/ Asked by J.M.
When is the best time to start doing internships? Is the summer before my sophmore year too early?
Answered by Phil, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Monday, June 4, 2018
Hi there - great question! I don't really think there is a "best" time to start doing internships. Most companies are looking for students who have completed a certain set of courses or a specific number of years of school, so read the internship descriptions carefully. If you meet the minimum qualifications, by all means, apply! Internships are an excellent way to gain real-life experience and put your classroom knowledge to work. Best of luck in your search! -Phil
Answered by Natesa, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Thanks for asking! Like Phil said above, there isn’t really a “best” time to start doing internships. Typically, most companies hire rising seniors and rising juniors for summer internships, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t going to consider a rising sophomore. If you meet the basic qualifications and have experiences to discuss during an interview, there is a possibility you could obtain an internship. Summer internships are not the only way to gain real-life experiences over the Summer. If you are unable to obtain an internship the Summer before your sophomore year, it’s important to make sure you’re still spending your time constructively, gaining experiences you can talk about later (i.e. volunteer opportunities, summer jobs…). Hope this helps!
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Hi! I would agree with the other professionals who have commented on this answer that there is no real "best time", but typically employers hire for rising juniors and seniors. The reason for this is because they've typically narrowed down their career path and have taken certain courses. Hiring upperclassmen also allows employers to  truly assess whether or not they'd be a good fit for the job/company upon graduation. That being said, if you feel you fit the qualifications I would encourage you to still apply and see what happens, it's never too early to get experience!
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