5 Ways to be Productive Without an Internship This Summer

As June begins, so does intern season. If you’re a college student, it’s likely that your social media feeds are filled with your classmate’s posts about beginning their summer endeavors. If you don’t have any formal summer plans this can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.

Whether you chose to work independently this summer or just couldn’t find any internships that fit you, here’s a list of ways to stay productive this summer:

1. Practice

Whatever your craft is, practice it. Code every day, write every day, shoot every day. Spending as little as 30 minutes per day working on improving your skills is better than nothing. Just because you don’t have an internship doesn’t mean you can’t learn new skills or improve upon old ones this summer. 

2. Study your craft

If you have Internet access, there’s nothing stopping your from learning just as much, and possibly more, than your peers with internships. Find as many articles and YouTube videos to study as you can. Also don’t be afraid to reach out to the creators of the materials you study for potential mentorship.

3. Develop your brand

Use this time to figure out what makes you and your work unique and then capitalize on that. Highlighting what makes you different in order to develop a brand that’s easily recognizable to everyone in your network can help you take your career to the next level.

4. Develop yourself

One advantage of not having an internship is being on your own time. Professional development isn’t the only productivity that’s important. Take some time to work on mental and physical health as well as personal goals.

5. Enjoy your break

One of the best ways to increase your productivity is to step back for a little while. This is summer break, after all. Hanging out with friends or going on an adventure are great ways to refresh so that you can continue to do your best work.

Chantè Russell

Chanté Russell is a Howard University print journalism major from Raleigh, North Carolina. Her entire life has been shaped by her passion for writing, fashion and activism. Those passions have led her to create a blog entitled Be The Zeitgeist and serve as a staff writer for Howard’s student newspaper, The Hilltop. She has also written for Lady With Attitude and worked as a freelance journalist. Some of her biggest role models include Anna Wintour, Maya Angelou and her cousin, Dr. Jennifer Edwards, who inspired Chanté to attend Howard. After completing college, Chanté hopes to work as a fashion journalist and use her platform to combat cultural insensitivity within the fashion industry and improve the public perception of the industry.

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