When we recruit for our national volunteer and internship openings, many of our best applicants found us after a professor forwarded them an email or job posting. Once you have your assigned state, here’s the best approach.
- Find a list of every college in your assigned state. Most likely the “College Groups, Professors & Departments” tab for your state only lists a fraction of the colleges. Your job is to make sure we have every possible good contact for each college.
- Visit each college website. Search the site for professors in relevant departments. Add them to the “College Groups, Professors & Departments” tab. Make sure all spelling and information is correct.
- Don’t email: Just add their info and someone else will handle the emailing.
Professors/College Contact Categories
– Political: Political Science, Policy, International Affairs, Social Work and related majors/departments
– Writer: English, Journalism and any writing focused major/department.
– PR: Public Relations, Communications, Marketing and any similar major/department.
– Misc.: Primarily target the above mentioned majors/departments, but any others you think should be added can be categorized at “Misc.”
– Do Not Email: If someone responds to an email negatively or not wanting to be contacted, add them to the “do not email” category.
Speed: Some of the fastest HR interns can find and add contact info for over 150 people per hour. Naturally, you’ll be slower when you’re first starting out but anything over 100 per hour is on track.
* Note: Most states aren’t finished yet. Even if your assigned state has a lot of contacts, be sure to go college-by-college and make sure the person before you did a strong job of researching. We need every college covered (except community colleges). Focus on relevant departments (i.e. don’t add professors who teach art classes).