With a new year of college about to start, what is your mind on? Probably decorating your room, buying your books, Facebook messaging your new roommates and getting as much time with your friends from home as you can. These are the same things my mind is on too, but what should our minds be on? I know you’re going to think I’m crazy, but we should be thinking about what we’re going to be doing next summer.
It seems so far away, but there are so few jobs and internships out there as it is that if we wait until we get home to look there will be nothing left. In a perfect world we would all have that paid internship in our dream job for the summer. I think we all know though that those paid internships are quickly disappearing.
For those lucky college students who happen to live in Los Angeles or New York City it still might be possible to find one, but those of us who don’t live in a major city the search can seem hopeless. There is a way to get around this though and boost up that resume no matter where in the country you are and all it takes is doing what we already do best: use a computer.
This summer I knew I had to make money, but after giving up the search for that paid internship I settled for a regular job in my hometown. Sound like a waste of a summer? Not at all. With the help of trusty Google, I was able to in a few hours find multiple options for virtual internships I could do from my home computer.
There are tons of companies out there looking for a bit of extra help from college students looking to learn something too. It might not be paid, but showing that you tried to do something in your intended field, and that you can handle 2 jobs at once, is going to make a resume stand out down the road.
Any virtual internship is going to be really beneficial, but mine has been even better than I could imagine because I am interning with a Professor who walks me through things and is teaching me, while also letting me explore a bit on my own. Whoever you intern with though, it will make you look great and show you are one step ahead of the crowd.
Check out the virtual internships with Braathe Enterprises, where I’ve had the opportunity to work this summer.