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Ideas for an Impactful Summer

With mandatory closures of many organizations, social distancing requirements, and “shelter in place” orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is unlikely that many interns will be able to complete their summer 2020 internships on-site as planned. We have come up with some ideas of what you can do if your summer plans have changed.

Alternative ideas to consider if your summer internship gets canceled:

  • Ask the organization if you can continue your internship by working remotely - perhaps they have projects that they could assign you.
  • Approach an organization with the idea of creating a virtual internship.
  • Work a summer job to earn money if that is possible in your community.
  • Create your own project or innovative idea – something you’ve always wanted to do but never had time for.
  • Conduct research on Middlebury’s alumni database, Midd2Midd, and network to learn about career fields you might be interested in. Set up some informational interviews.
  • Volunteer in your community (food shelves, create educational activities for children, help the elderly, volunteer for a non-profit) – perhaps these activities will need to be done remotely.
  • Virtual Tutoring - children are home since schools are closed and many parents are juggling homeschooling with working from home.
  • Volunteer to be an Education Assistant/Project Manager - help parents manage all the information coming in from the schools, teachers, and assignments.
  • Get started on your senior independent research.
  • Take an online class.
  • Research graduate programs.
  • Study for MCATs, LSATs, GREs, etc.
  • Learn a new foreign language using online tools.
  • Write your own book - you know you’ve always wanted to....
  • Get Creative: Play music. Write songs. Write poetry. Create a documentary video. Build a Web site. Start a blog.