/ Asked by Jackeline
I'm hoping to get a paid internship/temporary job over the winter break. When do companies typically hire for these sorts of positions and what can I do to prepare/make this happen?
Answered by Nikki, Hiring Expert at Fifth Third Bank, on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
I can speak for our organization in that we typically plan for these in advance. We plan for the projects we have and want to know if we are going to need the extra hands and where we are going to need them at. It doesn't mean that all do the same. I know we advertise ours as "internships". I would take a look in your favorite job search board and use that as your key word search and see what comes up. If you want to plan ahead I would start looking at the beginning of the semester to see what might be out there. Networking with professors and alumni can also can you a way into organizations that you may be interested in as well.
Answered by Jennifer, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Friday, October 18, 2013
Searching for these in the early part of the semester is a great idea- I would recommend checking your career service’s job posting site as well as other online boards. You can also network with companies during Fall career fairs held at your school and get a sense of which companies offer winter internships or temporary positions. Social networking is also beneficial as many companies post their internship opportunities on sites like LinkedIn.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, October 18, 2013
It does vary by company, but in the case of Caterpillar, we begin to recruit for interns in the fall of year prior to the internship.  For example, right now we are recruiting for spring, summer, and fall 2014 internships.  Therefore, my recommendation is to begin preparing up to a year in advance of when you will be available for an internship.  Temporary jobs are different in that these are mostly filled through agencies/contractors and a recruited for 30-60 days in advance of the need.
Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Monday, October 28, 2013
While it is more common for companies to offer paid internships during the summer months, there are companies that also offer off-cycle internships during the winter and/or spring. To prepare yourself, you will want to keep an eye out as early as September as the hiring time frame will be quick. Given the tight time frame, you will want to prepare your resume and perform some early research in order to have a good sense for which companies you are targeting so that when the job postings are live, you are able to apply immediately.
Answered by Kelly, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Friday, November 1, 2013
Internships typically occur during the summer. That does not mean that there are never off season opportunities. Start date and assignment duration should be posted on the requisition when you apply. Definitely tap into your campus resources. Career Services should be able to help you search for opportunities. Good luck in your search!
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