“When should I apply for summer internships?” is, quite possibly, our most-asked question here at Chegg Internships. Before you get your heart set on a particular summer internship, make sure the company is still hiring interns. While summer internships are a scant three months long, summer internship application season begins in fall of the previous year. It runs through late May, with employers receiving the heaviest volume of applications between late February and early April.
To maximize your options, start reviewing internship opportunities in late September, especially if you’re interested in interning in government, engineering, finance, or defense, as those fields tend to have early application deadlines. If you’re not pursuing those fields, you have a bit more leeway, but you’d still be wise to start your research before Thanksgiving. Peak internship application season runs from January to late April, but if you haven’t applied by then, all is not lost. There are no industry-specific, standard deadlines for internships, so you can always keep applying—even if you’re reading this article on June 1st.