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How long do internships last?

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How long does one usually commit to an internship?
Are there different kinds of internships that last different lengths? Does it depend on the field?
How long can you have the same internship?


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Marylee’s Answer

I work for an accounting firm, where I first started as an intern myself! While summer internships are the most common at my company when students are off of school, we also have interns who come in during the winter. Companies are often willing to work around your academic schedule and what works best for you, and internships range from 8 weeks to 3-4 months. Some universities will even allow you to participate in a co-op program that can last up to 6 months. This kind of program can give you a great opportunity to get a feel for a company and what working for them might be like!


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Cara’s Answer

I have had two internships for accounting firms, one Big 4 and one regional firm. I will give a few details about each.


Big 4

This was a summer internship and it lasted about 10 weeks, including 1 week of training. It began in early June and ended in the first half of august. So I did have some time between the internship and going back to school. I know that the timeline of the internships at the firm vary based upon the program/line of service.


Regional Firm

This was a winter internship that lasted about 4 weeks between Spring and Fall semester. My school had a bit of an extended break between semesters (6 weeks), so this was a good fit. While some companies do offer internships as short as 4 weeks, I would suggest looking for a longer internship if your schedule allows. This will give you more time to understand what the job entails and see if it may be a good long-term fit for you!


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