/ Asked by Ivonne
What should I do as a computer science freshman with no programming experience over the summer? I know that it is difficult to find an internship position as someone with no experience, it would be nice to know if there are any good mentor programs/internships for freshmen. Pay does not matter to me, I just want to learn. Or are there any entry level positions that could help me develop skills? Where should I look?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, February 29, 2016
High five to you for realizing you need to get in there and find some options to gain experience while you are an undergrad.  Feel free to check out our programs at www.att.jobs/college.  We are looking for a little more time under your belt for some of our internships/development programs, but it is never to early to start investigating what's out there and gathering the skills, courses and contacts needed to turn yourself into the candidate of a company's dreams.

So many of the big tech companies have programs that could be an awesome opportunity for you, so take the time to do your research.  Career sites are a great place to start.  Networking is also a key component of not just finding the right internship, but of hitting the other area you mentioned...finding a good mentor.  It can be an excellent boost to find someone who can guide your trajectory!

Best of luck to you in the future!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, March 2, 2016
It is great to hear that you are thinking about your future. Many freshmen believe that it is too far away, but believe me, when I say TIME FLIES! I would first do your research to see if there are certain companies that offer job shadow programs or programs for freshmen. In terms of how you would research, a simple Google search may bring up companies who offer opportunities to people in your position. I would also suggest talking to your professors, student advisors, and career services. These people are a great resource to use while doing your research and trying to find opportunities to gain experience.

If you find that you cannot find an opportunity that provides you with the experience you are looking for, you could download software that you may use in future internships. Learning software on your own would be a great way to make you stand out from other candidates applying for the same internship. Some ways to learn new software would be reading books on the subject and watching video tutorials on YouTube.

If one path does not work, do not give up; there is always another path you can take. Good luck with your research and I wish you the best!
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Wednesday, March 2, 2016
It’s very smart of you to be looking for internships during your freshman year! Having several internships under your belt by the time you graduate will greatly help you! https://www.looksharp.com/ is a great resource when looking for internships. I would also recommend talking with your career services team and your professors. They will have a lot of contacts that they can share with you! Good luck!
-Nell
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