You’d like to apply for your dream job, or—even better—submit a proposal to your dream company for a job that may or may not actually exist (yet). But even if these employers can use your talent and labor, the two of you will have to navigate around one small issue: You won’t available to start work for another five months. You haven’t graduated yet, and it’s your goal to line up a position for yourself that you can step into immediately after you receive your diploma. How can you convince employers to take a chance on you, or keep a position open for you, or even create a position that will be there waiting for you when you’re ready to get started? Here are a few application tips.