Wondering how you are going to spend those hot summer days – I have the answer for you! When you are not sitting poolside or relaxing in the shade, check out these 5 simple activities will benefit you in the long run.
1. Contact former employers – Summer is the perfect time to send a hand written notecard to your former employer. If you’re not in favor of writing a personalized note, sending an email is an option too. Let them know that you are thinking of them and what you have been up too. If you have come across something that might interest them on the web or in print, share it with them. It will let them know that you are thinking of them and still want to keep in contact.
2. Search for fall internships – The early bird gets the worm, right? It is never too early to plan for your future. Search for local businesses around your school thatmight be interested in hiring an intern, also reach out to career services. Even though it’s summer, the staff at your university is still available to assist you. Often times, there will be leads that they can provide you with or even internship postings that are available as well.
3. Job shadow – Aren’t sure what you want to do with your future? Reach out to professionals in the fields that you are interested in and set up a time to job shadow them. It will give you a better idea if the field is right for you, but also will allow you to create professional contacts. Job shadowing can be both a great learning experience and networking opportunity.
4. Volunteer – Animal shelter, local hospital, day camp, food bank; you name it, places are always looking for volunteers. It is a great way to give back to your local community and gain experience to put on your resume. It’s a win win!
5. Start a blog – What better way to document your internship experiences than through a blog? Not only will sharing your experiences help your readers learn how to be successful, but also it will enhance your writing skills. Having an online blog also allows you to upload your resume and virtual portfolio for future employers to see.
This blog post was written by Alex Wetzel, Campus Ambassador and new summer intern for Intern Queen, Inc.