Do More This Summer

Career & Internship

Do More This Summer

Summer is a great chance to explore interests and build your experiences. Here are two suggestions to make the most of your summer:

Use an internship as a Career Test Drive.  Internships give you a hands-on crash course in a field.  You can build your knowledge, skills and CV while gaining insights into a field of interest.  An internship is also a great opportunity to try out an organization and industry – you may find that the experience exceeds your expectations, or that another sector better suits you.

I worked at Merrill Lynch during the summer of 2008 and learned a ton about finance, organization building, and leadership.  In September 2008 I decided that investment banking wasn’t my path but I was able to utilize the skills and contacts to begin my career as an entrepreneur.

Volunteer on a project or cause of interest.  Worthy NGO’s and charities are always looking for talented and motivated volunteers to perform quality work.  It is usually easier to get involved as a volunteer and the opportunity to make a positive difference is substantial.  Volunteering is a phenomenal way to explore a passion.

I spent part of summer 2009 volunteering at the Bainbridge Schools Foundation, my hometown education fundraiser.  I learned many key lessons that summer – how schools formulate strategy, how money is invested to deliver learning outcomes, and how to effectively fundraise.  Most importantly, I had the chance to work side by side with Vicky Marsing, BSF’s Executive Director.  She imparted much wisdom and continues to graciously mentor me four years later.

Many of us have other obligations during summer that make interning or volunteering especially challenging.  The key is to find balance and manage expectations.  I coordinated with my Merrill Lynch supervisors so I could take weekends off to continue earning money by landscaping, pressure-washing decks, and painting houses for my neighbors.  The following summer I balanced BSF fundraising with wood splitting, shoveling horse stables, and fence building.  Supervisors will understand that you have other obligations when you proactively communicate and always work with diligence.


Greg Nance

ChaseFuture CEO