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When should a graduate start looking for internships?

planning for my senior year and preparation for after graduation. #internship #agriculture #sustainability

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Melodi’s Answer

Keep in mind, smaller organizations or governmental departments may not have formal internship positions posted but may be in need of help. In college, I reached out to the City about a sustainability paper I was working on and ended up creating an unpaid (very part-time, 3 hrs a week) internship position helping them establish a grant program. So, if there is an organization you like and end up doing an informational interview with them, keep your ears open for an opportunity to create an internship (they may not be paid, though).
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Sylvia’s Answer

It's never too early to start looking for internships if you have a free summer or extra hours during the school year where you can get some experience!

Typically, bigger companies recruit for summer internships for college students in the spring semester of their sophomore and junior year (for internships in the summer before junior and senior year). That's when you can start attending information sessions with bigger companies to network and/or browsing their websites to apply online. Some companies may offer internships during the school year, which you may have to research online or attend career fairs at your school to learn about.

Otherwise, small to medium size companies could always use extra help, so if you hustle hard enough, you should be able to find an organization that will let you do a part-time internship, or even shadow someone who's job you are interested in. You can always break the ice with an organization by contacting someone for an informational interview (e.g., casual coffee chat or phone chat to ask them about what they do, ask them if there's anyone else they think you should talk to), and it may develop into an official opportunity. The earlier you start this, the better - good luck!
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Wael’s Answer

Are you planning for your highschool senior year or university senior year? If it is highschool then you are a bit early; apply for internships for your first summer in university, after freshmen and before sophomore years. If you are in university, apply NOW!

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