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Internship Common Questions


Our start dates are somewhat flexible and can depend on your schedule and the hiring team's needs. Most students start in May or June and their internship ends after 12 weeks.

Most of our internships are offered during the summer. However, we occasionally seek and place exceptional students for internships at other times of the year. Candidates interested in fall or spring internships should submit their resumé to and note the dates they are available in their cover letter.

Yes, internships at Esri are paid positions. Our pay scale is comparable to that of other software development companies.


Students enrolled at any university are welcome to apply, but typical Esri interns are at least in their junior year, since we look for the most qualified students. When you apply, make sure to highlight any academic or professional experience you have.

Master’s and PhD students are also eligible to apply. Students who graduated in December do not qualify for the internship program and are encouraged to apply to regular full-time opportunities.

No, but if you are not a citizen and are selected for an internship, you will need to obtain a valid work visa for the summer through your university. Esri does not pay for students' work visas for internships, although we can help with any documentation your university might need from us.

Yes, but if you are selected for an internship, you will need to obtain a valid work visa for the summer through your university.


We accept applications September 1 through December 31. Students selected for phone interviews will be notified by email on a rolling basis October through January. After the December 31 application deadline, we will begin providing regular updates to all applicants on a rolling basis. Please log back into your account to view application status updates.

A cover letter can help differentiate you from the other applicants vying for an Esri internship. Our program is extremely competitive, and setting yourself apart is important. It is not necessary to address your cover letter to a specific individual; Dear Hiring Manager or Dear Human Resources is sufficient. It should outline the following:

  • Why you would like to spend the summer with Esri
  • The department at Esri in which you'd like to work
  • What distinguishes you from other candidates

Most of our internships are located at our headquarters in Redlands, California. Opportunities at our regional offices vary from year to year and are posted on our careers website.

t is only necessary to apply to one of the 6 areas in which we offer internships. We suggest you start by looking at internship opportunities to determine which one most closely matches your interests and career goals. When reviewing your application, we think carefully about where we feel you would be the best fit; however, it helps us if you specify your interests in your cover letter.

Esri maintains a network of distributors who sell our products and services outside the US. Please contact them directly regarding any potential internship opportunities.


If after reviewing your application we feel your qualifications make you a good candidate, we will send your application to relevant hiring managers. If they are interested in learning more about you, they will contact you to set up a phone interview. This process can take several weeks. Phone interviews typically take place in December and January. You can follow the status of your application by logging back into your account.

Log in to the account you created when you applied online.

The timing of your application does factor into being considered for an internship. Positions are filled on a rolling basis and closed once a student accepts an internship offer, so it is better to apply early. Many opportunities are filled before we receive applications from other students who want to work in the same department.

Esri provides interns access to, where they can easily search for affordable temporary housing. Lodging and relocation expenses are the responsibility of the intern.