Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Some companies, especially smaller companies and start-ups will allow individuals to volunteer in that capacity. You get the benefit of the experience and they get free labor. If you are truly looking at a volunteer opportunity I would suggest getting in contact with your local United Way organization. If you cannot volunteer with them directly in that capacity they should be able to connect you with other organizations that may be able to utilize your skills and services on a volunteer basis. You never know, your volunteer experience may turn into full time employment. Signing up for contract work with a sourcing company is another option that you can use. Regardless of what option you choose make sure that you have a solid portfolio put together, both in hard copy and electronic format. Make sure that both items are professional in appearance and represent your body of work. A well done presentation of your work and professional interview may be just tip the balance in your favor when speaking with potential employers.