Robynne Lindsey Humanities and Social Science
An Exploration of the Perceptions and Utilization of Networks in Washington D.C.
Washington, D.C. is arguably the nation’s largest hotspot for young adults seeking professional careers. College students who aspire to these positions are typically advised to develop their professional networks. My research question asks how young college-affiliated adults ages 18-25 perceive networking relationships, how they develop and maintain networking ties, and how effective those networks truly are in their career trajectory. First, I will investigate how college students interning in the city view and participate in social and/or digital networking. Next, I will interview Cal in the Capital Alumni in D.C. who have become successful through networking and identify how they advanced in their career. Lastly, I will study three professional societies to see how other networking venues worked for those individuals. My goal for this project is to provide young professionals information on how networking ties truly advance career opportunities and to begin collecting data to contribute to my senior thesis.