Not every college student heads south to warmer climates for their spring break get-a-ways. Increasingly, college students are seeking meaningful ways to use spring break to expand resumes with volunteer work and alternative spring break experiences.
Think about how much more impressive a college resume showing some volunteer work will be when students search for internships, a new career after graduation or apply to grad school.
It’s wise to start checking out spring break experiences well in advance. However, if you are home with nothing to do and no funds to travel, call around and find a local organization where you can volunteer. There are plenty of non profits with lots of projects and more mission-driven work they can handle.
If you missed the chance to do something this year, start planning for spring break next year as soon as you go back to school. If there is no existing program, then start one. Take the lead, gather fellow students who think like you and start something. These types of spring break experiences not only help you build resumes, but they can expand your professional and social network and even help you find professionals who are willing to help you through long term mentoring relationships.
The only thing employers and grad schools love more than a student who participates in meaningful college experiences, is a student who STARTS a new campus program!
Here are a few options published at The Huffington Post including one program involving 40 Howard University students who trek to Detroit for a volunteer assignment.