/ Asked by James
Is it too late to secure an internship after I graduate from college, like 2 years after?
Answered by Marisella, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Hello,

It's never too late to consider internships! However, you may find some companies have requirements to be currently enrolled in school to be considered an intern. I would begin researching companies that do not require this since you are seeking industry experience after graduation. I would also seek rotational programs where you spend 3-9 months in certain areas within a specific field. Rotational programs are typically geared toward recent graduates looking for experience. Hope this information is helpful and good luck! 
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Interesting Question! In my professional opinion; yes, it is too late to apply for internships. At this point in your career your focus should really be on fulltime employment. However, I understand that there may be circumstances where an internship may be appropriate. Say if you are looking to gain new skills in an field where you don’t have any experience. If that is the case, that is ok! Go for it! Sometimes you do what you need to do in order to follow your path! Keep in mind though that most companies looking for an intern will require a student who is currently enrolled in a degree program or a recent graduate within the last 6 months. A few other options for you, if you are looking to pick up new skills would be to volunteer or to get a certification in something. I wish you all the best!
-Nell
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, October 16, 2015
Not at all.  Many people who have internships are non-traditional students, some of whom have families.  What is most important is that you take the necessary steps to pursue a career for which you are passionate.  When communicating with companies about your interest in an internship, either on a cover letter or verbally, be up front and honest with them and explain how you got to this point in your career.  They will appreciate the fact that you have the courage to take a step back and pursue a career that you are truly passionate about and are willing to do what ever it takes to get there.  Bear in mind though, that you may have to make some sacrifices to do this.  Specifically, most internships are short term, do not offer benefits, and may require you to move temporarily to a new location.  If you are willing to make these sacrifices, then taking this step for the betterment of your career is absolutely appropriate.
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