I am writing to inquire about summer architecture internships or experiences that would be helpful to a 2nd year architecture student. Would you be able to point me in the right direction? It seems after searching that internships are often offered to the upper level students. Perhaps a better option would be to seek other career-related opportunities for the course of the summer. What would be most helpful at this point in my education?
I will share what I can, but if you provided your school/region of the country I might be of more assistance.
First, seeking a summer career-related experience is a precursor to your employment after graduation and is process of preparing your materials (resume, cover letters, portfolio, etc.), researching potential employers and making the match.
Start with your University Career Center to help you with your materials. Perhaps have faculty or upper level students help with your portfolio; a good book is Portfolio Design (portfoliodesign.com). At the same time research potential firms or employers that could use your talents/skills. These may be other than architecture firms.
Once you have done these two steps, now contact the firm with your materials to schedule an interview. Again, the Career Center can help you with cover letters and interviewing.
It may be difficult but start now and be persistent and ask for lots of help.