Ways to Further Your Professional and Career Development Without an Internship

Over the summer, especially going into your junior year, it can be a struggle to find an internship that works for you. It can seem like most opportunities are geared towards juniors going into their senior year of college. Despite what undergraduates think, it is not the end of the world to have a summer without an internship! Here are some things you can do that will help you with career development while working at camp or having a part-time job.


1. Apply to a program: At Miami, there are programs such as, Inside London, Inside New York, and more! These programs all give students professional and career exposure, and they are a great way to gain a better understanding of what you want to do in your professional life. Further, many of these are only a few weeks, so there is plenty of time to have a job.

2. Take a class: There are many opportunities to take summer courses, whether online or at a local college. Maybe there is a course you have wanted to take but it never seems to fit into your schedule, the summer is a great time to take it!

3. Master a skill: Maybe you are not an IMS major, but you want some of the basic skills! Use the summer to learn how to use photoshop! This is a great time to learn a skill because you are not overwhelmed with academics, so you can take your time and enjoy learning a new skill. This is a great way to add to your resume and make yourself more employable!