/ Asked by Duo
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. 
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