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Is summer after freshman year to early for an internship?

Asked Springfield, Massachusetts

I"m curious when a college student should start looking for internships. #internships

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Julie’s Answer

Updated Atlanta, Georgia

I say it's never too early. The worst they can say is no and you try again next year/semester with a stronger resume! Just be sure to visit your career center at your school to look it over. At our organization, we are often excited to take students who are in a variety of education stages--- freshmen to graduates. Freshmen come in with a great willingness to learn and we have the opportunity to mold their minds to what our industry standards are. Seniors or graduates have extensive knowledge that we can apply to more complex projects. None is better than the other, just different!! Just be open minded and keep trying. Network with your professors and advisors early!

Updated
Agreed! Don't qualify yourself off from opportunity. As a freshman, it will take additional research, networking, and persistence to land an internship but it's definitely doable. Internships are a great way to get exposure to your field of study or eventual career path, so the sooner you do that, the better. You may be able to land this internship through traditional means, like your school's career center or a job board, but you may need to find unconventional opportunities as well through networking with family, friends, and professors.

Catherine’s Answer

Updated

Hello - the sooner you can secure a summer internship the better! You will gain more experience and can move to different areas in the field according to your likes and dislikes

Catherine recommends the following next steps:

  • Start planning at least 6 months ahead
  • Search local corporate websites also may be opportunities at your college or a nearby one
  • More experiences you have the better you can determine the area that you would like to work in after college
  • Good Luck