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Asked by Danny on May 29, 2015

I'm going to be a junior in the fall. I don't have a job or internship this summer, and don't know what I should do with my time. Am I too late in finding either of these? If so, what should I do?

Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on May 29, 2015

It is never too late to pursue something that will provide you with good experience.  Whether that is an official internship or a summer job, both will help you to gain experience that will be valuable when you are pursuing a full time position later on.  It may be difficult at this point to find a summer internship for 2015, but you can at least focus on companies with which you have interest or who are in the field that is of interest to you.  A good bet might be to focus on smaller companies who may have greater flexibility to hire in the short term.  Or some companies offer fall internships or practicum positions which you could pursue on a part-time basis during the school year.  In any case, having experience to place on your resume, regardless of the perceived 'prestige' of that experience, is critical when you do pursue your full time job.

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Answered by Emily, Hiring Expert at Praxair, Inc., on May 29, 2015

First of all, it’s great that you are recognizing that finding an internship or summer position will be helpful in your future career path.  While most large companies begin filling their summer internship opportunities around January-February, I don’t think it’s too late for you to find something.  Try to find a position that is related to what you are studying but keep an open mind.  For instance, if you are an Accounting major don’t limit yourself to just accounting internships – Also look in related fields like Tax, Payroll, Finance, Procurement, etc.  If you are unable to find an available paid internship, consider volunteering with a local organization that is in need of services related to your major – This will still look great on your resume and show that you are interested in your field and contributing back to your community.

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Answered by Monica, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on May 29, 2015

I agree that it’s never too late to search for opportunities.  Some federal and state agencies are still accepting applications for summer opportunities.  You could find more information at https://www.usajobs.gov/ .  Specifically, the US Department of State Pathways Experience Program (ITEP) just opened their application window today.  Should you have any questions, please contact HRSC@state.gov .

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on June 3, 2015

It’s never too late to start searching for a job, internship or other resume building opportunities. I would recommend checking local job postings to determine if companies are still hiring for summer interns. If not, a lot of companies will hire interns throughout the school year and this would be a great time to get a jump start on trying to locate a fall internship. If you are unable to find an internship for this summer, I would recommend searching for a part-time job or volunteer opportunities. These are both great opportunities to build your resume and it will look good to a potential employer that you kept busy throughout your college career.

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