Internship Timeline

by Amy Marie Charland and Mary Ann Lawson

It's never too early to start planning for your internship. The total process-finding an internship and applying and interviewing for it-can take several weeks or even months. Here is a general timeline to assist you with the planning process:

Research internships

(Three semesters before you want to begin your internship) 

    • Talk with your academic adviser and a career services counselor to find out what internship resources are available to you on campus.
    • Write your resume and cover letter.
    • Decide what you would like from your internship. Responsibilities? Compensation? Experience?
    • Attend job fairs to find out about internship opportunities.
    • Start networking with everyone you know.
    • Define where you would like to do your internship. City? Corporation? Industry?
    • Start researching internship opportunities. Obtain general information about the company, internship programs, contact people, and deadlines.

Apply for internships

(Two semesters before you intern) 

  • Apply online or by whatever method the company requires.
  • Practice your interviewing skills. Schedule a mock interview with your career services office.

Interview and accept an internship

(One semester before your internship) 

  • Complete an application for each company where you would like to intern.
  • Interview with employers.
  • Send a thank-you letter to each employer who gives you an opportunity to interview.
  • Accept an internship offer.


Good luck!

Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.