I totally understand. I'm not expecting to find something right after I graduate, but I want to go into writing/publishing/editorial stuff which is impossible to break into without experience/connections/a foot in the door. And my program is very connected with potential internships and I don't want to waste that advantage.
I don't really have qualifications for paid jobs in my desired field which is why I want an internship.
I'm doing that now. The magazine thing is student-run and it ends in the spring.
Most of the internships are 20-30 hrs a week. And sabbaticals aren't really a thing at this job. I'm just a legal assistant.
Haha that's the advice my dad gave when I asked him. He's super practical and prefers stability. He also offered to cover my living expenses, but I told him I could handle it.