When do most comp sci internships start?
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
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.
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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!
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.
Most internships start in May or June after school ends. But you should start searching internships early cause they fill up quickly