I'm studying physics and I've just had my first week of second year. I know it's very early, but I'm determined to get an internship next summer. I am not completely sure how to get one. I imagine it's probably similar to finding a summer job, I find the universities who have a research group working on the topic I'm interested on, and I send out letters of application to them detailing my university modules and results so far, as well as any other relevant skills I have acquired. I know that recommendations from professors are useful, however not one of them knows me enough to make such a recommendation meaningful. Hopefully one of the universities accepts me, and I go over to work there for 1/2 months, getting some kind of payment in the end. So, if I have any misconceptions about the whole procedure, could someone correct them. Also, how early do I have to apply for the internship. I'm thinking just after I get my results from the first semester, which should be some time in early January. And most importantly, what can I do to maximise my chances of getting one? Thank you.