I'm going as well. Moving in to the Art Museum area Aug. 1st. I'm pretty stoked. Where are ya'll living?
Mr. ______ do you have any tips about networking during the first year? Who to meet and good ways to meet them? What you can do through the career placement offices?
Well, I'm no longer nameless, at least.
It's important, and it's how I got my summer gig (which has now been extended PT through this coming year). I think the best way to begin networking is to be affable with your fellow students and your professors. A fellow student got me in touch with the chief of a unit at the Philly Defender, which is where I'm at for the summer, for example.
More importnta than anything else is realizing that you NEVER no where the opportnity will arise and through whom. Introducing yourself to to profs and students is a good way to start. If your looking for a summer associate gig at a big firm, Temple has some wine and cheese opportunities throughout the year, which are cool--if that's your bag.
Also, Louis Thompson (Dean, Career Planning) and Maureen Olives (Director of Pub Interest?) are EXCELLENT resources. Plan to meet with Louis in December or Jan re: your summer job search for resume, cover letter, and networking advice. Stay in touch with Maureen throughout the year by attending the MANY events she holds and introducing yourself. If you want a summer PI gig (which is the best most 1Ls will do), Maureen's your girl.
Temple also has a snazzy automated system for interview bidding for fall OCI and 1L summer opportunities, but the vast majority of students get their gigs from networking and targeted mail. The strength of Temple's career planning services is its staff.