For many of us, it's that time of year again. No, I'm not referring to the looming presence of exams and deadlines. Over the last couple of months we've been sending out a seemingly endless stream of applications for summer placements, internships, schemes - you name it, we've probably applied for it. However, applications don't guarantee success and many of us will have recently have received a heart-wrenching series of rejection emails, culminating with that final ping of the inbox. It happens to all of us, I've been there more times than I care to admit - but what's important is to realise that this doesn't mean an empty summer! There are countless opportunities out there, you just have to know where to look - and lucky for you I'm here to help... The Non-Profit Sector This is one that many don't consider when starting their search for a summer position. Charities, especially smaller, more local ones, will have positions available well into the summer. Have a look online for your local charities and give them a ring to see if they've got anything available. Sometimes you won't be paid (travel expenses are often covered) but the skills learnt on your placement can be invaluable and a few doors might even open. Still in doubt? Have a read of our previous article on the non-profit sector here to find out more about how you could benefit. Bug a Professor If you're looking for a more academic position during the summer, perhaps to give you an idea of whether research is for you, have you considered emailing around your department? Professors nearly always have work they'll happily offload on students, meaning you can gain experience while they can focus on more pressing issues. It also means you'll have another reference for future applications! Don't just limit your search to your own university, email other universities (especially those closer to home) and see if you can find anything there. Workaway So perhaps that final email made you realise that this summer you didn't want to be in an office anyway? Maybe you'll do a spot of travelling instead and see the world? Why not incorporate travelling with working elsewhere, via a workaway scheme? Workaway schemes work on the following premise - you help out a host on their project, or around the house, whatever they need and they will provide you with a place to stay and food to eat. They're a way to cut travelling costs and gain new skills, while seeing a more local way of life. It's not all working on a farm, hosts often need a wide range of skills including admin, programming, social media, writing and more. What you do is up to you - have a root around their site (here). Use Wizbii! Of course we're going to mention Wizbii here, we'd be silly not to! New positions are constantly going up on our website, so it's always worth having a search. You can find positions abroad as well, which you may not have considered before. If you want you can even post that you're looking for a summer position, so others on the site can help you out - taking some of the worry out of searching. There we go, with those four tips your summer doesn't have to be empty! You still have time to find your dream role and develop your skill set - the power is back in your hands!