Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Summer Stress (And How to Kick Its Butt)

by Sherry Cao, CAPS Marketing Assistant

It’s that time of the year again in Chicago: the snow that was once a novelty has become a relentlessly depressing visual fixture, midterms have been generously sprinkled into all of our schedules, and spring seems to be eons away. But it’s not! And neither is summer.

That’s why I’m blogging today about summer opportunities, the mere thought of which may be stressing you out right now (don't worry, I still have no idea what I'm going to do either). But that doesn't mean that you should become a ball of misery. Instead...

  1. Come to the Summer Opportunities Info Session Thursday February 10! The Facebook invitation informs that the purpose of this program is to “Learn how to find and apply for internships, jobs, volunteer work, research experiences and College-sponsored programs at this presentation for undergraduate students”...and the 195 people who have RSVP'd as "attending" tells us that there are at least 195 people in the same boat. The good news is, there are still plenty of internships and other opportunities out there, so come to CAPS tomorrow and learn about them! And if you somehow miss this one (which you shouldn’t), come to the “Available Metcalf Opportunities Info Session” on Thursday, March 3rd from 5-6:30 pm and /or “Finding a Summer Opportunity over Spring Break” on Monday, March 7th from 4-5:30 pm.

  2. I have also been advised by my college adviser and CAPS career counselor to look for internships and jobs for the summer in a wide variety of places. My adviser recommended Idealist, a website that's great if you’re interested in non-profit organizations and humanitarian efforts. My career counselor recommended that I actually call local organizations and businesses in my hometown (or in Chicago, if you want to be here for the summer) and just ask if they have any positions/internships available for college students.

  3. Finally, another option is to get a job over the summer so you can make some bank/stay busy while also volunteering on the side. There are always worthy organizations that need your help—and this is a chance for you to explore future career opportunities and feel good about it too! Both the job and the volunteering will contribute strongly to your résumé, and you won’t have to go through long internship applications.

If you have questions about summer opportunities or need help starting/restarting your search, the folks at CAPS are always willing to help, so don't be shy--come see us! Have a happy College Break Day!

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