Summer internships are always a big question on students’ minds. Where should I intern? What company do I want to intern for? When should I apply for summer internships?
We asked a question to the #HAPPO, #PRSSA and #PRstudchat hashtags on Twitter about when should students start looking for summer 2012 internships and here are some responses from a few of the best minds in our industry:
Jason Mollica: You should check with your advisors, but normally start seeing call for them in March.
Valerie Simon: No one official date, but start researching summer internship opportunities now. Work on/Submit over Dec/Jan break. Do your homework first. Many websites will tell you when to submit for their intern program.
Richie Escovedo: Identify orgs/agencies now that offer summer internships then get your foot in the door soon.
Arik Hanson: Take that one step further, ID individuals at those orgs or agencies and ask them to coffee. You can find out more about the organization that way too.
Justin Goldsborough: Many agencies and companies hire interns year round. For summer, I’d be reaching out in Jan/Feb.
Jeremy Pepper: Now if students are doing the right thing, they’re already networking. It’s early, but not too early.
These PRofessionals seem to agree that now is the time to start reaching out to companies and getting intros to people at the company. Get to know the company before reaching out and try to get your foot in the door.
Applications for some organizations and companies may be available as early as December or as late as March. Stay updated and follow the company websites for updates on internship opportunities. It also never hurts to pick up the phone and ask about internship opportunities as well.
Thank you to the professionals who answered our question!
Keep in mind that PRSSA has the PRSSA Internship Center with many internships available around the country! Check out the internships there and get in touch with Joe Clarkson, vice president of internship/job services, if you need your Chapter code to login.