Hilary J. is a Campus Ambassador at Columbia College Chicago. She is a first semester senior studying public relations and is currently the special events intern at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois. Follow her on Twitter @HilaryJurinak
Use these tips and take some time this summer to continue to build your network before the new school year. You’ll start the fall semester with a boost of confidence knowing you’re ahead of the game!
1. Volunteer: Whether it’s a 5k, weekly visit to your local hospital, or even a kid’s event down the street- give some of your time to help others. When volunteering, you usually will report to the organization’s special events manager or the volunteer coordinator, therefore already building relationships and gaining additional contacts to your network.
2. Attend an Associate Board Event: Many charities and their associate boards throw fundraisers during the summer. These events are usually around $30-$50 to attend and are filled with young professionals. This is a huge opportunity to network while having some fun! If the admission prices are too steep while you’re at your unpaid internship, this also might be a good event for you to try to volunteer at!
3. Join a Summer League: Many cities have softball, baseball, kickball, volleyball, and many other types of leagues available for you to join. Sign up with a few of your friends and get to networking. Just because you’re not in a professional setting, doesn’t mean that you cant be building your network!