What to do if you don’t have a summer internship

So you have started your summer internship? Congratulations! But you should probably stop reading this and get back to work.

For those of you that don’t have an internship this summer, it’s not the end of the world – there are plenty of other things you can do to fill the hole in your resume, such as the suggestions below in blog posts found here, here and here:


1. Get a summer job. Even if it’s just waiting tables or stacking shelves, the summer job is valuable experience which employers will look favorably on – you’ll pick up some great transferable skills. Also, a positive reference from your summer job manager would be a great help in landing your dream internship.

2. Volunteer work. Volunteer organizations are generally tied to big businesses, so they are a great way to network – you never know who’s watching.

3. Summer classes/learn a skill. Getting class credit over the summer will free up your Fall schedule, when competition for internships is generally less fierce. Also, it can be a great time to learn new skills, such as learning how to use new IT software or brushing up on your foreign language skills.

The Center for Career Services can also still help you over the summer – we’re still open and our career coaches are available! Check out our web page for more details.

Enjoy your summer!

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