Volunteer with a local business.
Working without pay isn’t ideal, but it’s an age old way to gain experience during college years. So if you can afford to donate your time or skills, consider your local community, because most likely there are many businesses that are having different kinds of struggles during the pandemic as well. What were you going to do in your internship (or even better, what did you want to do during your internship)? Can you offer the same for a different business? Write blogs, help with SEO, build a social presence, build a website or application, do some research on sales tactics.
In addition to working on your skills and actually having something to add to your resume, you’ll concurrently be helping a business that’s in need right now.
Another area where this pandemic is having a big effect is the live events industry. Yes, unfortunately that means the music festival you always attend and your local patio bars probably won’t be open; but it also means that many business conferences, professional development, and industry events are likely to be moved to a virtual setting.
Fortunately for most of us, this actually makes them so much more accessible. If you were completing your internship this summer, you probably wouldn’t have been able to attend events and conferences that were happening across the globe. But, now that many of these have been moved to a fully virtual platform, the obstacles of location, travel, conflicts with your work schedule, and even cost (in some cases) are removed.
While major conferences are great, I’d also suggest keeping your eyes out for smaller and more intimate events that your favorite companies are offering. These can range from networking events, to celebrations of diversity and inclusion and professional development opportunities. Platforms like Eventbrite, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Handshake are great places to search for what companies you admire might be offering.