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April 8, 2011

Credit: Luc Viatour

By Alex Braun

Springtime can do a lot to put you in a great mood, but the changing of the seasons might also bring dread to those who haven’t secured a summer internship. I won’t lie to you: This isn’t the ideal time to start looking. But it’s certainly not hopeless.

In fact, there will be a number of great internship opportunities this summer that haven’t even been posted yet.

By the end of March, the traditional summer internship hunting season begins to wane from it yearly peak, and many of employers that plan annual internship programs have already made their selections.

But think about it — businesses don’t just stand still for months. If employers could all accurately predict what their personnel needs would be so far in advance, they might not even need interns. But things change, and employers should be more tempted than ever to hire last-minute internship help this summer knowing that a large number of competitive candidates are still searching.

My colleagues who worked here last summer tell me that after a brief lull in April, postings accelerated again in May —  and we expect to see a similar (albeit short-lived) last-minute surge this year.

How do I know there are any decent last-minute internships? In 2007, I found my own best internship in May, as a multimedia intern at It was a dream come true for me at the time — a paid multimedia editor gig that lasted from June 1 until the end of August. I worked in downtown Chicago, where I shot reviews of exciting new vehicles and got to put together day shoots at outdoor festivals.

Midway through that summer, I got a callback from another internship I’d applied for in my early-May panic — and obviously had to turn it down. Remember: it’s not over until you say it is.

Interested in seeing the fruits of my labor as an intern (and an embarrassing haircut)? Check out the video below.

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