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When is the best time to apply for internships in computer science or economics?

I am an Information Systems major hoping to double major in Economics and minor in Computer Science. #computer-science #computer-software #economics #information-systems

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Candace’s Answer

Hi Nicholas,

Summer internship application season actually begins in autumn of the year prior, around the time universities hold their fall career fairs. It runs all the way up to late May. I would say look at the company where you want to intern and reach out. My daugher is a Chemical Engineering major and she actually got an internship while she was in high school. She received a scholarship as a result.
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Anil’s Answer

A lot of big companies in Tech start recruiting for interns almost a year in advance. I would say to land a summer internship it would be best to start at around September -November time frame for most ideal times.

Companies will continue into February, and do a bunch of one off hires later then.

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Polina’s Answer

The earlier you start (perhaps as early as the fall of the previous year) the better. A lot of university career offices will hold resumes/interview clinics which tend to be less overworked and a better resource earlier in the term. Attending those can expose you to the university's corporate partners, and potentially line you up for real interviews in the future. Applying early with a proofread resume and practiced interview skills will help you stand out from the crowd.
It would also help to see if your school helps sponsor folk to attend local tech conferences - I personally had more luck finding positions more tailored to my skillset in those.
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Elias’s Answer

I will only speak to the CS side b/c that's my background, but I imagine the same would be true for econ majors, or any major for that matter.

To echo Candace:

You can get an internship virtually anytime, but typically college students get internships after their sophomore or junior years. Personally, I was fortunate to land an internship as a software engineer after my freshman year, which really gave me a great perspective of what SWEs do at a very early stage in my collegiate career. So, I'd say it's never too early (within reason). As long as you have some skills that you can bring to the table, you can and should apply for an internship.

If you go to a career fair or apply for an internship and they tell you it's too soon, don't worry, just stay in touch with that person and apply again next year. And you should ask what type of skills they're looking for so that you can make sure you obtain those skills for when you apply next year.

But to answer you question directly, it's really never too early to look for and apply for internships, you just need to make sure to do your research on the company and you have some of the skills they would need so that you can be successful in the internship. Hope that helps answer your questions.

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