Volunteer Experience

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A common dilemma faced by new college graduates seeking their first job is the fact that employers are looking for people with experience. How are you supposed to get experience when no one will hire you? The answer is to volunteer, and begin volunteering as early as possible. There are many volunteer opportunities available that will provide you with experience directly related to NRES and your future career goals. It is also possible to earn internship credit so that your experience shows up on your transcript. Many of the organizations that need volunteers also have paid positions available, and you will be more attractive for those jobs if you have a volunteer record with the organization. Here are some terrific resources for finding volunteer opportunities:

In the Champaign-Urbana area, try:

Most natural resource areas and organizations have volunteer opportunities, so explore web pages of those that are near where you live.