After finding a professional passion through collegiate courses, many students seek internships to gain real-world experience in their field.
These internships provide students with experience beyond a classroom where they can develop their skills and create portfolio pieces for their future endeavors. They also give students an advantage in their future job search, as most companies look for experienced college graduates when hiring new employees.
However, internships don’t always fit into a student’s schedule. If you cannot complete an internship this upcoming fall semester, there are many alternative paths you can take that will provide you with similar professional development and resume building opportunities:
- Join Student Organizations- There are many clubs and organizations that students can join at Temple University! There are many clubs and organizations that are specifically based on professional development and academic endeavors. These professional organizations are great for students who want to network with others in their major and have the opportunity to network with guest speakers in their field. You can search for organizations that interest you by signing onto Owl Connect and searching the Student Organization Directory!
- Volunteer with Non Profit Groups- There are many non-profit organizations in Philadelphia, and a large portion of them are constantly seeking volunteers! Students can get involved with non-profits that either relate to their majors or require a skill set that fits with their chosen field. Students may find themselves doing work for volunteer positions that is similar to an internship, and these experiences can be added to a resume before internship experience is obtained.
- Take on a part-time job- A lot of students work in the retail or food service industries during their collegiate career. Even though these jobs may seem unrelated to your professional development, they are! There are plenty of transferable skills that you can learn (customer service, communication, leadership, and more) from these positions that will be great to mention during a future job or internship interview!
There are many ways for students to grow professionally before taking an internship, so take charge and find your next position!