I apologize in advance if this is a question with a well-known answer.
I am a student trying to get a job at a big and very important company. In the application (meaning, on the online portal), the company is asking for "2 to 3 reference letters". Do you think this means that they want me to submit 2-3 reference letters along with my application, or simply include the contact information for 2-3 recommenders that could provide a reference letter if asked? I'm definitely unexperienced, but this seems a little bit odd to me; I know in the college application process, there was a very strict policy of not allowing students to see their letters of reference. Does this policy not hold in the professional world?
If it doesn't, how would I go about asking for these letters? Should I simply say something along the lines of "______ wants me to submit letters of reference, would you be willing to provide one and send it to me?"
I would really like this job, and the size of the company makes it unlikely that they will respond to any inquiries about this topic (although I am/will try my best to seek an official answer from them). I'd greatly appreciate any advice or suggestions you may have.