get a small research project with a company he'd like to work for. Or offer to work for them for free over this semester.
I did exactly this. I worked on a research project with a very large company this summer. At the end of the summer, I asked if I could stay on to finish the project even if it was for free. They actually decided to pay me. So I will work part time with them during this last semester. However, I don't see it turning into a job.
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