Internships: Frequently Asked Questions
- Will CDC place me in an internship?
- When are most internship deadlines?
- Are internships only offered to juniors?
- How can I get help with deciding what internship I should pursue?
- What should I do if I can't find any internships I like posted online?
Since requirements and deadlines vary a great deal, you are responsible for identifying and applying for internships yourself. However, we offer assistance in the form of individual advising, internship listings via Handshake, career fairs, information sessions, and workshops.
Application deadlines are set by individual organizations and vary widely. Well-established annual programs have early deadlines (e.g. October), whereas small companies may not know whethere they will require summer interns until March or April, and sometimes later.
It is in your best interest to begin your summer internship search during the fall term so that you do not miss out on early deadlines.
Although you may be most competitive for internships that will be completed the summer before your senior year, companies do accept applications from and hire underclassmen for summer internships. You are encourage to begin interning as early as you can in order to maximize the amount of career-related experience you obtain before graduation.
The Career Development Center can assist with your initial exploration, application procedures and final decision-making. Schedule an appointment on Handshake or stop by CDC during walk-in hours for general information and assistance with developing an action plan for your internship search.
Applying to advertised openings is one way to search for internships. The Career Development Center will assist you in developing networking skills and utilizing proactive internship search strategies to identify opportunities of interest.