If the recent Polar Vortex has taught us anything, it’s that winter is very much alive and well. While you’re sitting by the fire or trying to shovel away all that snow, you’re probably counting down the days for sunshine, clear skies, and of course, that valuable summer internship. Wait, what? Isn’t it too early to start thinking about summer internships? After all, you may have just landed a spring opportunity or participated in a short winter internship. However, the time to start researching, creating contacts, and putting yourself on the path to nabbing a summer internship is now. As with any job search, finding the right opportunity takes time, sometimes spanning many months. The sooner you start building and following through with your summer internship plan, the more success you’ll have. Assuming you have the next five months to dedicate to your summer internship search, use the following timeline to steer your way to the right opportunity:

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