5 Things You Can Do If You Didn't Score An Internship This Summer

5 Things You Can Do If You Didn't Score An Internship This Summer

Internships are not the only way to develop yourself professionally.

As college students, many of us are constantly bombarded with how important it is to get an internship. Summer internships are a great opportunity to gain experience in your field and to make connections, but it is not always easy to find one.

Depending on your geographical location, the timeframe you are available, or any other conflicting factor, it is possible that there are no internships that are a good fit for this summer. If this is you, don’t freak out! Before you start blabbering about how this is going to ruin your whole career path and you will never be successful after this, you need to know this it is not the end of the world to not get an internship. There are plenty of other things you can do this summer to continue professional development outside of an internship.

1. Informational interviews

Informational interviews are a huge untapped resource by many aspiring professionals. An informational interview is basically meeting with someone who works at a company you would like to work at or in a field that you hope to break into someday and asking them about their experience. This may sound intimidating, but I can’t tell you how many times I have heard professionals say, “I will meet for coffee with anyone.” People want to help young people develop their own career path. They have all been in your shoes and understand how valuable their insight can be.

Not only does this give you valuable insight into what it could be like to work in that field someday, it also gives you an opportunity to network and connect with that person. Making a positive impression on people already in your field could help them keep you in mind if a position opens up in their company or somewhere they know. This does not mean you are looking for them to give you a job, but they put job openings on your radar that you would not have known about had they not told you.

2. Job shadow

This has many the same benefits as informational interviews, but you have an extended amount of time with these people and you get to see them in their place of work and see first-hand work that you could potentially be doing. Knowing everything they do and work with on a daily basis can help you hone your skills to help you succeed in a similar position.

This gives you a chance to see other people they interact with the company, and potentially connect with them as well. It is not about the grades you make, but the hands you shake and it can never hurt to connect with more people and you could potentially set up other informational interviews through this experience.

3. Take classes

Want to get ahead or boost your GPA? Maybe taking classes this summer would be a good fit for you. An early graduation date could help showcase your drive to a future employer and that you are and that you are dedicated to your education. You can use this time to diversify your knowledge in a way that could give you an edge in your future classes or job.

Are you a communication major? Maybe consider taking a psychology course on human motivation or behavior. Education major? Maybe take a course on comparative ethnic studies or the psychology of gender to help you better connect with students that are different from you. Engineering major? Take a communication course to help you better communicate your work and facilitate a more efficient working environment. All these things can only contribute to the skill set you are developing, so why not?

4. Work a wage job

I was told by my marketing professor that every job is just a process. You are either a part of, creating or supervising a process in any job you do. Getting more experience with different type of processes is a huge advantage for anyone looking to give themselves a competitive edge. Work that fast food job, because no one has better processes than them! They are fast, efficient, consistent, and have an incredible way of orchestrating the process to fulfill the needs of a drive-through and a restaurant in the fast time frame customers expect.

Collect metrics while you’re there and show how you improved or contributed to that process. Adding numbers a concrete statistics to each position you have held will make your resume a lot stronger and give future employers how this experience helped you become a stronger candidate for a potential position.

5. Volunteer

Giving back is always a good thing to do. Not only can you feel good about the work you are doing, but this has the same advantage of work a wage job. It is a process that you are getting experience with. Even better if you can find somewhere that you can do something related to your field. If you are studying environmental science, work with environmental restoration. If you are communication or marketing, offer to help a younger organization get their social media or website off the ground and get more engagement from the community.

At the end of the day, career paths are not linear. You can make any opportunity work for you as long as you know what angle to take.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.

It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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Sociolinguistics Series: Part 50

Language is a powerful tool.


It's part 50--halfway to 100! I'm so glad to still be here writing! In this section, we will talk about Dr. Shikaki's findings on how Palestinians view the state of Israel.

25 years ago, 85% of Palestinians supported a two-state solution. 10 years ago, this number decreased to 70%. Dr. Shikaki believes this was due to an increase in the prominence of Islamism in Palestinian society during the second intifada; Islamists were opposed to the two-state solution. In the most recent survey, the December 2018 one, only 43% of Palestinians supported the two state solution.

In 2000, American President Bill Clinton met with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat at the Camp David Summit to come up with a solution to the conflict. It ended without an agreement, but in December of 2000, Clinton once again proposed a resolution: the Clinton Parameters.

The content of the Parameters basically allowed Israel to annex settlements while Palestine to take 94-96% of the West Bank, as well as Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. There were other guidelines regarding territory, refugees, security, and the end of the conflict. Essentially, the West Bank would have been split up by Israeli roads and settlements--which is kind of the reality today.

Both the Israeli government and Arafat accepted the terms with reservations, and Arafat wrote to Clinton a letter asking for clarifications on the terms. Clinton and Dennis Ross, an envoy of the Parameters, publicized that Arafat had refused to accept the terms; they painted Palestinians in a negative light, saying that Israel wanted to accept the peace negotiations but Palestine did not.

American Lawyer Robert Malley was at the Camp David Summit and oversaw parts of the Clinton Parameters. In 2001, he said that three myths had come out of the failure of both negotiations, and that these three myths were dangerous to any future peace processes if people kept believing in them.

These myths are as follows: "Camp David was an ideal test of Mr. Arafat's intentions," "Israel's offer met most if not all of the Palestinians' legitimate aspirations," and "The Palestinians made no concession of their own."

He said that these three statements were not true but very heavily publicized by America and Israel after the negotiations failed; rather, there is more nuance to each of these issues, and America and Israel have just as much responsibility in the failure of the Summit and Parameters as Palestine did. Malley wrote, "If peace is to be achieved, the parties cannot afford to tolerate the growing acceptance of these myths as reality."

Anyway, what does this have to do with Dr. Shikaki? He polled Palestinians not only on the their attitudes to the two-state solution, but the Clinton Parameters as well. 25 years ago, there was 60% support for the Clinton Parameters by Palestinians, but the June 2018 poll showed that the number had gone down to 37%.

The last ten years shows a significant decrease in public support for both the two-state solution and the Clinton Parameters, and it could be a result of disagreeing with specific parts of the proposals (such as how the Temple Mount/Dome of the Rock or Jerusalem is delegated).

I did some further digging when I got home, and I found this data from the UN Division for Palestinian Rights website:

"A 25 December [2000] published poll found that 48% of the 501 Israelis questioned were opposed to the proposals; 57% would object to Palestinian control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound; 72% were against even a limited return of Palestinian refugees to Israel. A 29 December published poll found that 56% of the Israelis would oppose a peace agreement reached on the basis of the Parameters."

This shows that though public media--especially Western media--may have painted the Palestinian government as the villain (and Israel and America as the "victims"), the proposals accepted by either government had varied support among its people.

The Israeli civilian population did not want to accept the Clinton Parameters because of the way certain things would be resolved; their reservations lie with the Temple Mount/Al-Aqsa Mosque because the Temple Mount, which is the holiest site in the world for Jews, would have been given to Palestine, while Jews would have control of the Western Wall of the Temple Mount (which is the status quo).

In addition, there was a section in the Clinton Parameters that dealt with the right of return for Palestinians, where there would be a certain number of Palestinian refugees who settled in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, while other Palestinians either would become citizens of their host countries, move to a third-party country, or settle back into the land that is Israel Proper (with permission from the Israeli government, of course); many Israelis did not support this.

That was the public opinion years ago. Today, there is even less support for these proposals. Dr. Shikaki outlined three issues as reasons for a decrease in support of compromise, which we will cover in the next section. Stay tuned!

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