Loyola University Maryland

The Career Center

Elevator Pitch

Think of your elevator pitch as your 30-second commercial. This is your opportunity to make a positive first impression. An elevator pitch should briefly introduce who you are, your strongest qualities, and your interests. 

Keep it short, but powerful - practice it! A strong elevator pitch should include: 

  • Name
  • Relevant academic information (major/program, college/university, year of graduation or class year, etc.)
  • Previous experience (internships, part-time/seasonal work, clubs, activities, on-campus jobs, etc.)
  • Skills you could bring to the job/internship
  • Strengths you possess that you would like to use in the job/internship

EXAMPLE (you should make this your own):

Hello, my name is [first and last name] and I am currently a [class year] working towards a [degree] in [major/minor] from Loyola. I have been involved on campus in [job/activities] where I [skills used/accomplishments]. I am interested in utilizing my strengths in ___________ within the ___________ industry. I would like to learn more about [position employer is recruiting for] and would welcome any suggestions on where you think my skills might be best utilized. 

Additional Tips

(provided with permission from PwC)

  1. Brief: Keep it to 30 seconds or less.
  2. Easy to understand: Avoid jargon.
  3. Compelling: Show your passion.
  4. Relevant: Make it appropriate for the event, the audience and your goals.
  5. Differentiated: Share what’s unique about you.
  6. Authentic: Communicate the essence of who you are and provide a window into your values (what’s important to you/what motivates you), your passions (what excites you) and your purpose (your goals for the future).

Watch this elevator pitch video created by PwC. 




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