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Lyon College's Career Center: Making Summer for Students More Meaningful


Now Is The Time To Think About Making Your Summer Experience Meaningful


There are only six weeks until our Spring Semester closes.


What are your plans for this summer? Do you have a summer job, an internship, or will you kick back and relax?


The Career Services Center strongly recommends you consider lining up a summer experience that will be relevant to your future career plans.


What if you have not decided on a major? No problem. There are great opportunities to volunteer or teach; both experiences carry weight and significance for every major.


Here are some potential pathways to consider for planning your time this summer.


Career Related

The most straightforward path is finding a career-related internship. Handshake and Interstride are great tools to use to find these opportunities. Be open to internships in adjacent business-relevant areas. For example – a marketing internship for a finance major still is valuable.


Public Service

Explore opportunities to volunteer for causes that are important to you. Doing public service also helps you begin to create your brand. Here are some ideas:

  • Political campaigns will need volunteers (maybe paid staff) for the 2022 election cycle.

  • Internships may still be available at the local, state, and federal levels.

  • Summer camps for youth support of all ages.

Note – many cause-related opportunities may be voluntary. While being unpaid, the experience is still valuable.


Independent Research

Explore research opportunities with labs, hospitals, think tanks, consultancies, etc. Ask your Lyon professors if they have any research needs.


Create Your Own Opportunity

Build an app, create a start-up, start a food drive, take political action. Think about what problem you want to solve, how you plan to solve it, and what you will need to get the job done.


You do not have to create a billion-dollar app to have a meaningful summer experience. Learning how to build a team, create a vision, and build a business plan matters. This experience will give you stories that you can share with future employers.


I hope that all of you will have a great summer. Please email me or stop by my office if you need help planning your summer.