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I'm a college freshman, and I'm eager to have an intern in summer 2019. I can do anything, be anywhere, as long as a company accepts me. I've visited my career center, went to every career fair, and have applied accordingly. Still, I don't think I have a decent chance of getting an internship. What is the best way for me to earn an internship?
Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, on Thursday, September 13, 2018
It's great that you're eager, however, don't let "stinkin' thinkin'" get you down! You're early in your college career, so just breathe. To land an internship, you have a few avenues. First, continue to visit the career center. Second, talk to the professors in your major. They may have relationships. Third, talk to upperclassmen in your major. I actually landed my college internship in my senior year through the student network and that turned into a career. Fourth, try to diversify your use of job boards. Fifth, call companies or organizations that you're interested in directly. That sends a good signal about your eagerness. While you're looking, keep your grades up and get involved outside the classroom, as well. Good luck!
Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Some companies simply do not take freshman for internships because they are wanting to hire candidates straight out of the internship. There are some organizations, however, that do offer internships to freshman. I would focus on your extra curriculars and campus involvement. It's important to show that you have the ability to multitask, take on additional responsibilities, and perform accordingly. 
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, September 26, 2018
It's great that you are working toward securing an internship so early on in your college career. Your career center should have the best knowledge of which companies offer internships to freshmen. Your peers are also a great resource. However, several companies just don't offer internships to freshmen so I think these opportunities are likely going to be few and far between (especially if you're looking at larger corporations). Don't let this discourage you though! Use your network. This is going to be your best resource to start getting your name out there. Also, some companies offer early identification programs or leadership summits for underclassmen. These aren't necessarily an internship experience, but a shortened experience where you can gain exposure to companies earlier on. Typically, companies will host these at their headquarters for a day or up to a week. These can take place at various times throughout the year and will vary by company.  You can typically find this information on company websites, your school website or through career fairs or other on-campus recruiting events.

Good luck!
Answered by Lina, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Monday, December 10, 2018
Hi there! I love hearing about students starting early! Now, it may actually be difficult to get an internship so early in your collegiate career, mainly because companies typically have internships with the goal of converting their interns into fulltime employees, and they can't do this with a freshman. However, don't let this deter you! It may be difficult but it's not totally unheard of. I recommend attending internship fairs if your school has them, and also speaking to your school's internship coordinator, they may be more familiar with companies who are open to students who aren't juniors or seniors.
If you aren't able to get an internship, don't forget that there are other ways to still gain experience and develop transferable skills. A part-time job in retail or food & beverage will still help you gain soft skills that you can transfer to other roles so you can always start there. Another good place to look for internships or part-time jobs is on campus. Check with different departments to see if they're hiring, often times, they can be a little more flexible with requirements than a traditional company and it's really convenient to work on-campus. Best of luck!!
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