Summer Research Programs and Interships
I am currently a junior and will be entering my senior year next fall.
I want to pursue graduate school, so I would like to get into a summer research program like Reus or any others for the summer of 2013.
However, I hear summer research programs are very hard to get into if you're a white male and that many accepted applicants are not top students. So I'm not sure what my chances are for these programs even if my GPA and experience is pretty good.
If anyone have any words of wisdom for applying for summer research programs, I'm all ears.
Regarding internships, I will probably resort to internships if I don't get accepted into an REU program. When do you guys typically apply for internships? I see career fairs going on at my school and know a few students who have already interviewed for summer internships as early as September. Would it be too late to find an internship after I find out whether I will be accepted or not at the summer research programs I apply for (Probably in late spring)?
My concern is I don't want to screw myself over and end up doing nothing the summer before my senior year.