Navigating the Early Recruiting Cycle for Summer 2022 Internships

Classes have just begun yet you’ve already heard the Careers Strategies and Engagement Team (CSE) mention the term “Early Recruiting” about 1000 times. So what exactly is Early Recruiting and what does it mean for you?

Early recruiting is a term we use to describe the student recruitment and hiring cycle for many large organizations, especially in the finance and consulting industry. Commercial and investment banks, consulting firms, tech giants and global consumer goods companies often start engaging with prospective hires a year or more in advance. This is especially true for formal summer internship programs that act as feeders for eventual full time job placement.

This also means that companies like Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, Google and Johnson & Johnson are hiring 2022 Summer Associates right now. If you’ve already researched and applied to these positions, great! If not, there are still some opportunities available and the CSE is here to help you with the following tips and resources:

  1. Explore CSE Connect’s Career Communities: Not all industries and companies recruit on identical timelines. Unsure which industry is right for you? Start by exploring the Career Communities section of CSE Connect. Each community page features expert tips, curated news stories, recommended student clubs and industry-specific resources.
  2. Access the CSE Early Recruiting Guide: Once you have narrowed down your interests, it’s time to familiarize yourself with Early Recruiting companies and opportunities. CSE’s Early Recruiting Guide contains live links to many online application portals and is a good starting point!
  3. Attend Brandeis University’s 2021 Business, Consulting & Finance Virtual Career Fair: Attend the 2021 Business, Consulting & Finance Virtual Career Fair on September 15th to learn more about companies like Accenture, Analysis Group, Barclays, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and more. You can also explore and register for external information sessions and recruiting events via the Events section of CSE Connect.
  4. Make an appointment with your Career Coach: Your Career Coach will partner with you to design a job search strategy that works for you. She can help you polish your application materials, practice your interview skills, access helpful CSE resources and more. Regardless of who your dedicated Career Coach is, all students are invited to join our Weekly Case Practice with Geri Brehm and Weekly Finance Interview Practice with Jennifer too. Sign up for both via the Thursday CSE Newsletter!

While some Early Recruiting applications have already closed for the 2022 cycle, there are still open applications and opportunities out there. Take some time this week to research what those are and apply to any that interest you! And join us for the 2021 Business, Consulting & Finance Virtual Career Fair next Wednesday, September 15th to engage with top employers hiring now.

By Rachel Wasdyke
Rachel Wasdyke Director, Corporate Engagement & Strategic Communications