Employer FAQs: Fall 2020 Recruiting

The basics:

  • All Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 recruiting activities will be virtual in nature (including Career Fairs).
  • For Fall 2020 and Winter 2021, less than 5% of classes will be offered in-person.
  • Campus housing will be available, at reduced capacity and with social distancing measures in places.
  • Many campus offices and services will remain remote to limit the number of individuals on campus.

Details and FAQ’s about Fall 2020:

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

The campus Career Centers will not be hosting any on-campus recruiting activities during Fall 2020.

Will Fall Quarter follow a normal schedule?

Fall Quarter started as planned on Wednesday, September 30th and will extend through Friday, December 11, 2020.

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

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

How can I maintain a relationship with UW if I can’t come to campus?

We’re working to be sure that both recruiting AND branding opportunities exist for your team during Fall 2020! Relationships matter even MORE in the virtual environment.

  • Communicate – early and often. Keep candidates updated more often throughout their process; respond to student inquiries about hiring needs; be upfront and honest about what jobs are available (and aren’t) and how a student can stay in touch with your organization.
  • Offer expertise – skill-building offerings for students (a workshop on Python? Tableau? Excel? RazorsEdge?); participate in Resume Reviews or Mock Interviews; participate in panels; offer industry advice through blogs, social media engagement and more.
  • Offer support – if you have funds but not hiring needs, can you sponsor a student organization? Support an event or activity?
  • Create opportunities for authentic engagement – Online interviewing tools like Hirevue are great, but don’t lose track of high touch as we embrace high tech. Can you host a virtual office tour? Slack chat AMA’s ? Alumni panels? Virtual games nights with candidates?

Can we still hire student interns for just in time internships?

Yes! Students are still actively looking for internships, at all times of year.  We recommend posting opportunities to Handshake, the UW’s central job and internship board.  For opportunities in summer, we recommend adjusting your job and internship descriptions to highlight the ability to work remotely as applicable. Conduct your interviews over the phone or virtually through Skype or Zoom.

Are students allowed to come into internship sites in person?

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