You’ve gone to your campus career center and read tons of articles on writing cover letters. You sent your résumé to dozens of employers, but for whatever reason, you haven’t snagged that summer internship.
There are still other ways to spend your summer that will look great to employers and graduate schools in the future.
1. Do research at your school.
If you attend a research university, there are often professors at your campus looking for research or lab assistants in the summer.
Ask your current professors and past professors with whom you’ve maintained a good relationship if they’re looking for any help this summer. You can also ask TA’s if they know of anyone in your department searching for an undergraduate assistant.
2. Get ahead in your major.
If you are in a popular major and aren’t a senior, you’ve probably been unable to register for at least one class you’ve wanted to take during the school year.
Summer courses are typically easier to enroll in since many students aren’t going to be on campus, so summer is a great time to catch up on general education requirements or to get ahead in your major.
Plus, being on campus during the summer isn’t so bad — if you have a quad, the trees and grass will look better than ever, and campus restaurants and libraries will be less crowded.
And you won’t have as many extracurricular activities available to distract you, so summer courses are also a great way to improve your GPA!
3. Volunteer in your community.
Whether you stay on campus or go back to your parents’ house, it’s never a bad idea to do volunteer work.
Even if you’re not involved with service during the school year, working with widely-recognized volunteer groups like Habitat for Humanity will look great on your résumé and show future employers that you’re not only interested in furthering your own career goals.
If there aren’t any existing groups where you live that you’re interested in volunteering with, hosting an event yourself is a great leadership activity that will show initiative to future employers.
Host a senior prom at your local nursing home or a food drive for a family in your community that’s struggling — others will notice your generosity!
4. Take advantage of leadership options on campus.
While summer internships are notoriously more selective than internships during the fall and spring semesters, the same isn’t true for campus positions.
You’ll have a better chance at holding an office or executive position in organizations that still meet during the summer, such as your campus newspaper.
If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at copy editing or writing for the editorial board, for example, you’re more likely to be accepted during the summer, so give it a shot!
On that note, summer is also a great time to explore organizations you weren’t a member of during the school year. If you always wanted to go to a debate meeting or visit the homeless shelter but couldn’t make it last year, summer is a great time to try new things since you’ll be less busy.
5. Get a good old-fashioned job.
Employers down the road aren’t going to look down on you for wanting to earn some extra cash, so if you couldn’t nab that internship you can at least save some money to get your career started post-graduation.
There are plenty of ways to be productive without a summer internship, and many employers are still accepting applications, so keep applying and don’t be discouraged!
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