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When do most comp sci internships start?

Asked Somerdale, New Jersey

I’m going to be a junior in computer science this coming fall, and I would like to begin searching for internships for the experience. I am going to have to take a summer class during the month of May. Are there internships that allow you to start in the middle of the summer, or are there any other times of the year that would be great to land an internship for me? #internship #computer #computer-science #stem #womeninstem #software #softwaredeveloper #softwareengineer #computer-software #engineer #technology

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Tanya’s Answer

Updated Portland, Oregon

This is a great question! Thanks for asking!

Different companies and institutions have different schedules with respect to when they begin recruiting their interns. In the IT sector, larger companies like Microsoft, Google and GitHub start pretty early at the larger universities. They do a good job of describing their recruiting schedules on their websites. For example:




These big companies might recruit as early as November for a summer internship that starts most often in May or June. Sometimes internships can take place during the school year, during the Spring or Fall semester. This means you miss a semester of courses, perhaps delay your graduation date, but make pretty good money while developing skills.

Smaller companies often recruit their interns much later in the academic schedule. Often this involves learning about the local companies in your city and finding out what their internship openings are on their respective websites.

Tanya recommends the following next steps:

  • Don't hesitate to attend an internship fair at a larger university that's near you! I grew up in a little city in Oregon; during college, my friends and I got together in a friend's old car and drove up to the University of Washington in Seattle to attend their career and internship fair. Visit the websites of nearby universities to find out when their internship and career fairs are.

Casey’s Answer

Generally internships start in early June. My company doesn't have an exact start date, but offers a range of about a month for interns to start depending on their personal schedule.

Although internships generally start in the summer, many companies (including mine) will start recruiting and interviewing potential interns as early as November, so start looking early!

Casey, most of them typically start at early summer, June ish time..however, many companies start the interview and selection process as early as Oct/Dec. the best thing that you can do is follow up directly with the company that you have interested, tell your interest and ask for the timeframe/best way to apply it. Thanks Siva

Megan’s Answer

Updated Farmington, Connecticut

All of my internships started around late May or early June. It depends on the company and you may be able to choose what day you start if you have conflicts with school or other things. When you are in the interview process, you are able to ask about the date ranges that the internship would be in.

I would also suggest looking into and applying for internships right around the start of school (August/Sept/Oct). I had all of my internships lined up for the next summer before Fall semester was done. I also recall some fellow classmates struggling to find internships around spring time because most companies already have their positions filled by then.

I had no idea that I should start looking for a summer internship so early! Thanks for the tip.

John’s Answer

Updated Dallas, Texas

Most internships start in May or June after school ends. But you should start searching internships early cause they fill up quickly

To expand on the prior answer, internships are often posted in early fall around September (soon after school begins) and interns are hired in late fall (October, November) with start dates in the following May or June. If you're interested in a summer internship, then you may need to start looking as soon as your school year begins the year before!