So you’ve sent out all your applications, and maybe you’ve even done a phone interview or two. Still, you’re just not getting those internship or job offers you were looking for. With summer approaching quicker than an oncoming train, here are some options that will keep you out of your parents’ basement:
1. Focus on your studies. If you don’t land a summer internship, then it’s important to stay proactive. For example, you could take a summer class or two in order get ahead on your college credits. That way you could potentially graduate early and get into the job market that much quicker, thereby beating your peers to the punch.
2. Travel. When in doubt, go see a new part of the world. Well, it doesn’t have to be that drastic or that far away, but make a point to take in some new places while you’re still young.
3. Work for free. The point of an internship is to get experience, and to build your resume. If you don’t end up with a swanky internship, then you can still get some much-needed experience by offering your skills and services for free. For instance: research some local non-profits (they’re typically always in need of help here and there) and say you’re willing to do some work for free, whether that be writing, designing, stuffing envelopes, whatever gets you in the door. Plus, by putting yourself out there, you’ll show initiative, which means a great recommendation may come your way in the future.
4. Keep learning. Just because summer might imply vacation, that doesn’t mean you can’t keep learning. Challenge yourself by making a summer reading list, by going to cultural events such as theatre productions, or whatever you think suits your interests best.
5. Try and try again. While you might not have scored the dream internship this time, you should still do your best to keep the dream alive. You owe it to yourself, so apply again the next chance you get. In the meantime, explore volunteer opportunities or work experiences that will bolster your resume.