How are winter internships different from summer internships?

How are winter internships different from summer internships?

Depending on Indian internship seasons, here are the basic differences that can help you decide whether to opt for summer internships or winter internships.


Opting for winter internships? Here is how they differ from summer internships.
Opting for winter internships? Here is how they differ from summer internships.

While internships are a much talked about concept these days, still there can be a mountain of queries when it actually comes to internships in India. Internship opportunities in reputed firms can prove to be a big learning curve for the students. This much is pretty much clear to all students. But depending on Indian internship seasons, it is still difficult to figure out the difference between summer internships and winter internships.

While the crux aim of both internships is to provide you with an opportunity to learn and apply your academic knowledge in the practical work environment, both internships can still be differentiated on different scales.

In this blog, we will have look at the same. So, let’s read further and try to understand the major aspects that draw a line between summer and winter internships.

Requirements for Winter Internships:

For different firms, the requirements vary according to the season. For example, the workload on auditing and commerce firms is much more during the winters as the financial year is about to end and there’s a lot of work to be wrapped up. So, for commerce students it can be a great time to learn during this pressurized work environment. Even though they won’t be the ones going through the work pressure a whole lot, the office environment gives them a good idea of what’s hidden in the near future.

On the other hand, for manufacturing companies, summer is the time when new products are launched and marketed in the market. So relevant interns might get some experience during this time which they might not be able to get during their winter internships.

As a whole, it entirely depends on the industry and even the company in which you are going to intern.

Course Work burden:

Another aspect is the burden of course works. While summer vacations are burden-free as the semester is yet to start, winter vacations are peeking into the exam term. You can fully concentrate on your semester during summer internships but during your winter internships, you can’t entirely ignore your studies as your exams probably will start in a couple of months. Balancing life and internships become an added skill.

This is usually goes for the Indian academic session, but if your course allows you an entire winter semester off for internship, this differentiation is doesn’t make much sense.

Internship Duration:

One of the most visible differences between the two internship duration is of course the duration of these internship periods. Summer internships are longer, usually lasting to two months while winter internships last for at most 3-4 weeks, sometimes even just 2.

Based on duration, you can take up full time internships in summers and can then engage yourself in some small project for your winter internship. It will make sure you optimally utilize both your internship periods. At the end of the day, your actual learning will matter and not how many days and hours you spent learning it.

Number of interns:

The number of interns for a summer internship is always more than that of winter vacations. The reason being the availability of time and limited, almost nil, academic burden. Therefore, during summer internships you are more likely to come across other interns who share same interests and goals which can be of help to you, if you utilize the opportunity properly.

On the other hand, winter internships keep you at the center of attention of the employer as there are fewer interns around. You will be doing more of the actual work than just being a part of the intern gang.


To conclude, both internships impart students with the confidence and opportunity to exhibit their potency in technical as well as social terms. It’s not actually the term ‘summer’ or ‘winter’ that matters in your resume but how much you have extracted out of the opportunity to learn and apply your skills efficiently.