So many networking events coming up! STEM Networking Night tonight, Nonprofit Networking Night next week… it’s a lot. Here are 30 Brilliant Networking Conversation Starters – our favorite is number 26 (because who doesn't love sushi?).

Alumni Spotlight

Caitlin Beck, M.P.H. ’05 is the CAO of the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and Women’s Health. Her past experiences include health care consulting through PwC and a senior executive role at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Learn more about Ms. Beck’s health care career journey in her Excellence in Action interview

Professional Tip

If you’re feeling nervous at a networking event, warm up by chatting with other students. When you feel more comfortable, approach an alumnus or industry representative with one of the students you met. Say something like “Hi, my name is Alyssa and this is my friend Anna. I’m a biochem major and she’s studying statistics. What did you study at UCLA?” If you’re approaching a group, simply say “May I join you all?” then wait for a lull in the conversation to introduce yourself and ask a question about someone else.  
Be conscientious about how much time you’re talking with any one person. When you’re ready to move on or you notice the person looking around the room for a new person to talk to, excuse yourself with something like “It’s been wonderful talking with you. Please excuse me.” Since you’ll likely have received a list of participants, be sure to follow up with them on LinkedIn or UCLA ONE after the event.

Upcoming Opportunities

  • Tonight! STEM Networking Night, 7-9 p.m. in the Bruin Reception Room (Ackerman).
  • Jan. 25: Summer & Gap Year Opportunities for Pre-Med/Pre-Health Students, 4:30-7 p.m., Career Center Room 200.
  • Jan. 26: DACA workshop, noon - 2 p.m. RSVP here.
  • Jan. 30: Tech Talks – Risks and Rewards in Start Ups. 6:30-9 p.m., DeNeve Plaza Rooms A/B.
  • Feb. 1: Nonprofit Networking Night. Register here.
  • Feb. 4: Early application deadline for Startup UCLA’s Summer Accelerator. More info here
  • Feb. 7: Inside Engineering: Auto Industry/Racing, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Career Center Room 200.
  • Feb. 12: Interested in a career in public service? Apply for the Capital Fellows Program! For more information and to apply, visit
Jobs and Internships
  • Work-study or SRP student assistants needed to help preserve historical television newscasts. Extremely flexible hours. No experience necessary, but reliability and attention to detail are essential. If interested, contact Prof. Tim Groeling at
  • UCLA New Student & Transition Programs is Hiring
  • The Congressional Budget Office is hiring for its summer internship
  • Applications are open for the Gallo Wines internship (sophomores/juniors) and Sales Leadership Development Program (seniors) – Apply via BruinView.
  • Interested in entrepreneurship and start ups? Apply to be a part of the 2018 Fellow Class at Venture for America.
  • Hamilton Families is hiring a Housing Stability Specialist and more. Visit Hamilton Familes for more information. 
  • Apply to Startup UCLA's 2018 Summer Accelerator, a 10 week program for entrepreneurs! Find out more at Startup UCLA.
  • Edlio is seeking a Part-time Marketing Assistant! Click here for details.
  • Hundreds of jobs and internships are available through the Career Center via BruinView. Jobs and internships are also posted on UCLA ONE.
Questions? Text us via our Virtual Drop-In GroupMe or stop by our in-person office hours on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in 2315 Rolfe Hall.
Don't forget! The first 50 people who participate in our Drop-In GroupMe will be entered in an opportunity drawing for some really cool UCLA swag. 

Go Bruins!

Anna, Alyssa and the Partnership UCLA / Alumni Career Programs team

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