Tip Tuesday: How to Use Your Spring Break to Plan for Summer

Spring break is the perfect time to start looking for potential summer internship opportunities. Make sure you’re using your time effectively by reviewing these tips:

What is an internship?

  • “An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.” – NACE

Still looking for a summer internship?

  • Network
    • Contact people you know that may have connections in the field that you’re interested in.
    • Expand your personal, academic, alumni, and professional networks through various professional networking resources, such as SpiderConnect, LinkedIn, family, friends, professors, advisors, classmates, teammates, and former work contacts.
  • Look Online
    • SpiderConnect is a great way to apply to opportunities directly and see which UR alumni work at companies that might interest you.
      • Have you gone through our Resume Check service? Submit your resume through SpiderConnect, or stop by drop-in hours for a peer advisor to review your resume or cover letter on Monday through Friday, from 2 – 4 p.m.
    • LinkedIn is a great way to connect with contacts and expand your network. You can also search for internship opportunities by selecting the “Jobs” icon at the top of your toolbar.
      • Check out our blog post on 3 tips to make your profile shine!
    • Idealist is a great tool to search for nonprofit opportunities, including, but not limited to, hands-on work, accounting, marketing, research, and more.
  • Target Specific Organizations
    • Start by asking yourself questions like, “Where do I want to be – big city vs. a small town?” or “What skills do I want to learn, and which ones do I already have?”
    • Have you found an organization that really interests you, but has not yet posted any upcoming internship opportunities? Send them an email and attach your resume, or give them a call. If someone at the organization is willing, they can let you know when to expect an internship application posted on their site, and they just might even flag your resume.
    • Don’t be afraid to request an informational interview. It shows interest, and can give you some insight on what the organization does and what it is all about. Go here to learn more about informational interviewing.

Interested in an unpaid internship?

  • If you find an unpaid or even low-paid internship (low-paid is less than $10 per hour), you can apply for a UR Summer Fellowship. For more info, go here.
    • Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on April 2nd.
    • You must attend an information session to be eligible for internship funding. Check SpiderConnect for specific times for the weekly orientations, called “Demystifying The Richmond Guarantee.”

Not ready for commitment?

  • Spider Shadowing allows students to explore career paths through half- or full-day job shadowing experiences without the commitment of a job or internship. All you have to do is:
    • Complete Resume Check
    • Find opportunities that interest you in SpiderConnect, click “apply,” attach your resume (and any other required documents) and click “submit.”
    • After you apply, all you have to do is wait! The shadowing hosts will contact the selected students to schedule the shadowing opportunities.
    • Check out this semester’s timeline for Summer Break Spider Shadowing here.

More questions?

  • Call the Career Services office (804) 289-8547 or drop by the office on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. or during drop-in advising hours on weekdays from 2 – 4 p.m. in Tyler Haynes Commons, Suite 306.

Written By: Colby Alvino, ’19
Photo By: mrsiraphol from freepik.com


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