Internship Corner – Have Questions about Your Spring/Summer Internship? We Have (some) Answers!

First off, I hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy during these turbulent times. We at the Career & Internship Center know COVID-19 has added stress and uncertainty to our lives at school, work, and home. I wanted to start off the quarter by sharing a quick Q&A and resources that we have compiled about spring and summer internships, both searching for them and conducting them. I will also note that this information is subject to change as new information becomes available so please check-in regularly to make sure you’ve got the most up to date info. You can read more on our student-facing FAQ page here.

What is the Career & Internship Center doing now?

  • We have moved all of our spring quarter appointments, workshops, and events online. Our schedule is still packed with helpful content and you can check out all of our virtual offerings online here.
    • We developed a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for students on all things related to career. Many of the FAQs relate to spring and summer quarter internships and I encourage you to check that out as well.

How is job/internship search affected?

  • We know that employers are still recruiting for spring and summer opportunities, though potentially less than in years past. We are still receiving hundreds of job and internship postings a week on Handshake, and many employers have indicated they still plan to run their summer internship programs.
    • We still encourage you to actively apply for opportunities, but recognize that employers also face uncertainty about their capacity to take on interns or new hires. You should still plan to submit high quality applications, but temper expectations and acknowledge that this will not be a typical hiring cycle for all employers.

Should I conduct my spring internship?

  • Here is a snippet from Student FAQ page about our recommendations for spring internships:
    • If you can conduct your internship remotely, that is the most ideal solution at this time. By conducting your internship from home, you reduce your potential risk of exposure, practice good social distancing as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and still complete work vital to your organization. Talk with your site supervisor about the potential to work remotely for the duration of your spring quarter internship. In addition, Governor Inslee announced a 2-week “Stay at Home” order for all Washingtonians on Monday, March 23 for non-essential businesses. Talk with your employer about whether your organization is still open and come up with a plan for your internship accordingly. Be sure to consider the following questions in your planning: Are employees still coming in to work? What measures are being taken to mitigate exposure to others? What will the nature of your work be given the circumstances? If you and your employer agree on a plan that works for both of you and takes your health and safety into account, then you are welcome to complete your internship as discussed. Finally, UW Schools and Colleges are recommending that students complete all experiential learning opportunities remotely for spring quarter. You can read the message from College of Arts & Sciences Dean, Bob Stacey, here and how it will impact experiential learning courses for spring 2020.

How are internships courses for credit affected?

  • Internship and other experiential learning courses should be offered as usual for spring quarter. Our course, GEN ST 350 will still be offered. However, UW schools and colleges have provided guidance that these experiential opportunities should be conducted remotely.
    • Here is a message for College of Arts & Sciences Dean, Bob Stacey, about experiential learning for spring 2020. Other UW schools and colleges may follow similar guidance.
    • If you are enrolled in an internship class, contact your instructor/academic adviser to ask if any of the eligibility or requirements for the course have changed.

If you have any additional questions, email me Dan Herb, Internship Success Manager, at dherb@uw.edu. Stay safe!

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