It’s Time to Talk About Internships
We know next summer feels like it’s a long way off, but it’s already time to start thinking about internships! Let’s get some input from our experts about when to look for internships and where to find them.

When To Look

Makailyn, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., shares, “When should you look for internships? To put the answer simply, sooner rather than later! While it is hard to speak to every company’s hiring process, a lot of companies start filling their summer internships the fall before. For example, we begin our recruiting process for the Summer 2020 positions in August of 2019. I would recommend starting your job search right away by exploring what companies you are interested in and then visiting career services to find out when they will be visiting your campus. Definitely make sure that you connect with the top companies on your list when they are on campus or at career fairs. The hiring process and timeline could be different depending on the company, industry, or type of position, so researching the ones you are interested in is always a good first step.”  More from Makailyn

Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, adds, “Depending on the company and your degree field, recruitment could start as early as fall or as late as spring for a summer internship. Our company begins recruiting for our summer internship positions as early as September of each year and we typically have all positions filled by January or February at the latest. Typically, the most competitive internship positions and programs are going to do their recruiting earlier. I would recommend taking advantage of the fall career fairs at your school to understand what companies are hiring and what their timeline is. Your career center is a great resource for this as well!”  More from Ashley

Where To Look

Eddie, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, shares, “To land an internship, you have a few avenues. First, visit your school’s career center. Second, talk to the professors in your major to see if they may have connections that could benefit you. Third, talk to upperclassmen in your major. (I actually landed my college internship in my senior year through the student network and that internship turned into my career!) Fourth, try to diversify your use of job boards. Fifth, call companies or organizations that you're interested in directly. That sends a good signal about your eagerness. While you're looking, keep your grades up and get involved outside the classroom as well.”  More from Eddie

Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, suggests, “Use your network. This is going to be your best resource to start getting your name out there. Also, if you’re early in your school career, some companies offer early identification programs or leadership summits for underclassmen. These aren't necessarily an internship experience, but a shortened experience where you can gain exposure to companies earlier on. Typically, companies will host these at their headquarters for a day or up to a week. These can take place at various times throughout the year and will vary by company.  You can typically find this information on company websites, your school website, or through career fairs and other on-campus recruiting events.”  More from Ashley

Next Steps

How can you approach your internship to increase the chances of it turning into a full-time job after graduation? Natesa, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., suggests, “Be proactive and set up a meeting with your manager. Let them know beforehand that you would like to discuss your performance throughout the internship and any possible next steps so that they can prepare to have those conversations. When you do sit down with them, you can inquire about any future openings they may have and if they feel like you would be a qualified candidate. I would recommend trying to gather as much feedback as you can, while displaying your commitment to the company. If there aren't any opportunities opening up in the near future, don't let it demotivate you. Be sure to ask about how you can stay in contact with the company and what you can do moving forward to ensure that you are thought of for future opportunities.”  More from Natesa
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