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No Internship for Summer After Freshman Year

kiah831kiah831 4 replies4 threads New Member
I am currently a freshman about to enter my second semester of college and I'm a little worried about the fact that I do not have a summer internship locked down. I am an anthropology major and did not realize how difficult it can be for us humanities majors to get an internship, most of my friends who are in STEM have been able to secure internships for not only the next semester, but also for the summer. Trust me, I've heard every joke in the book about humanities / social science majors being worthless, but I truly love my major and absolutely don't intend to change it. I am planning on working and taking GE classes at a community college over the summer instead so that I can still be productive, but can't help but feel disheartened while I watch what feels like everyone besides myself get an internship during our next big break.

Anyways, enough rambling. Is it really so bad that I don't have an internship for the summer? Any tips from fellow humanities / social science majors?
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  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 7313 replies34 threads Senior Member
    edited January 2019
    No. Take the summer classes. It is more likely to get something after your sophomore /junior year anyway. Stem is essentially the same with some exceptions. Doing something positive each summer is the key. Taking classes will help you get ahead so you know you will graduate in time. Keep in mind most summer classes are accelerated also so take like 2 and do well in them.
    edited January 2019
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  • websensationwebsensation 2132 replies40 threads Senior Member
    I heard from my kid who goes to a school in the West coast that STEM majors have to apply to 50 or even 100 internship positions because even though there is a lot of demand for let's say CS majors, the supply is huge. But non-STEM majors, even though it's hard, there is not as much competition. My kid was able to get an internship position for his freshman summer with a stipend in another country whose language he spoke pretty well. If you speak another language, you might want to look for an internship position using your language as a hook.
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  • itsgettingreal17itsgettingreal17 4110 replies28 threads Senior Member
    @websensation allow me to crack a joke (not at your kid’s expense! I think it’s awesome that he got a paid internship abroad!). So are you telling us that Stanford kids have to compete for internships and don’t have employers lining up to hire them for $4,000 per week positions? 😉
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  • websensationwebsensation 2132 replies40 threads Senior Member
    edited April 2019
    Non-STEM kids anywhere have to try harder. Internships with stipends are not easy to come by for them. That’s the reality. :). Some of the kids who applied for the spot were Stanford kids.
    edited April 2019
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  • Rivet2000Rivet2000 1591 replies3 threads Senior Member
    While traveling to attend an event I had the opportunity to take my S and four classmates to lunch. One of the topics that came up was what everyone will be doing over the summer. I took that as an opportunity to get some info on their experiences with internships. Here’s the points I walked away with. Note that they are all junior year students (three CS majors, one EE and one Chem). All have had internships beginning freshman year (save for one who went on an extended family vacation with her family). So, a small sampling of STEM focused experiences.

    Complete agreement that freshman year internships were the hardest to land. Some mentioned competition in general and from sophomore/junior/senior students.

    Sophomore year internship applications resulted in more call backs and interviews and for junior year, most reported being contacted directly by recruiters from the big tech firms.

    A few mentioned using connections (profs, grad students, family) to gain interviews. All on LinkedIn with healthy connections and use of InMail.

    Two had at least one summer as a paid research intern.

    Three had at least one summer in a startup. All three mentioned their preference of the startup environments as opposed to the big tech companies (in general).

    All have internships tied down for 2019 after which they all feel like they will have had experience from some of the companies they consider to represent the internship gold standard: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Uber were all mentioned.
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  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU 14500 replies106 threads Forum Champion
    No, it is not bad that you don't have an internship after freshman year. However, make this productive by working at any kind of job or taking courses.
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