The Employer’s Cheat Sheet to Academic Schedules

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Employer's Cheat SheetIf you’re unsure how far in advance you should post an internship, consider this your cheat sheet to successful college recruiting. When hiring for summer internships, the best time to catch a student’s attention is after spring break. Having traveled, lain in the sun, visited friends and family, and shaken the mental cobwebs accrued during a hard winter of studying, students are refreshed and ready to take on their futures.

Making a post live after spring break also saves you the pain of having a listing go unanswered for weeks while students are on break. When the opportunity coincides with the beginning of the term, students are much more likely to be in the mindset of submitting applications and getting serious about their summer internship plans.

Semester System

Most schools are on the semester system with spring recesses that begin on staggered timelines around March 2, March 9, and March 16. Depending on the schools you’re trying to target, plan to start the internship search when instruction begins. A few notable schools and their respective days of break are listed below:

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) – March 2-10

Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) – March 2-10

Brown University (Providence, RI) – March 11-15

Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) – March 11-15

University of Texas – Austin (Austin, TX) – March 11-16

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) – March 16-24

Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) – March 18-24

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston, MA) – March 25-29

University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA) – March 25-29

Quarter System

Fewer schools are on the quarter system. Because the quarter schedule is so condensed and fast-paced, students learn to switch back into gear as soon as break ends. Below is a selected list of schools that follow the quarter system:

Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA) – March 15-24

Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) – March 16-24

California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA) – March 21-31

Stanford University (Stanford, CA) – March 23-31

The University of California (Multiple) – March 23-31

University of Oregon (Eugene, OR) – March 23-31

University of Washington (Seattle, WA) – March 23-31

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL) – March 24-31

Two to three months in advance is a prudent amount of time to put in between posting an internship and hiring one, as it allows both students to submit thoughtful applications and employers to carefully consider the candidate pool. Strategize with your timing to make sure that your announcement doesn’t coincide with spring recess, and you’ll be off to a great start!

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Nathan Parcells

Nathan Parcells is VP of Marketing and co-founder of Looksharp. He has spent the past decade helping students launch their career, researching best practices for hiring millennials (including running Looksharp's annual "State of College Hiring") and sharing these insights with employers. Nathan's work has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, Business Insider and more. Outside of work, Nathan is an avid rock climber, back packer and Bob Dylan fan.