What about internships during the COVID19 pandemic?

What about internships during the COVID19 pandemic?

While many internships have gone remote due to COVID-19, employers are still eager to connect with students and build a pipeline of talent for their future workforce.  In fact, we are actually seeing an INCREASE in the number of field experience opportunities posted on our job board compared with this same time last year!

How do I search for these positions?

Handshake is the UMass platform for multiple types of field experience including internships and cooperative education (co-op).  From the “Jobs” tab, click on “Job Type” and then click on “Internship” or “Cooperative Education” to see a full list of opportunities.  You can further limit your search by job function, major, employer industry or even by typing a key word into the Search bar such as the word remote or the kind of internship you are seeking, i.e. marketing. We are adding between 300-500 new positions each week, so make sure to check Handshake often.

Another place to search for internships is through a Career Fair.  We have 25 fairs scheduled for AY 20/21, and employers are eager to talk with students about a range of open positions. 

What types of experiences are available?

In addition to the traditional summer internship, consider applying to a semester-long co-op, or our new part-time internship that includes classes and housing options at our Mount Ida campus in Newton, MA.  Please note that if you are participating in an in-person internship or co-op, you must complete the Field Experience Risk Acknowledgement Form.

Finally, micro-internships provide an alternative hands-on experience through a defined project.  Micro-internships are paid, short-term assignments that range from 5-40 hours to complete.  Recently, UMass has partnered with Parker Dewey to offer micro-internships from a wide-range of employers including those in technology, finance, HR, sales and marketing.

Students who are interested in receiving one credit for a 40-hour micro-internship can do so with permission from a faculty sponsor.   Steps include reaching out to a faculty member to sponsor this remote arrangement (depts have varying guidelines), filling out an Internship Contract on Handshake (Click on “Experiences - Request an Experience”), asking your supervisor (employer) to fill out an evaluation when the work is completed, and signing up for summer academic credit through UMass University Without Walls.

While no one is able to predict when the call for social distancing restrictions will end, we are still here to help you navigate the process of gaining relevant hands-on experience in a way that is meaningful and beneficial.  Please feel free to reach out to us; we are here for you!

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