As the school year begins to wind down, students across the country are preparing for their summer internships — and for good reason. People with internship experiences report having higher rates of employment and higher starting salaries.
"The best time to apply for internships is in August, and February is the best time to apply for summer internships, based on the number of openings," Monster career expert Vicki Salemi tells CNBC Make It.
If you missed the peak summer internship application season in February, do not fear. There are still several steps you can take to make sure that you make the most of your time off school.
Here are three things to do if you don't have a summer internship yet: