Use volunteering as an internship and internships as summer jobs

Over the summer, many college students are looking for something academic to do. Many students take on internships, but internships are extremely competitive. In the same way, many need the additional income that is provided by a summer job, and their schedules don’t match up where they can also take on an internship. I have found a way to use what you are doing over the summer as a well-rounded opportunity.

Volunteer where you want to intern

If several applications for internships are denied, don’t give up, apply to be a volunteer at the same organization. In most organizations, volunteers do similar work and gain the same experience as interns, just at a slower pace, but volunteers can continue to volunteer in the same organization even beyond the time that an intern is allotted for their internship. In addition, becoming more familiar with the organization and the people in it will give you better connections to get you that internship next time around.

Don’t forget internships can sometimes be paid

On the other side of the spectrum, summer jobs are an important means for extra cash. What many students don’t know is that there are many entry-level paid internships. Usually you have to either be a specific year in college, have some previous experience, or even have volunteered at the organization before, but sometimes the requirements are the same as an unpaid internship. In my personal experience I have volunteered for an organization for a few months, liked the organization and its mission, and applied for an internship. I was accepted and have been given a chance that after four months of unpaid interning, there would be two months of paid internship, equaling a six-month assignment. This also means that since two months will be paid, the internship will have a dual purpose, it will be my summer job as well as my academic internship, and that is the best of both worlds. So if you are struggling to get an internship or job, think of creative ways to gain the experience and get around the problem.

Every student has the opportunity to gain experience in the field they are interested in, all you have to do is do your research and think critically.

Natasha is studying Biology as a Junior at the University of South Florida. She is a Pre-Veterinary student and plans to specialize in wildlife and zoological animals. Natasha has been involved in National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for two years. Outside of school, she is involved in Performing Arts and Theatre.


  1. Sydney 3 years ago

    Volunteering is a great idea. If you volunteer where you want to inter it can give you a foot in the door to getting the internship that you want.

  2. Victoria Bankowski 3 years ago

    Great job Natasha. I love it. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to hearing more from you in the near future.

  3. Victoria Bankowski 3 years ago

    Love the internships. I volunteered to assist my mentor and the the School of LS and A, encouraged me apply for tbe intern scholarship

  4. zee digitizing 3 years ago

    Great! Looking forward to more from you. Thanks for your guidance

  5. Victoria Bankowski 3 years ago

    My third text for you. I like the manner you have presented you thoughts and eish I could write as well as you.

    • Natasha I 3 years ago

      Thank you so much Victoria. You always have great feedback. I appreciate it. Your blogs are also very well written.

  6. Victoria Bankowski 3 years ago

    Thank you Natasha. I appreciate your kind words.

  7. Mayen Handy 3 years ago

    I love this, especially as I am having to volunteer for my Master’s program. Looking forward to working with these agencies in the future.

  8. Victoria Bankowski 3 years ago

    As I grow I geel more often that volunteering is an amazing grace. In my heart and sole I know it is a kind and caring opportunity to change the lives of otbers.

  9. Lia 3 years ago

    Natasha thank you for the good advice, I really needed to read this 🙂

  10. Julianna Menefee 3 years ago

    I really loved reading this article. It was very helpful with lots of info about internships.

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