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You may have a stellar internship resume, a polished cover letter, and prepared answers to interview questions. But do you know when to start the internship application process? Knowing when toΒ apply for an internshipΒ is necessary to increase your chances of landing one. Here’s your go-to guide to understanding exactly when to apply for summerΒ internships.

My take:

When to Apply for Summer Internships

Regardless of what company you’re interested in interning for, the takeaway is that applications openΒ early. Even smaller companies open their general internship applications months before the position starts.

β€œStart the process early and strategically,” says Matthew Warzel, certified professional resume writer and former Fortune 500 recruiter. β€œThe timing of your application can significantly impact your chances of securing a valuable internship opportunity.”

When to Apply for Summer Internships Tips

Look at the Company Website ….

How do you find these application dates? If you’re interested in a particular company, look at the internship page for clues on when internship applications open.

β€œMany companies have dedicated career or internship sections on their websites where they announce upcoming internship opportunities and their application timelines,” Warzel says. β€œAdditionally, subscribing to email newsletters or mailing lists of companies and organizations can keep you updated on their internship programs and application openings.”

Network

β€œReach out to professionals in your desired field through platforms like LinkedIn, attend industry-related events or conferences, and join professional organizations or student associations,” Warzel says. β€œBy building connections and relationships, you may gain insights into internship opportunities before they are publicly announced.”

Prepare Your Application Early

If you’re going to apply early, you’ll need to prepare your application materials early.

β€œAim to have your application materials ready at least a few weeks before the application period begins,” Warzel says. β€œBy doing so, you give yourself ample time to craft high-quality documents, seek feedback, and adapt your materials to specific internship opportunities. Being well-prepared not only enhances the overall quality of your application but also allows you to seize early opportunities and demonstrate your commitment and professionalism to potential employers.”

When to Apply for Summer Internships: The Bottom Line

β€œWith careful planning and a proactive approach, you can enhance your professional development and gain invaluable real-world experience through a well-timed internship,” Warzel says.

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