Employer FAQs: COVID 19 + Career

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I want to acknowledge the uncertain nature of Covid-19 with my new hires and interns.  How can I refer my new hires to resources?
Will there be any on-campus recruiting activities during Spring 2020?

How can I recruit UW students if I can’t come on campus?
Is graduation being delayed?
Can we still hire student interns for spring and summer internships?
Are students allowed to come into internship sites in person during spring quarter?
What resources are available for creating and managing remote internships?
What if I can’t set up remote work and I can’t allow students to work in person?
What else should I be doing?
Who can I contact if I have questions?

I want to acknowledge the uncertain nature of Covid-19 with my new hires and interns.  How can I refer my new hires to resources?

In addition to their own support networks and support they may be receiving through departments, student groups or family networks, the University of Washington’s Counseling Center has created a great resource here, and is also available virtually to UW students seeking support: https://www.washington.edu/counseling/.

Will there be any on-campus recruiting activities during Spring 2020?

No. Spring Quarter classes will be hosted entirely virtually, and many students will not be returning to campus for the Spring term; additionally, we are following the recommendations of both the Governor and the CDC not to host group gatherings. The Career & Internship Center is happy to provide a number of opportunities to support virtual recruitment (details below).

As of now, no institutional decisions have been made about Fall Quarter 2020 and whether it will be hosted remotely, on-campus or a hybrid option. As soon as determinations have been made, this page will be updated.

How can I recruit UW students if I can’t come on campus?

Plenty of ways! Check out our webpage dedicated to recruiting activities and opportunities during Spring 2020.

Is graduation being delayed?

Graduation is not being delayed – the UW’s Spring Quarter will end as scheduled on June 12th.

Can we still hire student interns for spring and summer internships?

Yes! Students are still actively looking for internships.  We recommend posting opportunities to Handshake, the UW’s central job and internship board.  For opportunities in spring, we recommend adjusting your job and internship descriptions to highlight the ability to work remotely. This will likely mitigate questions from students about opportunities in the next 6-8 weeks. Conduct your interviews over the phone or virtually through Skype or Zoom.

Are students allowed to come into internship sites in person during spring quarter?

Governor Inslee has announced a “Stay at Home” order for all Washingtonians until Sunday, May 31 for non-essential businesses. If a student is interning at a non-essential business they should not be working in-person. In addition, UW Schools and Colleges are recommending that students conduct spring quarter internship remotely. We will update this page as new information is disseminated. For all employers, we highly recommend you set up your internships remotely as that is the most ideal solution at this time. By allowing a student to work from home, you reduce potential risk of exposure, practice good social distancing as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and they can still complete work vital to your organization. If you are unable to set up a remote internship experience, talk with your student about a plan that works for both of you. Be sure to include information about what other employees are doing, what measures are being taken to mitigate exposure to others, and how the nature of their work might change be given the circumstances. If you and your student agree on a plan that works for both of you taking health and safety into account, then they are welcome to complete the internship as discussed.

What resources are available for creating and managing remote internships?

Here are a list of resources from the UW and trusted sources about developing and implementing remote internships. We will continue to add resources as we become aware of them.

What if I can’t set up remote work and I can’t allow students to work in person?

Our priority is to ensure that students maintain access to high quality learning opportunities with employers while also staying healthy and safe. If you are unable to set up a remote internship and cannot host them in-person, unfortunately options are very limited. Talk with your student about a plan for resuming work once normal operations begin again. You may also consider referring them to other organizations or opportunities that would work in the interim as they may have been counting on the financial and educational benefits of this experience and will likely be seeking alternatives. If you determine that you must rescind an offer – as you are willing and able, please note to students that the Career & Internship Center is available to support them. Additional information can be viewed here.

What else should I be doing?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has published guidance for business and employers and regularly updates this information. We recommend following this guidance as much as you are able.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

For questions about internships, contact Dan Herb at dherb@uw.edu

For other questions, contact Emma O’Neill-Myers at econeill@uw.edu