouth College Alumni Group, as they specifically chose to be a member and would likely be the most receptive to your inquiries. Be sure to also reference the Dartmouth Career Network, which contains over 23,000 alumni who have each volunteered to help. Check out our suggestions on how to best contact and start a conversation with alumni here.

Need help optimizing your professional presence? Don’t forget to sign up for the LinkedIn workshops to get a better idea of how you can use LinkedIn to better tell your story. The workshops highlight the differences between LinkedIn and traditional media and will empower you to both assess and showcase your skills and interests using LinkedIn’s tools.  We’ll teach you how to best structure your profile and how you can then use it to network and have conversations with either alumni or potential employers that go beyond the basics.

2. Investigate career paths of others with your interests.

One of LinkedIn’s most powerful uses—and probably its most basic one—is to simply gauge how others have both built upon and progressed in their experiences. Using the methods of research discussed above, locate potential new connections who share your interests and check out the track of their professional career path. This information will not only allow you to detect a shared interest between yourself and this person for a potential conversation starter but will also allow you to make more informed decisions about the companies to which you will apply.

3.Spot trends in these paths.

Let LinkedIn be an additional career consultant. When looking at the trajectory of someone’s career, be sure to make note of how his or her career has grown and notice any trends within the career path of this person you chose on the basis of mutual interest. In tracking his/her career progression, notice how he/she was able to use the skills he/she developed from one position in order to progress into another position. With this information, you will get a better idea of what types of skills will enable you to move toward your desired role.

How can I tell you this? I used this exact framework when I got the chicken pox during one of my off-terms. I used LinkedIn as a resource to find and reach out to people for informational interviews.

I then sent applications for approximately 20 listings I found both on DartBoard and other websites. I had many interviews, some rejections, and ultimately selected the internship that was right for me.

Want to Work in National Security? Sign Up Now for Virtual Career Fair 2/26

Meet the Intelligence Community Online!

The United States Intelligence Community (IC), an integrated network of agencies that work together to protect our nation’s security, is seeking a culturally diverse, technologically savvy and skilled workforce for exciting careers in a number of fields.


Attend the IC Virtual Career Fair to explore career opportunities, chat with recruiters and subject matter experts, and learn how to apply for job openings.

Participating agencies include:


Learn about programs and interact with recruiters and hiring managers from the comfort of your computer or mobile device:

Tuesday, February 26, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET
Registration is now open.

To sign up, go to

Space is limited! To guarantee your entrance into this event, pre-register now.

Banner for the Intelligence Community Virtual Career Fair with Seals from the U.S. Intelligence Community


Topics Include:

  1. All Ivy Environmental Career Fair  (1-Mar-13) (Columbia University, New York, NY)
  2. Energy Rodeo – Conference (February 9, 2013) (Houston, TX)
  3. The Franklin Institute – Discovery Camp Curriculum Intern (Winter/Spring) (Philadelphia, PA)
  4. The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program – Fellowship (Apply by December 14)
  5. Roche – Intern – Medicinal Chemistry (Summer) (South San Francisco, CA)
  6. Department of Agriculture – Post-Graduate Position (Geneva, NY)
  7. Covance – Summer Intern (Indianapolis, IN)
  8. BlueGreen Alliance – Winter Internships  (Washington, DC & San Francisco, CA)
  9. Guide to Life Science Careers – Resource
  10. National Science Foundation – Summer Research Opportunities – Multiple Disciplines  (Nationwide)


All Ivy Environmental Career Fair – (Columbia University, New York, NY)
Meet with representatives from organizations hiring for internships and full-time employees. Registration is now open and free for students!

Energy Rodeo – Conference (Houston, TX)
Free one-day conference for college students (undergrads and graduates) – seeking entry into the energy industry..) Get advice from industry professionals and network with companies including Citibank, Trafigura, OTC Global, and Noble who will be actively recruiting to fill their summer and full- time analyst classes. ($30 registration fee is refunded when you attend the conference.)

The Franklin Institute – Discovery Camp Curriculum Intern (Philadelphia, PA)
Want to teach science? Interns are needed to help develop curriculum for camp and assist in the preparation of camp materials for program featuring hands-on activities and museum exploration at Philadelphia’s world-famous Franklin Institute.

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program – Fellowship
Pursuing an undergraduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines? Interested in theoretical and applied research? Receive a full scholarship, summer internship, and be gainfully employed by the Department of Defense upon degree completion.

Roche – Intern in Medicinal Chemistry (South San Francisco, CA)
The Genentech Chemistry Internship Program is an intensive 3-4 month opportunity where undergraduate chemistry students work within the fast-paced and challenging environment of our South San Francisco, CA research headquarters.  Contribute to synthetic chemistry projects, interacting with and working side-by-side with drug discovery industry experts.

Department of Agriculture – Post-Graduate Position (Geneva, NY)
Help find solutions to Agricultural problems that affect Americans every day, from field to table through supporting research at Plant Genetics Resources Unit

Covance – Summer Intern (Indianapolis, IN)
Gain professional hands-on experience and an insider’s glimpse into the FDA approval process for new drugs through an internship at one of the leading contract research organizations facilitating clinical trials and project management.

BlueGreen Alliance – Winter Internships (Washington, DC & San Francisco, CA)
BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) is an exciting, fast-paced organization that covers a wide variety of issues from climate change to green chemistry to smart grid infrastructure, bringing together an effort to advance a 21st century economy that respects workers, protects the environment and secures America’s energy future. Intern work includes research assistance and writing, legislative support, event planning, communications and working with U.S. and international nongovernmental organizations.

National Science Foundation – Summer Research Opportunities – Multiple Disciplines (Nationwide)
Directory of National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates Program. This is a listing of opportunities available for Environmental Science related programs, visit individual sites for program details and application deadlines.

Guide to Life Science Careers – Resource
Concise, easy to read online overview of career options in the life sciences — includes tips for resumes.


Check out more science opportunities at

Make an appointment by calling 603-646-2215

CAREER BLITZ: International


  2. Teach for China – POST GRAD
  3. $$ Funding for Study Abroad
  4. European Economic and Social Committee Traineeships POST-GRAD
  5. American Australian Association – INTERNSHIP
  6. Luce Scholars Program – Intern in AsiaPOST-GRAD
  7. Trade – U.S. Commercial Service INTERNSHIPS
  8. London ­ Mountbatten Institute Internship Program – POST-GRAD
  9. Washington Office on Latin America – INTERNSHIPS
  10. Trainee Analysts – Business Monitor International – POST-GRAD



SUMMER –NOV.  1          FALL – MARCH 1                SPRING (Dartmouth Winter or Spring) – JULY 1

2) Teach for China – POST GRAD:

2-year teaching fellowships in China’s most indigent rural schools. (The only program in China collaborating with Teach For All’s global network, a Teach For America affiliate).  *First Deadline:  SEPT. 23

3) $$ Funding for Study Abroad

The Boren Scholarship supports study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, enabling you to add important international and language components to your education. Boren Scholars and Fellows are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.  Deadline: FEB. 13, 2013

4) European Economic and Social Committee Traineeships (5 mos.) – POST-GRAD

Work in Belgium with a mentor in, carrying out research in a particular area, and in evaluating economic, financial and technical cooperation projects and programmes and drawing up records of meetings. *SEPT. 29     (For a Feb –July experience)

5) American Australian Association – INTERNSHIP:

The Association promotes ties across the Pacific through its corporate, education, and social and cultural programs. A 1-3 month long, unpaid (except for daily travel commutation charges) year round internship program positions for recent graduates and 3rd/4th year. Submit three letters of reference, resume and a cover letter to

6) Luce Scholars Program – (1yr.) Intern in AsiaPOST-GRAD:

Placements (individually arranged based on interest) can be made in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. (Applicant cannot  already have significant experience in Asia or majored in Asian Studies).

***CAMPUS DEADLINE:  OCT. 1      *Requires Nomination by Scholarship Office

7) Trade – U.S. Commercial Service – International Locations for INTERNSHIPS:

The U.S. Commercial Service helps American exporters navigate the international sales process.  Search by country – many have internship link on site.  If not, you can ask directly.  Offices prefer applications 6 months in advance, but no less than 3.

8) London ­ Mountbatten Institute Internship Program (1yr.) – POST-GRAD:

Combines full-time work with seminars, self-assessment, and projects leading to either the Certificate or MBA in International Business Practice.

Deadline:  OCT. 1 for March session

9)Washington Office on Latin America – INTERNSHIPS:

WOLA promotes human rights, democracy, and social justice by working with partners in Latin America and the Caribbean. Interns collaborate on a mix of research, analytical, and administrative work and are assigned to various programs—communications or one of many policy areas. Interns may help with technology, the media, finance, and event planning.

10) Trainee Analysts – Business Monitor International – POST-GRAD:

Business Monitor International (BMI), a leader in emerging markets analysis, is recruiting high-calibre graduates to join its Americas Country Risk and Industry Analysis team in the rapidly expanding New York office. Receive extensive training in all areas of country risk and industry analysis and forecasting. The company also subsidizes external courses, such as the CFA and relevant language courses.   (Search Editorial and Research-Graduate Applications)


U.S. Department of State –  Foreign Service Office Management Specialist positions. For more information (, and to start the online application process. DEADLINE:  SEPT. 26   You are strongly urged to read the entire vacancy announcement to ensure you meet all of the requirements, and fully understand the special circumstances involving a career in the Foreign Service before applying. All applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed. Please visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for answers regarding the Foreign Service Specialist selection process. The forums can be found under Engage on the website.




Meet Potential Employers on Sept. 19th & 20th!

Wednesday & Thursday from 12-4pm, join Career Services at the Top of the Hop for a chance to meet organizations offering jobs and internships! At the 2012 Employer Connections Fair there will be over 100 booths total, with all new employers each day. All students, from first years to seniors, are encouraged to attend.

Be aware – this is NOT a resume collection event, but rather an invitation for all students to come and explore different career fields, work environments, jobs & internships.

Careers in Government: Alumni Panel – Monday 8/13 @ 4:30 PM

Careers in Government: Alumni Panel

Monday, August 13

4:30-6:00 pm

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Join us to learn about the variety of paths that can lead you to a career in government! Hear valuable insights from Dartmouth alums about internships, diverse paths within the field,  and advice about getting your foot in the door



Panelists Include:

  • Stuart Reed ’08, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Sasha Rogers ’05, Office of Management & Budget
  • Nik Steinberg ’02, Human Rights Watch
  • Matt McKnight ’05, Indus Growth Partners
  • Meredith Wilson-Chang ’07, Defense Intelligence Agency

Moderated by Government Professor, Brian Greenhill

EVENT IS SPONSORED BY: Dickey Center for International Understanding, Department of Government, Rockefeller Center, & Career Services

CAREER BLITZ: Sports & Recreation


  1. Association for Women in Sports Media updated Conference information:
  2. Ivy Sports Symposium November 16, 2012 @ Columbia University.
  3. Ivy Sports Business Network:
  4. 4.     National Sports Marketing Network (NSMN) 
  5. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  6. SGMA, the trade association
  7. Dartmouth College Outdoor Programs Office,
  8. Sports Careers:
  9. Women Sports Jobs
  10. Network with the Alumni available through the Dartmouth Career Network: 


1. Association for Women in Sports Media updated Conference information: 

2. Ivy Sports Symposium November 16, 2012 @ Columbia University.  Sign up for email notifications: 

3. Ivy Sports Business Network:  Connect to the Symposium through Facebook; email or become a member of the LinkedIn Group for the Ivy Sports Collaborative. 

4. National Sports Marketing Network (NSMN) is the exclusive industry trade organization for sports business professionals in the United States

5. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) – ever wanted to work for the world of College Athletics?  Here’s a link to their Human Resources Employment Information:

6. SGMA, the trade association of leading industry sports and fitness brands, is still looking for Spring & Summer interns: 

7. Dartmouth College Outdoor Programs Office, offers student employment in a variety of settings.  See currently available listings:

8. Sports Careers: good listing of opportunities, plus some conferences.  Check it out!

9. Women Sports Jobs features Jobs of the Week! Check back often to see what’s new: 

10. Network with the Alumni available through the Dartmouth Career Network:

Field of Work:

Sports/Recreation = 61

Field of Specialty:

Adult Fitness = 4

Law:  Sports & Entertainment = 22

Sports/Recreation = 201

Sports Medicine = 12

**Want to talk about your Sports Job Search?   Call 646-2215 for an Appointment with a Career Advisor

CAREER BLITZ: Communications


  • LUBIN LAWRENCEEntry Level Consultant (Marketing) – POST-GRAD (NY)
  • NYU – Journalism Hyperlocal Newsroom Summer Academy
  • VANS – Public Relations Intern  (Cypress, CA)
  • IRON CLAW – Animation, 3D Modeler, Designer INTERN (L.A., CA)
  • Independent Publishers Group – Interns (Chicago, IL)
  • YES! Magazine – Internships (WA)
  • Taunton Press – Art Assistant Intern (CT)
  • APCO Worldwide – Junior-Level Communications & Policy Professional – POST-GRAD (DC)
  • THE FOOD NETWORK – Volunteers Needed ASAP!!


1) LUBIN LAWRENCEEntry Level Consultant (Marketing) – POST-GRAD (NY):

LLI addresses a range of branding and innovation challenges for clients in consumer packaged goods, entertainment, publishing, pharmaceuticals, financial services, and retail. See Posting in DartBoard (under Job Search Tab).  DEADLINE:  ASAP – no later than May 15 

2) NYU – Journalism Hyperlocal Newsroom Summer Academy:

Learn multimedia and reporting skills from top NYU Journalism faculty.It is an opportunity to be completely immersed in journalism, with the goal of getting your story published in the blog, The Local East Village which is a partnership with the New York Times, or, The Village Beat… It will be hands-on, working on all facets of journalism – from Twitter to audio slide-shows, video production, photography, and writing and reporting.  July 2 – August 10. For more information on the Academy, visit:

To apply, visit:

3) VANS – Public Relations Intern  (Cypress, CA)

VF Corporation is a $9 billion apparel and footwear powerhouse – Brands include Vans, The North Face, Wrangler, Nautica, Smartwool, and many other recognizable companies.  The Intern will assist the PR department with editorial coverage, product placement in film and television, developing public relations materials (news releases, media alerts, product info sheets) for both Vans products and Vans special events. The PR Intern will assist with delivery of products to celebrities, musicians and athletes.

4) CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING – Public Awareness Initiative – Summer Associate (DC):

Build awareness of the impact that public media has on the lives of everyday Americans. Support PAI in providing resources, tools and guidance to local public media stations involved in this effort and the day to day activities of the PAI.  *DEADLINE:  MAY 21 Paid


5) IRON CLAW – Animation, 3D Modeler, Designer INERN (L.A., CA)

IRON CLAW is a full-service production company focused on design and visual effects for Film, TV and Games.
Paid.  Send resume & Cover Letter to Greg Talmage, Executive Producer, at

6) Independent Publishers Group – Interns (Chicago, IL):

IPG represents titles from independent presses to the book trade.  Paid. *Send cover letter & resume to .

7) YES! Magazine – Internships (WA):

Positive Futures Network (PFN), publisher of YES! Magazine, is looking for interns. YES! Magazine reframes the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions. Online and in print, it outlines a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world. Internships are available in the editorial departments (both print and online), the education department, and in the media and outreach department.

8) Taunton Press – Art Assistant Intern (CT):

Long-term temporary assignment for a motivated intern to work a few days a week at our THREADS and SEW STYLISH magazines. The art assistant intern will report to the art director and experience the full scope of magazine/web art department work.  Candidates should be a college junior/senior with an interest in magazine publishing. Working knowledge of Adobe InDesign and various web applications, and an interest in sewing and fashion design a plus.

9) APCO Worldwide – Junior-Level Communications & Policy Professional – POST-GRAD (DC):

APCO Worldwide, a global public affairs and strategic communication consulting firm.  Work in APCO’s healthcare and health policy practices in Washington, D.C. Support a range of high profile, globally recognized organizations with strategic communication campaigns, issues management and policy analysis.  (Named the “2011 Large Agency of the Year” and one of the ‘Top Places to Work in PR’ by PRNews)

10) THE FOOD NETWORK – Volunteers Needed ASAP!!!:

The Food Network is filming an episode of Restaurant: Impossible May 4th and 5th at a local Lebanon restaurant (name and exact location TBA closer to shoot date). Putting together a volunteer crew to help with the renovations of the restaurant. Students will be working closely with Food Network’s celebrity chef Robert Irvine, HGTV’s Lynn Kegan, and Restaurant Impossible’s construction manager, Tom Bury (painting, crafting, construction, remodeling, cleaning, decorating etc. depending on skill set). Meals will be provided. Also a great way to learn about production on set. Students should be okay with being on camera and wear comfortable clothing & sneakers/boots with no logos. Shift times available:  Friday, May 4th: 1pm-8pm; Friday, May 4th: 8pm-2am; Saturday, May 5th: 10am-6pm 

Volunteers know they are not limited to one shift. Email Alexandra Capriotti Grant directly at with your preference.


**Want to talk about your COMMUNICATIONS Job Search?   Call 646-2215 for an Appointment with a Career Advisor



Green Careers Digest: February 22nd, 2012


1. All Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Fair – 2/24/12
2. Program Coordinator Intern – Climate Institute (Spring)
3. Women in Conservation Program Internship – Audubon New York – (NYC)(6-Months) – PAID
4. Environmental Leadership Program – (Summer)
5. Researcher – Marstel Day – Environmental Consulting (Full-Time)(Fredericksburg, VA)
6. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Internship – National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, CO)
7. Grassroots Environmental Job/Internship Board (Web Resource)

1. All Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Fair in NYC – STILL TIME TO REGISTER – 2/24/12
Network with employers. Learn about green jobs and internships. Learn how to make yourself a desirable candidate in a trending market. Register for the All Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Fair that will take place at Columbia University on February 24th, 2012. Each year students from Dartmouth, Columbia, Cornell, Brown, Princeton, Yale, UPenn, and Harvard convene in New York City to network with employers and learn about opportunities. For more information visit: or email

2. Program Coordinator Intern – Climate Institute (Spring)
Program Coordinator of the nascent Center for Environmental Leadership Training (CELT), the Institute’s education arm in the US position open for Spring 2012. For more information, search Job ID: 3685 in DartBoard.

3. Women in Conservation Program Internship – Audubon New York – (NYC)(6-Months) – PAID
Audubon is looking for a 6 month Program Intern. This paid position will be based at Audubon’s national headquarters in their beautiful Platinum LEED Certified “green” offices in New York City. Apply by 2/24/12; for more information, search Job ID: 4491 in DartBoard.

4. Environmental Leadership Program – (Summer) is a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to engage, empower, and nurture current and future environmental leaders by providing access to information. combines a novel combination of grassroots activism, education, and internet technology to achieve its goals.

5. Researcher – Marstel Day – Environmental Consulting (Full-Time)(Fredericksburg, VA)
Marstel-Day, LLC, an environmental consulting and planning firm, seeks one or more qualified individuals possessing a strong commitment to a conservation ethic, a strong desire to identify and support strategies for natural resource conservation, and a commitment to use green best management practices in the performance of their work. For more information, please visit: Ref ID: 2011-012

6. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Internship – National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, CO)
Working with staff in the GIS service center to create high quality data, analysis and mapping products. NREL is the nation’s primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Apply directly through site at: – Search Req #: 2388BR

7. Grassroots Environmental Job/Internship Board (Web Resource)
Looking for an internship or an entry-level job relating to field studies, conservation, food systems, agriculture, watershed projects, land stewardship or other environmental-related fields? Check out:


JOURNALISM NEEDS YOU! Friday, Feb. 3rd @ 3:30 PM

“JOURNALISM NEEDS YOU!” – A Career Conversation

FEB. 3 (Friday) – 3:30 PM

Career Services Workshop Room

Guest:  Joe Mathewson – Dartmouth Alumnus & Trustee Emeritus

Professor of journalism law and ethics, and business reporting and writing – Northwestern’s Medill  School of Journalism Business editor of the Medill News Service

Journalism opportunities are expanding, on the Web and around the world, and there’s an ever-increasing appetite for news, which calls for real reporters and writers, not just aggregators.

*****R.S.V.P. at wejoinin (

Bio: Reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York, Washington and Chicago; covered Congress, U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission, politics, business, stock market.  Reporter, political editor for WBBM-TV.  Author of The Supreme Court and the Press: The Indispensable Conflict (2011); Up Against Daley (1974), numerous op-ed pieces for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times; contributor to articles on significant Chicago lawyers and Supreme Court cases.  Practiced law in Chicago for 12 years.