How to spend your summer NOT interning!

Worried that your summer will be wasted if you don’t have an internship? Don’t fret, there are plenty of ways to gain experience and build your skills – check out this post to learn tips and tricks!

  1. Develop some new skills! Thinking that now would be a great time to advance your Excel knowledge? Wondering what a Google Analytics Certification can do for you? Have you ever had an interest in learning basic coding skills? Check out BUx (free online courses offered by Boston University) or Lynda* (learn a new skill online that is free using your BU email as your login).
  2. Volunteer! Even if there aren’t postings available, nonprofits often need lots of help! You can send a letter of interest offering to help with their social media or reviewing financial statements. Check out or for organizations.
  3. Build your network through informational interview or job shadows! Summer is the perfect time for networking, as offices tend to be slower and people have more time to talk. Reach out through your personal network (friend’s parents, family members, etc.) or through resources liked LinkedIn. Learn about different industries, and build powerful professional relationships that can help moving forward.
  4. Develop your target company list! Having a list of target companies you’d love to intern or work for can help you stay focused and organized during your search moving forward. Identify your dream companies using Vault (access via Handshake) and Linkedin, then start looking at postings so you can tailor your skills to their qualifications and prepare for on-campus recruiting.
  5. Update your resume and LinkedIn! Summer is a great time to reflect on your growth and accomplishments from the previous year. If you spend some time updating your resume over the summer you’ll be ready for fall recruitment. Not sure where to start? Check out the UDC resources, or schedule an appointment with a career advisor – we’re here all summer!
By Rachel Dreilinger