When should you start your first Internship?

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I can imagine...</p>

<p>One of my nieces got a research assistant position during her freshman year. She came in with two semesters of AP credits. She's had internships for all three summers and she is published as well. I think that she contacted professors (or maybe she had some professors in her extended network) to snag the freshman position.</p>

<p>Yep! thats true.</p>

<p>You need to be able to bring some knowledge or experience to the table if you want to get to do anything other than fetch coffee/do copying. That said, just being in an organizational environment can be educational in itself, even if the task is dull and repetitive.</p>

<p>Start with local, modest internships freshman and sophomore year and before. That way, junior and senior year with you have a professional reputation established it will be easier to get prestigious internships in your field, whether they take you to Wall Street, Washington DC, Hollywood, Texas, or elsewhere.</p>

<p>A lot of internships want you to be at least 18. If you cant find an internship start volunteering. When your school starts I would go to the career center or what ever your school offers. I called the local hospitals with in a 20 mile radius and found an internship</p>

<p>I agree with viciouspoultry wait till summer its the best time to intern. Keep in mind some application will come out for summer internship/research as soon as October so start looking.
you can ask your teachers to if you want its not a bad place to start
good luck</p>

<p>Why do so many internship requirements in NYC ask for the college student to be of junior standing?</p>