85% of jobs are filled via networking. However, students struggle with unequal access to these networks.

(Linkedin, 2016)

Research shows that relationships formed from networking can drive students' beliefs, aspirations, and motivation.

(Search Institute, 2020)

Gen Z graduates trust employee referrals more than any other source to inform their job search.

(Yello, 2019)

building strong, new networks

One-to-One is a networking program to connect college students from underserved backgrounds with professionals in our industry. We aim to power a platform for students to build networking skills, develop their confidence in networking, and directly benefit from interactions with professionals that will improve students’ lifelong outcomes.

How It Works

We provide college students with access to industry professionals for one-on-one conversations around networking and career exploration.


Volunteers fill out a profile to share their background and career.


Students can access volunteers’ profiles and initiate outreach. Volunteers work with students to schedule a date and time for their conversation.


Student and volunteer meet virtually to network!



I am motivated by the idea that just by taking the time to share my personal experience, I can dramatically shape a student’s career path.

Manoussa Fanny

Immunology Scientist, Xilio Therapeutics

Are you an industry professional who wants to get involved? Submit an inquiry form to get started.

College and nonprofit organizations, check out our FAQs at the bottom to learn more.

we are uniquely positioned for this work

We have a vibrant and diverse volunteer base of industry professionals representing hundreds of companies. Our volunteers are eager to make a difference in the lives of students and their communities.

Our industry is a regional, national, and global economic power. Not only has the life sciences sector responded to the pandemic with leadership and innovation, our forward momentum continues to grow. 
We represent an interdisciplinary sector with numerous STEM and non-STEM entry points for future careers. Our volunteers and their career paths reflect the diverse and exciting overlap of academic subjects and interests.


What students does this program primarily serve?

One-to-One serves college students enrolled at a college/university in Massachussets. We work with nonprofit partners and higher education institutions to recruit students who come from low -income backgrounds, who may be first in their family to attend college, or identify as a student of color. 

What is the time commitment for volunteers?

We do ask that volunteers work with students to schedule their one-time call after the student reaches out. There is no end-date to the program. Volunteers remain in our One-to-One database for future students to contact. 

What can volunteers expect in terms of sign-up?

After you let us know you are interested via this interest form, our team will follow up with a link to fill out your profile. This profile will be viewable to students in the One-to-One program.

Are volunteers guaranteed a conversation with a student?

No. The aim of the program is to create a network that students can access for on-demand networking. Students can reach out to volunteers based on their profile. Unlike a traditional mentorship in which a voluteer may be assigned a student for reoccuring conversations, One-to-One aims to give students the opportunity for a first call.

What can students expect in terms of sign-up?

Students should review information here and fill out an application.

Can these conversations develop into mentorship or follow-on opportunities?

Yes. If the student and volunteer have a positive experience, we encourage them to stay in touch on follow-on opportunities. For example, they may continue to meet informally as their schedule allows or make introductions to a peer for additional conversations.

I represent a college/nonprofit. How do I get my students access to this program?

Please reach out to Anna at [email protected] to discuss.

I am a college student in Massachusetts. How do I know if my school participates in this program?

Please reach out to Anna at [email protected] to discuss.

Volunteer Sign-Ups Open

Questions? Contact [email protected]