No internship this summer? 5 things you can be doing…

If you are finding yourself at home this summer without an internship there are still things you can do to boost your marketability to employers. Devote some of your time over the break to learning and getting involved in meaningful activities that demonstrate your value as a potential employee.

  1. Volunteer. Seek out volunteer opportunities in your town. Visit the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits to find local organizations that need your help. Volunteering in your community isn’t just about doing good; use this experience to improve your skills, expand your network, and potentially find a paid position.
  2. Keep learning. Just because you aren’t on campus doesn’t mean you have to stop learning about your field. Keep an eye out for continuing education courses offered through your town or community college. Having the chance to interact with professionals already in your field of interest can give you valuable insight and can connect you with people in the know.
  3. Get a part time job. Regardless of your major or your ultimate career aspirations there are skills to be learned and developed in every job. Since teamwork, communication skills and problem-solving skills are of top value to employers, you can demonstrate your proficiency by holding employment and marketing these skills in your résumé.
  4. Start your own thing. While not for everyone, the summer could be a great time to start something. Tap into your entrepreneurial spirit and start a website or blog. By developing a professional online presence you will be promoting and controlling your personal brand and will have plenty to talk about come interview time.
  5. Write. Set some time aside to evaluate your own values, goals, and aspirations. It can be easy to lose sight of these things during the academic year. In addition to having an honest look at yourself, practice the skill of written communication. It’s more important than you might think!
By Eran Peterson
Eran Peterson Assistant Director, Career Coaching and Counseling Eran Peterson