What To Do This Summer If You Don’t Have an Internship

Summer’s finally here, which means warm weather, no tests, no stress, and tons of free time, maybe too much free time. Maybe all your friends have interesting internships and you didn’t even apply for one. Or maybe you applied for your dream internship, but didn’t get it. Whatever the case may be, there are still many things you can do to enhance your resume, gain experience, and enjoy your summer.

  1. Volunteer
    Service is one of the best ways to not only build your resume, but make a tangible difference in the community around you. Many places around town are looking for volunteers to fill the vacancies left by students leaving for the summer. Find an organization that interests you or works in an area you are passionate about. There are tons of organizations that work in multiple different facets of society, whether you are interested in working with children, animals, health, nature, elderly people, and much more. Volunteering in an area related to your major is a great way to gain experience in your field, but also to see your career through another lens.
  1. Get a Part Time Job
    Who couldn’t use a little extra cash? During the summer, businesses are always looking for temporary replacements to fill the vacancies left by employees who left for the summer. Summer is the prime time to get a part time job in a competitive department. This is a great way to get a part time job related to your major, and it could potentially lead to a position during the school year as well.
  1. Take Classes
    Numerous classes are offered during the summer, and it’s a good time to get rid of some of those pesky classes that are needed for graduation. You can finish a tedious class in only a few weeks instead of an entire semester. Professors are often more relaxed during the summer and there are fewer students meaning it’s easier to get to know your professor and make valuable connections.
  1. Go Abroad
    Once you leave college and enter the workforce your flexibility in your schedule diminishes greatly. What better time than college to explore the world, make unforgettable memories, and learn about other cultures. You have three glorious months of freedom, why not travel? You may learn more about yourself, your dreams, and your values along the way.
  1. Enjoy Your Summer!
    Bask in the stress-free nothingness of summer. Before you know it, the real world will hit you like a ton of bricks and this might be one of your last opportunities to enjoy this much free time. Make this summer a summer to remember, take a road trip, hang out at the pool, try new things, and make the most of your summer. Living in a college town means that all your favorite spots are completely crowded all year, but in the summer you can enjoy far shorter lines and lots of open tables at your favorite coffee shop or restaurant.