Internships and Preparation Work
You'll be more likely to get a job after college if you are well-prepared. It's all too easy to get distracted in college, to focus on purely academics and the social joys on campus. Yet, you need to keep your focus also on the fact that college is a preparation stage for the rest of your life. Your life's work begins professionally in a lot of ways in college. Durings summers, breaks, or the year, consider an internship for credit. Try to get more than one intership throughout your college career. Although it pays little to nothing (except perhaps college credit, if you're lucky), an internship allows you the privilege of working at the most exciting places in your industry and maknig connections that can last for life.
Resumes of college graduates are usually quite short. Another perk of an internship is that it gives you an impressive addition to your resume. If a job recruiter sees successfully completed internships and a job reference from an important person at NBC (or an esteemed company in your field), you will likely be given greater consideration.
Volunteer as well. You want to volunteer for non-profits in your field and for causes that you genuinely care about. Don't wait for an internship. Volunteer work can and should be used on a resume as it demonstrates your skills, how you use them successfully in productive work, your work ethic, and your willingness to help.
Balancing volunteer work, an internship, schoolwork, and a social life can seem like a lot, but it is successfully balanced by many students. If it gets to be too much, you can volunteer one semester, then intern the next.