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I am looking for internship or volunteering opportunities.

I am an enthusiast for new experiences and peculiar corners of the world. I believe through different points of view or just knowing different stakeholders of the world, I will learn to look at the society or even the world with better insight. That will in turn equip me further for a more comprehensive and mature outlook for what I can expect from the world. #internship #summer-jobs #volunteer

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Lauren’s Answer

Hi Pak,

I love that you are thinking ahead to this summer and how you might spend your time! My recommendation would be to narrow down your career interests are and then look for companies in your area that might have internship opportunities. Given everything that is going on in the world, you may also consider virtual opportunities. There are likely online volunteer opportunities as well. Good luck!

Thanks,

Lauren
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Syed’s Answer

Hi Pak Hei,

Here are some great resources for finding volunteer opportunities:

1. Volunteermatch.org
2. Catchafire.org
3. https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en/opportunities (United Nationals Volunteering)
4. Idealist.org
5. Zooniverse

These sources have a mix of virtual/remote and in-person volunteer opportunities.

Best of luck with your search!
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Connor’s Answer

Hi Pak,

I think the best place to start would be looking around locally. Are there any neighbors or family friends that run a small business in town? Is there a company you frequent around the area that you know could use some help? There are a lot of interesting opportunities out there without a formal "job posting" like you would see on LinkedIn. It never hurts to stop by a local shop and ask if they would be willing to take you for the summer! Of course, this will likely be an unpaid internship, but can lead to great experiences along the way!

Another option would be to look on a job site (LinkedIn, Indeed, etc.) to find some local listings of more formalized opportunities. This option has the added benefit of a more structured program than a local business that has not ever had an "intern".

Good luck on the search!

Thanks,
Connor

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Simeon’s Answer

I would reach out to your teachers and see if they know of any internships or work opportunities. Check the websites of companies that you'd like to work for someday and send inquiry emails. Even if a company doesn't know of an internship, they might know of other companies that do offer internships. If you can't find a summer internship, you could also try working at a summer camp. You'll make a lot of new friends and you can often leverage new connections to find job/internship opportunities.

From your description, it sounds like you might take an interest in the Peace Corps
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Michelle’s Answer

I agree with Melissa's next steps. Also, you can look online even in social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram for non-profit organizations that cover your interests.
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Fiona’s Answer

Depending on the industry you are looking to get into, there may be career fairs for internship programmes. I think your attitude is spot on, it is good to get as much experience from anywhere in the work force early on - volunteering or research etc. This shows potential employers you are keen to obtain experience and also may have developed soft skills. This will also improve your chances of obtaining internships and jobs of your choice later on.
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Alecia’s Answer

Choose a charity and reach out to them to see about opportunities.
You can also check in with your school and/or church for ideas.
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Fabio’s Answer

Hello Pak Hei,

What an exciting time for you! I think you should look to narrow down your search as casting too wide a net may feel overwhelming with all the opportunities out there.

Here's what I recommend:

- Figure out what drives you and how that can be translated into an entry-level role or internship at a company
- Tap into your school's alumni network via your career center or via LinkedIn - I am always happy when undergrads reach out for career advice

These are two good starting points. Best of luck with your search!

Cheers,

Fabio
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Melisa’s Answer

Hi Pak Hei,

Thank you for thoughtful question. It’s great that you are thinking about internships and volunteer opportunities that can lead you to new connections and insight into new experiences and potential careers.

As Lauren shared in her answer, it may help to narrow down your interests and then look for specific internships and volunteer opportunities in a few careers, at least to start with.

From there, these experiences may lead you to some great new contacts to have in your personal network.

internship summer-jobs volunteer

Melisa recommends the following next steps:

Consider finding a mentor or individual in a career that interests you and learn more about their job, what they like.
Check out some helpful student resources, regarding jobs and internships at AT&T on http://att.jobs/students
Search for volunteer opportunities near you at http://greatnonprofits.org
Take a look at this helpful list of virtual volunteer opportunities https://www.pointsoflight.org/resources/virtual-volunteer-opportunities/
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Nikki’s Answer

Hi Pak Hei,

In addition to the information that's been shared above, I want to encourage you to consider virtual/remote internship positions, as this could give you the opportunity to learn about companies, issues, and industries around the world from wherever you are.

Also, if you're able, doing an internship or volunteer project abroad can help you gain insight into different cultures and places around the world. Here are a couple of organizations that offer programs:

AIESEC: https://aiesec.org/
AFS Intercultural Programs: https://www.afsusa.org
CIEE: https://www.ciee.org/
USAC: https://usac.edu/

The U.S. Department of State also offers opportunities for individuals from a variety of different countries and educational backgrounds to participate in global learning opportunities: https://exchanges.state.gov/us/find-programs

In addition, I currently work for an organization called Project Humanities, which explores global social issues through programming. We offer remote internships, and I encourage you to check them out here: https://projecthumanities.asu.edu/opportunities.

Best of luck!

Nikki
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Jackie’s Answer

There are many ways to get connected for internship and job opportunities, such as joining internet profiles that allow you to get your resume out virtually for employers to view on spot. This will help put your name into the system and put your foot in the door.

I would also look for skills or qualities you have that may help you start a career path that you can enjoy. If you're an enthusiast and always looking for new things to do I would volunteer at a local shelter or crisis centers.
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Fabio’s Answer

Hello Pak Hei,

What an exciting time for you! I think you should look to narrow down your search as casting too wide a net may feel overwhelming with all the opportunities out there.

Here's what I recommend:

- Figure out what drives you and how that can be translated into an entry-level role or internship at a company
- Tap into your school's alumni network via your career center or via LinkedIn - I am always happy when undergrads reach out for career advice

These are two good starting points. Best of luck with your search!

Cheers,

Fabio
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