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Gain Experience During the Summer


Finding a summer job may be tough in the current economy, so why not think out-of-the-box about how you can gain some work experience, learn some new skills, and identify a possible career path? Internships and volunteering are great ways to gain experience that will help you market yourself in your college admissions process.

An internship is a short-term work-related learning experience that will help you develop hands-on work experience in a certain occupational field. This is an excellent way to not only gain practical work experience, but to determine if an industry and profession is something you might like to pursue. Internships are not usually paid, and may be part-time or full-time.

Another opportunity for the summer may be volunteering. A little less structured than an internship, volunteering is working for a particular cause without payment for your time and service. This might be helping out at your animal rescue shelter, preparing food at a food pantry or soup kitchen, or reading to the elderly at a nursing home. Volunteering illustrates your involvement in your community and also offers you a great way of seeing different careers and environments. Whether you are interested in computer programming, graphic design, counseling or animal services, you can find a volunteer opportunity available for you at http://www.volunteernh.org/html/home.htm/.

Another great benefit of both internships and volunteering is networking. The opportunity to meet with various people is a wonderful way to build your network of people who may assist you as you not only apply for college, but look for employment opportunities down the road. When looking for an internship or volunteer opportunity, it is important to use all of your resources. Ask school counselors, teachers, family members, coaches and friends if they know of anything available. Whatever your goal, maximize your summer vacation time and make it work for you!