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How hard is it to acquire an internship the summer after the first year of college?

I am attending a very competitive college and getting an internship the first summer after my first year at the institution will give me a leg up in the competition for jobs. #college #internship

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Megan’s Answer

Really make use of your college's career center and advisors. Make an appointment at the career center early on, and they can really help you find companies and opportunities that match your interests/experience, as well as help you with your resume and interview skills.

Your professors also have great connections, so get to know them. Especially the ones whose subjects you are passionate about. Ask them if they know of any summer opportunities in the field.

It is definitely possible to have an internship after your first year if you are proactive about it.

A lot of companies offer micro-internships specifically for freshmen or sophomores in college. Look into those, and start early, in the fall if you can. Getting an internship can take a lot of attempts, so just keep at it

Megan recommends the following next steps:

Make an appointment with your Career Center
Get to know your professors
Develop your resume
Practice interview skills
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Ken’s Answer

Hi Lucia!


It might not be very hard.


Here are a few sties to use for assistance:


http://www.fastweb.com/


http://www.internshipprograms.com/


https://careers.state.gov/intern/pathways


You could also create your own internship program. If you could find someone working in your area of interest who would be interested in working with you as an intern, you could work things out with your school counselor to set one up. It is a great way for you to become involved in one that would be the beneficial for all involved.


Send thank you notes to those who help. Keep me posted. I would like to follow your progress!

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Simeon’s Answer

All interns walk into the job market with the same level of experience, so you shouldn't be at a disadvantage compared to other students who are further along in their degree. If you've already applied to the ones you're aware of, I'd recommend reaching out to your professors and friends to see if they're aware of any internships that you haven't been made aware of yet. Also, consider the possibility that an internship might be in a town over if you are really dedicated to finding an opportunity. You'd have to find a way to make the logistics work, which would be harder if its a particularly long internship.
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