7 Ways to Use Your Summer Wisely Without a Summer Internship

By Sarah Campillo Jul 18, 2016

For all the college students out there who do not have a summer internship, it’s still important to maximize your summer. But it can be hard to know what to do. Here are seven key ways you can stay productive during the summer months before heading back to school:

  1. Work during the summer – Whether it is a nanny position, as a waitress/waiter or bartender, it is still good to earn money that can be utilized towards your own place after school or paying back student loans.
  2. Continue your education – If your school offers some classes that you are not able to take during the normal school year, try to take them during the summer. It is important to continue your education as much as possible.
  3. Travel – Whether it’s a road trip through the United States or abroad, get your travel in now! It’s always beneficial to get out of your regular environment and experience other cultures.
  4. Volunteer – Find a way to give back to your community while you are living at school or working at home. It is a truly rewarding experience — both personally and professionally.
  5. Update your professional skills – Join your local young professionals group and begin networking so you are able to land an internship the following summer or a full-time job as a recent college graduate. Update your resume and social media profiles to make sure they are in tip-top shape for employers to look at during college recruiting events.
  6. Stay active – Whether it be working out at the gym, a run at the beach or joining a local community sports team, try to stay active as much as possible this summer. It will help you stay healthier and give you more energy to go back to school in the fall and do your best.
  7. Most importantly: HAVE FUN! – You have the rest of your life to experience the working world, so there’s nothing wrong with taking some time to enjoy your summer.

Have a fantastic rest of your summer! Enjoy the weather, go to the beach, bike or visit your local farmer’s market! The summer is a great time to take advantage of being outside and enjoying what your city has to offer you.

When fall rolls around and you are looking to land an internship or full-time job for the following summer, you will have more energy and positivity coming your way knowing that you took advantage of the time and prepared yourself the best you could for the coming school year!

Now that you know what to do if you don’t have a summer internship, what will you do first?


About the Author

Sarah Campillo IMG

Sarah is a graduate of St. Norbert College and has been working for Schneider since June 2008 upon her college graduation. She has held several different roles in the company within Schneider Transportation Management (STM) and most recently over the last few years as Schneider’s Corporate Campus Recruiter.

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