Still Hunting for a Summer Gig?

By Terri Burns, CAS Class of 2016 and NYU Wasserman Peer in Career Member

Howdy. My last blog post was all about starting off the semester with a bang. Seems like it was just yesterday, right? Yet somehow we’ve made it this far, with (semi) warm weather, finals around the corner, and summer on the horizon. For those of you who’ve locked down awesome summer jobs and internships, congrats! I hope you’re gearing up for a summer of hard work, learning, and fun. For those of you who are still on the hunt, don’t fret.  Though April is soon coming to a close, don’t think that there aren’t great opportunities still out there. Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling on snagging a last-minute position:

Chat It Up

Email professors. Call former employers. Gchat with coworkers.  Inform your professional connections that you’re interested in work in order to market yourself as a possible hire.

CareerNet/ Wasserman Counselor

Log into CareerNet to search through job positions within your field of interests. For tips and tricks, be sure to come into the office for a 30 minute appointment with a counselor. There are also walk-ins, and you can even call or Skype if you’re overloaded with end-of-the-semester to-dos.

Do More Research

In addition to Career Net, there are other fantastic resources that may be helpful. Some useful places:

Consider Your Options

Having a summer job or an internship is great, but there are also other options from which you can gain valuable experience that also looks good on your resume.  Summer research and projects are a great option.  Get in contact with friends, professors, and mentors (either in NYC or in your hometown) to discuss working on an interesting project over the summer. (And who knows? You may even get paid for it!)

Don’t Give Up

Luckily for NYU Students, we are in a hub of resources to help us get places. So don’t give up! Take advantage of it. If you’re done with midterms, you may have a few weeks to cruise before the insanity of finals kicks in.  This is a great time to keep searching for those who are still on the job hunt. Good luck, and remember, there’s a whole team of people who can help you at NYU Wasserman!

And, as a bonus, here are more Wasserman Staff selections for your summer gig search listening pleasure:

Heather Tranen, Associate Director: “The Rising” by Bruce Springsteen.

A Jersey gal at heart, anything by the Boss gets me up and moving. However, something about the tempo and message in the Rising makes it a go-to for me. Whether meeting a deadline, going for  a run, or prepping for a presentation, Bruce gets me through it!

Rebecca Salk, Assistant Director: “Hammer and a Nail” by Indigo Girls – I was obsessed with this song in college – I listened to it all the time whenever I needed a pick-me-up!

Paula Lee, Director: “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac

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