How to find a last-minute summer experience

Looking for a summer experience? Summer plans unexpectedly changed? It’s never too late! Here are CAPD’s top tips for finding an internship, job, research, or career exploration opportunity. 

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Our advisors are here to help, whether you need advice finding the right opportunity or a quick resume review. You can schedule an appointment with a CAPD career advisor here.

Networking

MIT’s alumni network is a resource for you, so reach out for informational interviews and networking. Your network is even broader than MIT, though – consider reaching out to local companies or professionals doing interesting work and ask for an informational interview. These conversations will help you build a professional network and explore potential career paths, and you never know when they’ll open a door to another opportunity.

Look for internship & job listings

To get started, review this advice:

When you’re ready to search, Handshake has thousands of listings open across fields, and you can sort by field, job type (e.g. internship, part-time, or full-time), and more. 

Keep an eye out for opportunities with the Fresh title (see below), as these were recently posted!

Here are a few internship opportunities listed in Handshake at the time of this article’s posting:

Look beyond Handshake, too! Try LinkedIn’s Job Search feature. This resource also tells you whether MIT alumni are working at companies with available internships – and, like Handshake, you can get email notifications when new listings are posted. Here are three examples:

Other job boards include Builtin.com, Indeed, LinkUp, Engineerjobs.com, andEnvironmentalCareer.com.

Find experiential learning opportunities through MIT’s ELx website, which features 160+ summer openings at the time of posting this article.

The UROP office is also offering a limited second round of UROP direct funding for those students who did not find their UROP earlier in the spring. UROP funding applications must be submitted via the UROP application system no later than June 10 for full consideration in this second round.

Create your own opportunities

Explore ideas that interest you! As you connect with local companies or alumni, consider proposing a project you would like to help them complete. You can also find short term or contract-based projects through AngelistMIT Orbit, or Dice.

Has a specific topic or concept caught your eye? Develop an independent project and add it to your portfolio. 

Expand yourself & prepare for the future

Use this summer to build your skillset.

Free courses and application preparation: 

Set yourself up for success by refreshing your application documents – like your LinkedIn profile and portfolio – and building your skills with free online courses like Coursera or EdX.

Aren’t sure what courses to take? Consider topics that spark your interest, and look up job descriptions that feel like a fit for you. What would you like to learn? What skills do hiring managers list?

Volunteering: 

No matter what your summer looks like, consider volunteering to make an impact while you learn. You can reach out to local organizations for opportunities, connect with MIT’s PKG Center for suggestions, or use a resource like VolunteerMatch or Idealist

More career exploration ideas: 

This is just scratching the surface, so view our Explore Beyond Internships page for more options.

Have questions or need help? 

We’re only a few clicks away. Just schedule an appointment with a CAPD career advisor.

By Tavi Sookhoo
Tavi Sookhoo Assistant Director, Career Prototypes Tavi Sookhoo