Many Park students engage in their first internship after their first year. But before that time, it's a good idea to start networking, and perhaps shadow some professionals during the breaks in your first year.
You can start by meeting with professionals in IC's office of Career Services for assistance – they can help you assess your interests, strengths and skills, create a resume, participate in practice interviews, research organizations and employers, and finally search and apply for opportunities. For first year students, there's an online guide to making a four-year career plan and assessing your interests and strengths. Career Services is found at 101 Muller Faculty Center (near the bookstore).
While each organization follows its own recruitment schedule, we recommend that a student begins the process approximately 6-9 months in advance of when they hope to participate in an internship. Students may participate in an internship in the fall, spring or summer semester.