Asked by Tanya on April 19, 2018
Answered by Makailyn, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on April 20, 2018
This is a great question and to put the answer simply sooner rather than later! While it is hard to speak to every companies hiring process, a lot of companies start filling their summer internships the fall before. For example, we begin our recruiting process for Summer 2019 positions in August of 2018. When you go back to school in the Fall, 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 on campus. Definitely make sure you visit the top companies on your list when they are on campus and especially at the 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 too! I hope this helps!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on April 25, 2018
The earlier the better! Depending on the company and your degree field, recruitment could start as early as fall or as late as spring for a summer internship. We begin recruiting for our summer internship positions as early as September of each year and 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!