Whether you are a senior trying to conduct a full-time job search or an underclassman trying to navigate internship logistics, COVID-19 has undoubtedly affected how you can proceed. The Berry Career Institute staff is dedicated to assisting you through these changing times and providing you with resources that can identify ways to move forward. These resources will continue to be updated and are available for you to navigate on your own but our staff is always happy to work with you 1:1 to help create an individualized action plan.

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How is COVID-19 affecting internships?

According to The Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions at UW-Madison, many postsecondary institutions and employers around the country (and the world) are advising their students to reconsider their in-person internships (if they remain an option), and to postpone their internships or to begin planning for remote internship assignments. While it appears that some firms and organizations are waiting to make a decision, it is likely that many of the nation’s (if not the world’s) internships will be moving online in the near future. 

View University of Wisconsin- Madison's online guide to "What to about internships in light of the COVID-19 pandemic?" to learn more about how colleges, students, and employers can navigate online internships. Select content from this guide is also shared below.

What are online, micro- or virtual internships? Where can I find them?

Virtual internships are internships that are done online or remotely anytime of the year. This allows you to work on a global scale, but stay local. You are placed with a company and report to a supervisor. You are in regular contact with the supervisor/team via virtual methods such as video call, phone call, email and instant messenger.  Micro-Internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable college students, graduate students, and recent college graduates to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as they seek the right full-time role. 

Resources for virtual and micro-internships:

How is COVID-19 affecting plans for soon to be grads?

Ending your college experience in quarantine during a global pandemic is a huge bummer. It can feel like all of your plans are blown to pieces and transitioning into a new phase of life under these circumstances can feel disappointing and overwhelming. Some people are experiencing job offers being rescinded and entire industries may be on hold and not able to hire. The Berry Career Institute is here to assist you in determining what your next steps can look like despite the changing economic circumstances. We are dedicated to helping you explore alternative career options and transitional solutions.

Check out this guide created by The Washington Center. This very relevant guide introduces a variety of resources, ideas and mindsets you can utilize to manage launching a career in times of uncertainty. It covers topics such as:

  • Where to find remote work and companies that are hiring
  • Sites that are offering free skills courses
  • Virtual networking and informational interview opportunities

The following articles can help provide some perspective on the fact that you are not alone in this experience, how you can alter your expectations, and ways you can move forward with preparing for life after graduation when you're ready.

Where can I find work during a pandemic?

Although these circumstances will pass, COVID-19 will have some real repercussions on getting a job. You will likely need to adjust your expectations to accept what's currently available and be open to positions that may not be your field but that can provide necessary income and experience in the meantime. 

  • Candor.co provides a list of companies that are still hiring that is continually updated in real time
  • Register with a staffing/temp agency that can connect you to companies that are hiring and find you temporary work as well as longer term opportunities. Many employers are hiring remote workers during the pandemic and staffing agencies can assist with the cost of equipping you with the technology needed to work from home. Check out Robert Half's article about finding remote work and which staffing agencies are hiring. 
  • Consider virtual internships and project work to gain experience between full-time opportunities. See the virtual internships section above or check out Parker Dewey, a staffing agency for project work. 
  • Consider doing a year of service. Serviceyear.org is a great resource to help you find service organizations and opportunities.
    • AmeriCorps is a national service program that helps individuals serve their community while also earning money to pay down college or university expenses, including student loans.  Check out the recording of an informational webinar hosted by Morningside College.


Additional Resources 

Several vendors are offering their content for free right now to assist students with their job and internship search during COVID-19 quarantine. Read below for how to access these valuable resources from home while they are currently available at no cost.

Please reach out to our staff if you have any questions or concerns getting started.

GoinGlobal U.S. City Guides: Access from Off-Campus

GoinGlobal is a great place to search for jobs, learn about different cities or countries that you are interested in going to, search the Employer directory, and look up companies who have recently sponsored H1B Visas. Access GoinGlobal off-campus by logging into Handshake to gain access to Cornell's subscription.

Video Tutorials & Practice with Big Interview- Free

Big Interview is an online system that combines training AND practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence. Big Interview offers a variety of tools including:

  • Challenging, virtual mock interviews for all experience levels and scenarios like government interviews, graduate admissions, and more

  • A database of thousands of interview questions with tips on how to answer them

  • The ability to rate and share your interview answers for feedback

How to register with Big Interview:

  1. Go to https://cornell.biginterview.com/ and click "Register".
  2. Enter your school email address, name, and password, and click “Create my Account”
  3. Log in and click “Start Here” and discover the different ways you can use the platform