Free resources to help students continue to build skills during the summer

Monday, April 6, 2020
UNH Gate in front of Thompson Hall

We know that many jobs, internships, and summer gigs have been postponed or canceled because of COVID-19. That doesn't have to spell the end of your summer career goals and professional development!

The advisers in Career and Professional Success have started to put together a list of free tools and resources you can use to build skills in three hot topic areas, Digital Marketing, Data Management/Analytics/Visualization, and Coding. These courses and modules require a wide variety of outcomes, time commitments, and skills you'll develop, so explore all of the options. We'll be continuing to build on this list and incorporate other topic areas for skills, so let us know what skills you would want to see added.

PLEASE NOTE: We've only highlighted tools and platforms that do NOT require payment or credit/debit card to access. Some do offer the ability to pay for a certificate at the end of the course, but payment is not required to view the material.

In addition to providing this list of resources, Career and Professional Success has also created a new FREE online Summer Career Academy. In this brand new six-week resource, you'll spend between 30-60 minutes a day building in-demand skills and completing essential career to-dos in line with the Wildcat Way to Professional Success. To see all the details, learn more, and sign up, visit

Questions? Connect with us via email, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter! We'll be updating this list and adding additional tools, so make sure to follow our accounts and bookmark

Digital Marketing



DURATION (If available)


Google Digital Garage

Fundamentals of Digital Marketing

  • 40H
  • 26 modules
  • Master the basics of digital marketing
  • Certification included
  • Course accredited by the Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe and The Open University

Hootsuite Academy

Hootsuite Platform Training

  • 2H 30M
  • Boost social media efforts
  • Learn to use core Hootsuite products to their full potential
  • You have to pay extra ($99) for the corresponding Hootsuite Platform certification

HubSpot Academy

Content Marketing

  • 6H 12M
  • 14 modules
  • Learn a content creation framework for producing effective content on a consistent basis
  • Create and repurpose content that both humans and search engines will love
  • Certification included


  • 1H 54M
  • 7 modules
  • Explore the foundations of inbound
  • Certification included


Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

  • 1H 35M
  • 5 modules
  • Evaluate and improve your website's SEO
  • Certification included

Social Media

  • 4H 24M
  • 10 modules
  • Develop an engaging and effective social media strategy for your business
  • Certification included


Introduction to Project Management

  • 6 weeks
  • 2-3 hours per week
  • Course is free but $199 for a verified certificate (not required)

Introduction to Modern Project Management Theory and Practice

  • 2-3 hours
  •  Optional Digital certificate for purchase upon completion ($25)

Sophia Online


Project Management

  • Self-paced 
  • Free registration offer through July 31st
  • Must complete within 60 days of enrollment


Data Management, Analytics & Visualization


Office 365 Training Center


Excel for Windows

  • Self-Paced
  • Various modules ranging from basic functions to more advanced features

HubSpot Academy


Inbound Sales

Content Marketing

Measuring the Growth of your Contacts Database

Set up your HubSpot CRM for Growth

  • Depends on the course
  • Mostly concise, user-friendly, wide variety of subject matters
  • Some courses are quick tutorials, not all of them offer a comprehensive overview of subject matters


Introduction to Management Information Systems (MIS): A Survival Guide

  • 6 weeks
  • 3-4 hours per week
  • Become familiar with the major trends in MIS and MIS infrastructures (Cloud, Big Data, ERPs, outsourcing) and how these evolutions will affect workplaces and business strategies


Research Data Management Training

  • Self-paced
  • 8 units 
  • 1 hour of work per unit
  • Guidelines to help you understand and reflect on how to manage the digital data you collect throughout your research
  • Has been crafted for the use of postgraduate students, early career researchers, and also information professionals
  • A certificate is available, but the certification is not free

Google Analytics Academy


Google Analytics for Beginners

Advanced Google Analytics

  • 4-6 hours to complete each course
  • You can use Analytics Academy to prepare for the Analytics Individual Qualification (IQ) exam—an industry-recognized qualification



Getting Started

Visual Analytics

Collaborate with Tableau Online

  • Modules vary
  • 20 minutes to 2 hours
  • Learn how to prepare, analyze, and share your data with Tableau
  • Modules can be completed independently of one another so you have the ability to choose what makes the most sense for you





DURATION (If available)



Learn C++

  • 20 hours
  • Full, comprehensive courses with accessible syllabi and easy-to-follow content progression
  • Follow the career path or skill path that aligns best with your interest
  • Includes a number of free courses from beginner to advanced coders
  • Offers additional features and courses with paid Pro subscription ($19.99 monthly), but this is not required to complete any of the free courses


Learn R

  • 6 hours

Learn Ruby

  • 10 hours

Learn How to Code

  • 20 hours

Certificates offered in:

Responsive Web Design

JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures

Front End Libraries

Data Visualization

APIs and Microservices

Information Security and Quality Assurance

  • 2000+ hours of practice, lessons, and tutorials available (not required)
  • Offers coding practice and tutorials, project work to demonstrate growth, and certification programs
  • Portfolio tracking
  • Coding Interview Prep available resource
  • Certificates offered

Envato Tuts+

Modern Javascript Fundamentals

  • 7-8 hours
  • A number of coding course offerings available, free options clearly marked to avoid confusion
  • Immediately begin the course, all materials readily accessible
  • Coding lessons and practice for beginners
  • Other courses are offered, however, not all lessons accessible without payment

Learn PHP for WordPress

  • 2-3 hours


Amazon Future Engineer (in partnership with Edhesive)



  • Focus on supporting students with an interest in  Computer Science and/or Engineering students from “childhood to career”
  • Beginner-level Computer Science courses offered
  • Primary focus is for grades K-12