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What plans do you have for your summer vacation? Will you be working on your tan or enjoying the air conditioning at the mall? These activities might be fun, but they won't help you get ahead in your career.

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Students normally wait for summer every year to make the best out of the break between semesters to obtain essentials for building their careers. Countless opportunities would usually line up for students and college graduates ranging from internships and fellowships to workshops and part-time jobs.

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Summer is in the air and all you want to do is sprawl yourself out on a beach chair, slurp a fruity, refreshing beverage, and soak up some rays. Your career is the LAST thing on your mind.

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There you are: sitting on the beach, covered in sunscreen, reading your favorite book, drinking your favorite drink under the cool shade of an umbrella. Life doesn’t get any better than this… Suddenly, a door slams, a phone rings, a printer turns on. You jolt back into consciousness. You’re at work, sitting in your cubicle, without even a hint of sunshine streaming in from outside. The days of sleeping in until 12 then spending the day at the beach on a random Tuesday are gone. Related: 6 Tips For Kick-Starting Your Career This Summer When you’re working a full-time job, finding time to enjoy the warm, bright summer weather can be a challenge. This is especially true for young professionals, as many of them are used to having summers off (or, at the very least, having a flexible summer schedule). But there’s no need to feel trapped behind your cubicle walls. Go out and enjoy summer. As an insightful hip-hopper once said, YOLO! Here are a few tips for making the most out of your summer while working full-time:

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If the recent Polar Vortex has taught us anything, it's that winter is very much alive and well. While you're sitting by the fire or trying to shovel away all that snow, you're probably counting down the days for sunshine, clear skies, and of course, that valuable summer internship. Wait, what? Isn't it too early to start thinking about summer internships? After all, you may have just landed a spring opportunity or participated in a short winter internship. However, the time to start researching, creating contacts, and putting yourself on the path to nabbing a summer internship is now. As with any job search, finding the right opportunity takes time, sometimes spanning many months. The sooner you start building and following through with your summer internship plan, the more success you'll have. Assuming you have the next five months to dedicate to your summer internship search, use the following timeline to steer your way to the right opportunity:

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