COVID-19 Response: Updated guidance for your internship and career search

We understand you may be feeling uncertain as it relates to internships, co-ops, research and full-time opportunities you have accepted or hope to secure. Your concerns might relate to start dates, housing, remote accommodations or even cancellations of opportunities all together.  

Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education staff have been proactive during this time and have engaged in the following:

  • Modified remote service hours to accommodate students throughout the globe, with appointment availability from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern time on select weekdays
  • Reached out to more than 200 employers to assess what contingency plans are being considered for internships or full time hires. Review how employers are responding.
  • Engaged faculty and other stakeholders partnering in research to determine research plans
  • Made funding available for students who receive an unpaid internship, pursue a project-based opportunity or engage in substantive experiential education over the summer.
  • Partnered with the Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship to offer CWRU students the opportunity to work on remote summer projects for local start-ups.

Internship and Career Search

Below we're offering some tips and guidance wherever you are at in your career search.

As of now, the vast majority of employers we’ve heard from have not made the decision to cancel or postpone internships and are diligently working to provide opportunities on a remote basis, if at all possible.

Other sites tracking employer program statuses:

It’s not too late to start your search for a summer internship or full-time position! 

  • Reach out to recruiters and supervisors to ask how the organization is doing, reiterate your excitement to join their team and ask if there are any changes to your position.
  • Schedule a one-on-one consultation with a career and internship consultant to discuss your specific concerns and share information on the status of your position.
  • Be flexible. Understand that answers to your questions may not be readily available from your tentative employer (start dates, continuations, remote capability).
  • Ensure that your voicemail is set up AND has space to receive new messages.
  • Begin to think about a ‘Plan B.’ Consider alternatives like taking summer courses, starting personal projects, utilizing LinkedIn Learning and more. We can help you think through this.
  • Note that some university summer programs across the country have already informed their applicant pool of summer cancellations, others are waiting to make a final decision.
  • If you’ve planned to work independently with a mentor, email your mentor and discuss if there are parts of your project that can be done remotely.
  • For research in industry and national labs, the advice for summer experiences (above) applies.
  • Discuss any changes to employment related to COVID-19 directly with your employer.
  • Check your email daily for updates on start dates, ‘to do’ items, etc.
  • If you have not heard back from your employer or need additional assistance, schedule a one-on-one consultation with a career and internship consultant to discuss your specific concerns.
  • If you plan to register your experience with either the Practicum or Co-op Programs, you and your employer should discuss possible options and coordinate with the program administrator (Brian Matthews for Practicum and Genine Apidone for Co-op).
  • If your employer is planning for your internship to be on-site, you should follow all state and local COVID-19 directives and CDC guidelines.
  • Discuss any changes to employment related to COVID-19 directly with your employer. Check your email daily for updates in case plans change.
  • If you cannot or are uncomfortable continuing an in-person internship, schedule an appointment as soon as possible with a career and internship consultant
  • Discuss any changes to employment related to COVID-19 directly with your employer.
  • Check your email daily for updates on start dates, ‘to do’ items, etc.
  • Discuss your technology and communication needs with your employer. Make sure you have the technology and equipment you need to complete your internship remotely. 
  • For tips on how to make the most of your remote internship, check out this article from Handshake.  
  • Contact your recruiter to confirm the start date and arrangements (on-site or remote).
  • If you have not heard back from your employer, schedule a one-on-one consultation with a career consultant to discuss your specific concerns.
  • Check your email daily for updates on start dates, benefits, ‘to do’ items, etc.
  • Reach out to any CWRU alumni at your organization via LinkedIn or the Alumni Career Network to express an interest in connecting to develop your professional network.

Services and resources

There are many ways you can continue to gain new skills, build your professional network and prepare for your next career move.

Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education is open for appointments and new time blocks have been added to accommodate students in different time zones. Use My Journey to schedule a phone or Zoom appointment with a career consultant or pre-professional advisor. 

Did you know that you have free access to thousands of online courses via LinkedIn Learning? Courses cover a wide variety of topics including technical skills (Python, Excel) and soft skills (communication, critical thinking). Each course is delivered in easy to manage 2 to 5-minute segments. These video-based tutorials are taught by industry experts and available 24/7 for convenient, self-paced learning.

Now is a great time to connect with others in your field of interest. The Alumni Career Network facilitates informational interviews with CWRU alumni. Take this opportunity to reach out, share your enthusiasm and ask questions to build industry knowledge. If you’re not sure where to start, review our tips about networking and organizing informational interviews.

If you don't have a LinkedIn profile yet, use this time to build one. Millions of professionals use this social networking tool to post and find jobs, source candidates and share work updates. LinkedIn provides videos and tip sheets for how to leverage this powerful tool.

Connect with the Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education LinkedIn group to stay connected and network with a growing community of professionals and alumni.

There are dozens of events, workshops and opportunities to connect with employers virtually through Handshake. More opportunities to engage are being added every day! 

Also, Handshake has put together a number of resources to help you as you navigate the remote search:

Beware of scams. We’ve noted an uptick in illicit actors posing as employers offering remote work projects. While we vet all of the postings submitted to Handshake, it’s still possible for some to get through, and other public posting sites may not vet as rigorously.

Check our Safety Tips page to learn how you can protect yourself. If you discover a scam posting, please alert us immediately at employers@case.edu.