Q. When is the best time to apply for internships at a major agency? I worked at a small agency in Denver last year between my sophomore and junior year, and would now like to pursue an internship at a larger firm perhaps in San Francisco, New York or Chicago. -MS
A. Internships run year-round at most agencies, although many create additional intern positions during the summer. Most agencies don’t start giving serious consideration to summer intern staffing until late March and early April. Start watching job postings at your target agencies during your winter break, but don’t expect to see many summer listings until late winter or early spring.
You may need to reconsider your goal of landing a major agency intern position. Paid internships are becoming rare for undergraduatess since major agencies have a wide choice of candidates among college graduates. Internships for college graduates have become the common starting point for entry-level positions, which is a change from a few years ago when it was possible to land a full-time job right out of college. Therefore, your competition is fierce due to the college grads who often already have three or more internships.