Summer Plans?

I say this every April, but again I can’t believe that there is less than 3 weeks left of classes and before we know it Spring 2015 will be a semester of the past. While some of you have been thinking for a while now how you will spend your summer, to many of you, summer planning may have just dawned on you.

If you are fortunate enough to have secured an internship for summer, congratulations, but your work is not yet done. You want to be sure you are prepared to make the most of your summer internship. Simply showing up without advanced preparation can make for a less than desirable experience, no matter what the industry. So, prior to starting any internship experience, take a look at the presentation below on “10 Rules to Building Your Professional Image at Your Internship.”

For those of you who feel a bit of disappointment that your summer is not fully planned out, don’t fret. Keep an open mind about how you might be able to gain some new skills and take on new experiences. First, consider taking a class. This could be a UConn class during an intersession or it could be enrolling in a program to learn a new software program or artistic skill. If you choose to take classes, this could reduce your course load for the next academic year allowing you to continue to pursue that dream internship for during the school year. And while I’m on that note, remember deadlines come quick. Believe it or not, you can start to look for a fall internship now and during those summer months!

So if classes and trainings aren’t your cup of tea, how about volunteering, job shadowing, or part-time work? While the first two experiences may not take up 40 hours per week, consider your objectives for the summer. Perhaps you are considering teaching art at a private school for a career. If this is the case, how about contacting a few art teachers to set up informational interviews, volunteer at an art museum, and work for 6 weeks at a summer camp where you can put a new spin on art activities. Alone these experiences might seem unsubstantial, but together, they can provide great variety in your summer and allow you to gain some great experience and insight.

Stay positive, remember that summer is what you make of it, but it does go by fast so be sure to plan ahead in order to have a relaxing yet productive break! And, the CCD is always here to help you and we are open all summer too!

By Jennifer Grunwald
Jennifer Grunwald Career Consultant, School of Fine Arts Profile Picture