There are all kinds of volunteer opportunities in your community from animal shelters, to the public library, to reading to children in a hospital, to working with others on beach cleanup. Since there are so many activities available, choose one that interests you or matches your passions and volunteer for at least one week (15-30 hours). Upper School students can count ten of these summer volunteer hours as part of their annual 20 hour requirement.
2- Start a Business
Summer is an excellent time to start your own business: Become a teenage entrepreneur. Something as simple as mowing lawns or babysitting is a good place to start. You might also demonstrate your creative side by selling art on Etsy. If you are good with computers, you can start a computer repair business. If you enjoy writing, consider freelance paid writing jobs. Starting a business will communicate your strong work ethic and your desire to be enthusiastic about the things you love.
3- Attend College Programs
4- Study Abroad
Paid and unpaid internships offer you a chance to gain valuable hands-on experience within a career or field you may want to pursue. Contact local companies, office managers, and human resources offices to inquire about their intern hiring policy. Start-up companies love hiring interns because they are inexpensive or unpaid and fit into the company’s tight budget constraints. Internships are also a way to begin collecting a network of business contacts that can help you after graduation from college.
6- Get a local job
Try to work at a job that is in a field of your interest and that allows you to learn valuable skills from your employer.
7- Work on a Charity Project
Be imaginative and start a charity project. There are groups and organizations in need of help raising funds or gathering materials. Not only will you be helping others but it communicates that you value your community.
8- Work at a Summer Camp
There are many summer camp jobs available to students: YMCA camps, academic camps, Boy Scout camps, and others. Summer camp jobs offer skill-building, leadership, training, and enrichment opportunities. Camp experiences allow you to learn and develop life skills; in fact, business executives often say that experience as a camp counselor translates into good management and personnel skills.
9- Go on a College Tour
Getting exposed to different colleges will help you to adjust to life after CCS, and it will help you narrow down the college that is right for you.
10- Audit a College Course
Auditing a course allows students to take a class without the benefit of a grade or credit for a course. Auditing a class allows students to get the experience of a college course for the purpose of enrichment and academic exploration.