How to Spend the Summer Effectively

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It is about that time of year again. Classes are coming to a close, finals are starting up and the summer months are about to begin. You may ask, “How can I make the most of my summer vacation?” There are many ways to effectively spend your summer.  You may have heard people chat about internships. Internships are a great way to spend to summer, but here are some alternatives to internships.

1.  Summer Classes

  • Great way to lighten your academic load or catch up if needed.
  • Doesn’t need to be at UVM, but tuition is discounted (at UVM).
  • At UVM, there are classes on campus, online and worldwide.
  • For more information UVM Summer Classes

2.  Summer Research

  • Excellent method of gaining experience in your field of study.
  • It doesn’t have to be at UVM, which is helpful if you do not live close.

3.  Relevant Job Experience

  • Not an internship, but a job in your field that will give you at least the most basic experience.
  • Could lead to networking for an internship or full-time job.
  • Volunteer at an organization in your field.

4.  Study Abroad

  • It works well with jam-packed curriculum tracks because it won’t interrupt your scheduling.
  • Perhaps you could fulfill a language/diversity/elective requirement as well.
  • Study Abroad involves a lot of planning beforehand. Here is  a link to help you get started UVM: Office of International Education

~Randall, Career Peer Advisor

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