How to Close the Networking Gap

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Businesses and nonprofits aim to help students whose backgrounds put them at a disadvantage in building professional contacts.

“A lot of the time, if you don’t know people, it’s hard to get outside of just your family.”

Andrej Gjorgiev, 24, signed up for Braven as a criminal justice and psychology major at Rutgers University-Newark. He learned how to seek the kind of connections he would have had trouble making on his own as the child of a construction worker and night-shift lab technician who emigrated from Macedonia a decade ago.

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