Employers look for candidates who have relevant experience. If you are lacking in experience you need to take steps to build experience. Having an internship during your graduate program will greatly improve your chances of landing a career position once you graduate. Many employers begin looking for summer interns in the fall (i.e. fall 2017 for an internship for summer 2018). Before you begin looking for an internship, familiarize yourself with the CPT (Curricular Practical Training) rules.