Tech & Analytics: Maximize Your Summer Break!
May 5, 2021 – Upcoming Events, Opportunities & Resources
LETTER FROM THE ADVISOR:
Many of you are still making plans for the summer, and let me just say, there is plenty of time to still plan so please do not stress. You are welcome to make an appointment with me via Handshake to talk through options, including internship search strategies, if an internship is your goal. In addition to using Handshake, I recommend this search for IT-related (new window) or this search for analyst (new window) internships (virtual).
A meaningful summer may not include a formal internship. Perhaps you just need to make money. Go ahead and take that lifeguard, retail, or babysitting gig! Perhaps you want to focus on studying for the GRE. Perhaps you are burnt out and want to binge on Netflix. Do what serves you best. Remember, you are a student first, so employers and admissions committees are not going to question “gaps” in your resume. In addition, we are still in the midst of a pandemic which frankly means less options. Here are alternative ideas to spend our summer break beyond the typical internship plan.
- A Shorter-Term Project. Check out Parker Dewey (new window) for shorter, unpaid projects. There are a few tech-related projects on the site right now.
- Refresh your Career Development Skills and Documents. This includes updating your resume, Handshake and LinkedIn profiles; preparing for case interviews and behavioral interviews; preparing for graduate school by studying for exams and researching programs to apply; and networking with professionals.
- Work on a Personal Project. Get ahead of your senior thesis or junior research project; write a blog with content you are passionate about (topics could range from climate change to machine learning); and/or work on a personal programming project (new window)such as a weather app or food log.
- Participate in Hackathons. Companies often plan hackathons for college students so watch for these, and you can find a general list of hackathons on Major League Hacking (new window), EventBrite (new window) and DEVPOST (new window). Check out 18 active data science hackathons here. (new window)
- Take a Course / Learn Something New. Take courses to learn/enhance a soft and hard skill(s). Coursera (new window) and LinkedIn Learning (new window) offer an array of courses. I found the courses, Applied Data Science with Python and Intro to Git and Github, on Coursera. Improve upon your project management skills, a foreign language or a soft skill with LinkedIn Learning. Also, check out this list of Ivy League free courses (new window).
- Volunteer. My go-to sites to find volunteer work or projects are Idealist.org (new window), volunteermatch.org (new window), catchafire (new window) (94 IT, web, and data projects), allforgood (new window), and helpwithcovid.com (new window). Below are a few highlighted organizations and opportunities in tech and analytics. Of course, you may want to volunteer in a completely different area of interest to explore your curiosities, and that works too.
- A list of organizations using tech for COVID-19 has been created by Fast Forward (new window) and includes tech and non-tech related support needs.
- Work on an open source project found on Github awesome-for-beginners (new window). This article (new window) shares projects in 2021 for beginners to try.
- Help with a technical project at a nonprofit with hashtagcharity (new window).
- Learn how to code while also building an app that solves real problems that nonprofits face with Free Code Camp (new window).
- Use your data or project management skills to tackle social issues like poverty, global warming, and public health with DataKind (new window).
- Train others in technology to overcome poverty with Right Here at Home (new window).
- Tutor children in math with School on Wheels (new window) or Heart Tutoring (new window). Teach kids to code with the organizations, Codivate (new window) or code.org (new window).
- Assist the government with tech, communications, and operations with the U.S. (new window) Digital Response (new window).
- The Center for Social Justice also created a list of DC specific sites (new window) to volunteer if you feel connected to D.C. and prefer serving this community.
Read the article below for even more ideas on how to spend your summer both professionally and personally. You are soooo close to the finish line! Whatever you decide to do this summer, please take time to enjoy your break! You deserve it.
All the best,
Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Industry Advising | Health, Science, and Technology
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Article of the Week
50 Ways for College Students to
Maximize Summer Break
Source: Campus Groups
Summer’s almost here! How will you spend your months off? Working, reading, traveling, relaxing, learning a new skill or language? Check out this list (new window) of 50 productive and fun ways to spend your summer break for inspiration!
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