stockvault-office-space98419Summer is the perfect time to relax, rejuvenate, and get a tan, that is until you realize that most of your peers have taken an extra step in an effort to boost their career. Suddenly you find yourself internship-less and frantic on a summer afternoon, so what do you do?

Volunteer! 

Volunteering is a great way to not only help your community, but also get a leg up on your competition. Summer internships are often competitive and can be an extensive time commitment. If you’ve missed out on an internship or just aren’t ready to take that next step, volunteering may be for you.

As a volunteer, you’ll get to learn the ins and outs of a business and see it from a different perspective than the average employee. Whether you volunteer for a large company, nonprofit, or local organization, you’ll not only add to your resume, but you’ll learn what a career would be like in that setting. Maybe you’re considering a marketing major, try volunteering your marketing services for a cause you support. You may discover you love nonprofit work or maybe that you work better in a group setting.

Volunteering is a great first step to take before committing to an internship or part-time job. While it’s always great to get paid for your work, volunteering can come with other benefits; the ability to make your own schedule, more flex time, and the ability to take time off.

Summer is a great time to volunteer because you likely have more free time. If you’re not taking summer classes, see where you can put your services to use. The experience will be invaluable.