An internship is not at all necessary between your first and second years. Do what you love to do. I worked as a lifeguard between my first year and second years. This past summer, between my second and third years, I worked as an Orientation Leader instead of pursuing an internship. It is important to remember that you are not expected to complete an internship during these summers and that everyone has a different story. I viewed my Orientation Leader experience as an opportunity to improve myself in a holistic sense. I looked to enhance my public speaking ability, among other skills. Don’t forget, however, that everyone has taken a different path to get where they are today. Some of my friends traveled, some took classes, and some even took the summer off to relax. There isn’t a set path to success; do what you love and everything else will fall into place.
-Third-Year McIntire Student