Do something wonderful for others — and yourself.

Volunteering is perfect for busy students. Volunteering opportunities usually let you set your own schedule. Nonprofit organizations often rely on help from volunteers, which is perfect if you’re interested in a similar career. Also, as a volunteer, you not only get an experience that looks great to employers — you also get personal satisfaction from helping a good cause or an organization!

Not sure what kind of volunteer opportunity is right for you? Think about looking for a volunteer position related to your future career goals. Here are a few examples to get you started:

Animal shelters and zoos are always looking for volunteers. You could also offer to help a local farmer care for his or her animals.
See if your local fire department or police department has a junior volunteer program or offers ride-alongs.
Look for opportunities to volunteer at a summer camp, a daycare, in a religious school classroom or as a tutor.
Volunteer at a community event preparing food, or look for organizations that prepare and deliver meals to homebound individuals.
Help out at a blood drive or volunteer to visit patients in a children’s hospital or nursing home.
Many not-for-profits need help organizing and staffing events such as fundraising galas, pledge drives and run/walks.
Choose a candidate you would like to support in a local election and help run his or her campaign or join a political action committee.

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