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Asked by Nathalie on April 12, 2017

I'm in the process of trying to get my second internship. I found a couple through my school's website but they don't list when the internships start. I'm looking for a summer internship, as I am currently in the middle of my spring internship. However, some don't say "summer". Is it ok to email the company and ask when their internship starts for a particular internship before applying for them?

Answered by Ellee, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on April 12, 2017

Hello! Most internships have a start date in the summer, however, there are some instances where internships/co-ops are for the fall/spring semester. If the internship is for a time outside of the summer, the job title or job description will typically indicate that. If you have a contact at the company that would be able to provide you with the start date information, I would say it's fine to reach out to them. If you don't, it may be hard to get in contact with the right person to provide the information. I would recommend applying for the internships and confirm the start date if you are contacted for a phone screen/interview. Best of luck!


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Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on April 24, 2017

Hello,

From what I've seen and experienced, most all internships are meant for the summer unless otherwise noted. Typically if people are looking to host an intern outside of the summer time frame they will indicate that clearly within the description. You can certainly reach out to someone at the organization if you'd like, but I think it is safe to assume the position is for the summer.
You can always ask the question when they reach out to you for a phone screen/interview.

Good luck! 

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Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on June 2, 2017

Happy Friday!

I agree with the previous two replies -- unless otherwise stated, it is safe to assume that an internship is for the summer months. As for particular dates, try reaching out to your schools resources before reaching out to the respective company. There is a good chance that someone in the internship program at your university will know some of those details you're wondering about.

All the best!

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