Though employers recruit regularly at Brandeis throughout the academic year, application cycles and hiring timelines vary by industry. In your job or internship search, it's important to understand the recruiting timeline of your industry of choice and prepare in advance to research, update your documents, network and apply.
Please note that the timelines listed below are general and can vary depending on the type of the organization.
Tips for an Industry-Specific Search
- Stay active on Handshake to ensure you don't miss any opportunities. It is also highly encouraged to have an updated profile so you can receive industry-specific updates through email and on the Handshake dashboard.
- Start early and prepare in advance as much as possible using these timelines. Application deadlines approach rather quickly and being aware of those dates is important.
- Network as much as possible with alumni, employers and other connections that are in your desired industry. They can provide insight into the recruiting process as well as new openings within their organization.
- Attend events, career fairs and networking-related programs hosted by Hiatt. You'll be able to expand your network while being able to practice your pitch.
- Gain as much experience as possible before applying to a position. Participate in internships, student clubs, research, leadership, etc., to make you a stronger candidate.
- Set goals, practice and plan with the help of Hiatt. We can work with you to assist with the application process as well as help you practice for upcoming interviews. Make an appointment in Handshake.
Recruiting Timelines by Industry
- Most employers looking to fill full-time positions will look to convert current interns directly into new full-time hires. Over 50% of entry-level hires at the Big Four auditing firms are previous interns.
- Offers to interns are typically extended in the late summer.
- Primary recruiting for non-interns is September through March.
- Many firms recruit interns up to a year in advance, so plan ahead.
- Internship decisions are typically made around Thanksgiving (November).
- Intern hiring outcomes:
- Pricewaterhouse Coopers hires as many as 92% of their interns.
- Ernst & Young hire around 90%.
- Deloitte recruits 73% of their interns for permanent positions.
- KPMG hires over 90% of their new employees from their interns.
- Employers in the arts typically look to hire for full-time positions in the spring between January and mid-April. Please note that these timelines can differ depending upon the organization.
- Recruitment for summer internships typically occurs mid to late spring (approximately 2-4 months before the start date).
- Most full-time roles are filled through the organization's summer internship programs; offers are typically made in late summer.
- For full-time hires that are not being converted from internships, the recruiting cycle typically occurs in June through December/early January.
- Applicants should closely monitor company websites throughout the month of August.
- The majority of interviews wrap-up during the month of November.
- For specialized consulting internships, the peak recruiting period is July through November.
- Recruitment for management consulting internships occurs in April through August.
- Interested applicants should apply through the company's website prior to recruiting periods.
- Peak recruiting for public school positions tends to take place in late spring (April).
- Recruitment for private school positions occurs in early winter (December).
- Higher education has a year-round recruiting period. Typically, an influx of job openings are available/posted during the summer months.
- Educational nonprofits recruit year-round with an emphasis on late spring for graduating students.
- Internship recruiting occurs year-round including year in service programs.
- The majority of financial services companies hire for full-time roles through their internship programs. Offers are typically extended in late summer.
- >For full-time hires that are not being converted from internships, recruiting takes place from June through October. To be competitive at firms that recruit interns, applicants should apply directly on the firm’s website by the end of December of the previous year.
- Recruiting for financial services (in non-banking roles) occurs between September and January.
- Recruiting for summer internship programs begin approximately 1.5 years in advance of that summer.
- Bulge-bracket Wall Street firms prioritize rising sophomores who plan to intern after their junior year.
- Corporate finance roles prioritize rising juniors who will intern after their junior year.
- It is important to begin the networking, research and preparation process as early as your first year to ensure you have the strongest chances of landing a junior year internship.
- Deadlines for other openings range from September through February, particularly for MBA specific roles.
- Deadlines vary from agency to agency; interested candidates should familiarize themselves with agency-specific timelines.
- State and local government application deadlines for full-time positions are typically in the mid-spring.
- Federal applications: Applicants are encouraged to start their research for opportunities as early as possible and begin connecting with recruiters to learn about the programs, their application processes and selection processes; programs that require health and governmental clearances take longer (sometimes up to a year after applicants have been accepted to the program, so applying as early as possible is encouraged).
- Internships are available year-round based on need. Interested candidates should familiarize themselves with agency-specific timelines.
- State and local government application deadlines for summer internships are typically in mid-spring.
- Federal applications: Students are encouraged to start their research for federal internships and fellowship programs as early as possible and begin connecting with recruiters to learn about the programs, their application processes and selection processes. Programs that require health and governmental clearances take longer (sometimes up to a year after applicants have been accepted to the program, so applying as early as possible is encouraged).
- Most federal agencies post internships and jobs on USA Jobs through the Pathways Program.
Presidential Management Fellows
- The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Each year, candidates apply to the program in an effort to be selected as a Finalist. Finalists are then eligible for appointment as Presidential Management Fellows (Fellows; PMFs).
- Applications are due during November and December.
- Recruiting timelines in health care can vary greatly depending on the type of opportunity (research, teaching, public health work, etc.).
- Opportunities in these areas are typically posted between February and May.
- Leadership Program and Post-Graduate Fellow applications are from March to May.
- Applications for summer internships are typically posted from February to April.
- In pharma and biotech, interviews are traditionally conducted January through February with offer decisions coming by the end of March.
- >Recruiting cycles typically occur between mid-October and June.
- Legal internship recruiting is year-round.
- Federal legal summer internship deadlines must be submitted the summer prior.
- Deadlines range from early September through late January.
- Companies usually use these types of programs to hire interns or post-graduates and train them through rotational programs (i.e.,rotating through various parts of a company). The goal is to recruit and develop leaders for their organization./li>
- Review the unique components of the program (time period, work assignments and rotation areas).
- Peak recruiting occurs between January and May with the exception of rotational programs.
- Advertising-specific marketing roles are recruited for during the months of February through May. Applicants should start reviewing company websites by early January.
- Marketing internships are available year-round.
- Positions are posted as they are needed and range from early to late spring.
- Year in service programs: Timelines vary depending on the program. Larger programs like Teach For America, City Year, Peace Corps, etc., will have a series of rolling deadlines starting in early fall and continue through early spring (typically around late February/early March at the latest).
- Other programs will also follow early spring deadlines. Positions will be posted in the spring — usually late February/early March.
- Recruiting for internships is year-round.
- Applications for summer internships are November through February.
- Summer recruiting typically wraps up in early spring.
- Year in service programs: Many of these programs offer rolling admissions. Students are encouraged to start connecting with recruiters as early as they are ready (sophomore or junior year) to learn about the programs, their application processes and selection processes. Programs that require health and other clearances (for example, Peace Corps) take longer (sometimes up to a year after applicants have been accepted to the program), so applying as early as possible is encouraged.
- Recruiting for full-time publishing and journalism roles is between late December and May.
- Post-graduation internships or fellowships are common in these industries and can lead to a full-time position.
- Timelines will vary based on organizational size and specific industry.<
- Leadership, fellowship, or rotational programs may be available for rising seniors and new graduates.
- Late summer internship deadlines occur during winter break (December through January).
- Hiring typically occurs between late January through May.
- Applicants should start searching for positions in October.
- The majority of entry-level positions for undergraduates are in nonprofit, medical and academic research institutions.
- Internship recruiting typically occurs February through April.
- The majority of paid internships are in biotech/pharmaceutical companies for juniors and sophomores with some prior lab experience.
- Large tech firms that have more established recruiting programs will recruit and fill positions during the fall season. Most firms will also try to convert interns from their in-house programs to full-time hires.
- Other tech firms will have later recruiting cycles (during mid/late spring) for quick hires prior to the summer.
- Applicants looking to be recruited in the spring should be researching positions in late January.
- The majority of large tech firms (Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple, Intel, etc.) will start intern recruiting in September.
- Mid-sized and smaller tech firms will begin recruitment in January and February.
- Interviews for large, mid-sized and small tech firms are conducted throughout the spring semester.
- Tech start-ups typically recruit candidates in the late spring (February and March).