I'm a junior majoring in chemical engineering at the University of Alabama and I'm on track to graduate in a year and a half. I feel very inadequate when I compare myself to my peers. I understand that industry experience is a pre-requisite in 95% of cases for entry level jobs. I also have a 3.3 gpa some volunteer experience and minimal extracurricular involvement. I've recently been working a lot harder and made a 3.6 this past semester but I feel like it's a lost cause. My questions are: what can I do to improve my chances of an internship? and how well founded are my worries? Also how much pull can a connection to a company have? I know that is ambiguous but I'm just trying to hear some personal anecdotes to compare to my situation.
I know I really need to calm down but this is really stressing me out.