Check out these last minute tips to build your resume AND pay your bills this summer.
Find new job search sites
Maximize your chances by signing up for niche jobs boards and applying to their openings. Many jobs board base their business' models off of how many applicants (and the quality of applicants) they get for their hiring partners, and many have agreements that give your application a boost in the process
Some of our favorites include:
The Muse - a great site for millennials look for jobs at startups and well known brands.
2020Shift - Curated postings for black and Latino millennials looking for non-technical opportunities in tech
Jopwell- A millennial of color focused with great openings at well known companies
Idealist - The go to for jobs in social justice (make sure to filter for paid opportunities first)
Uncubed/Wakefield - Sign up for their listerv to receive exclusive updates on top startups (most of their openings are in NYC or the Bay)
Levo League - A great jobs board specifically for the ladies
Velvet Jobs- A good place to look for creative openings
Create Daily- A good to listerv for daily jobs, internships and freelance options for creatives
Switch - Pretty much Tinder for jobs, best if you're looking for openings at top firms or in tech
Higher Ed Jobs - Great place to look for entry level jobs in hired ed (which over great benefits, vacation time and professional development opportunities)
Media Bistro - A well known site for jobs in media
Work in Sports - A well known site for sports related internships and jobs
After College - An undergrad focused job board with diverse opportunities
Use aggregate sites, but with new strategies
Indeed, Zip Recruiter, Internmatch and Simply Hired are great resources but only if you use their filtering options. Make sure to sort by date and to sign up for updates for latest postings. The sooner you submit your materials (assuming they are polished/properly catered to the position) the better. Also make sure to broaden the areas you are searching for. If you are interested in finding a summer internship near where you live , make sure to also search research assistant openings. If you are interested in social justice oriented openings, also check out corporate social responsibility and diversity openings. If you are interested in tech, checkout software, product and business development internships.
Find openings that are posted on a rolling basis
Research companies that post internships on a rolling basis (rather than during a specific time of the year). For example, AOL/Huffpost posts openings year round as their departments express the need for new team members.
Research assistant positions are your best friend
Tip 2 touched on Research Assistant openings, and we want to stress how great an option these can be if you are working to find an opening last minute. If you are interested in medical or graduate school, getting independent research experience and building relationships with professors is extremely important. Unfortunately, most research programs close their application rounds in February and January, so your next best option is to find and individual postings at a nearby campus or hospital. Unfortunately, there aren't many sites that specifically aggregate research assistant opportunities (if you are interest in staff positions at a university, Higher Ed Jobs is a good place to start). However, you can find a good amount of openings posted on Indeed, and you can also check individual university hiring pages for recently posted openings.
Keep it personal and local
Make sure to utilize your personal networks. Ask your favorite professor if they are looking for help during the summer or reach out to your family members to see if they know of any openings. Drop by your provost of diversity, campus libraries, dean's office or multicultural center to see if they are looking for summer interns. Put up a post on LinkedIn explaining your skillset and the types of opportunities you are looking for. Reach out to your favorite startup brands on IG or Twitter and see if they are looking for part-time help managing their accounts. Call up your favorite high school teacher and see if they know of anyone who is looking for an intern or if you guidance
Create your own internship
Research small businesses in your area and drop by their office or give them a call to see if they are looking for support during the summer. Many times small businesses might not be able to offer competitive summer stipends (or might not pay at all), but the upside is that they are more likely to offer flexible works hours. This gives you the opportunity to get creative and to build your resume while still having time to work a side job, travel or study for grad and professional school entrance exams.