Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the suspension of summer funded internships and the Career Communities program. If your question is not covered here, please contact your Career Community leader.
Why are summer 2020 internship experiences being suspended?
Our top priorities in determining this decision were focused on the following two areas: 1) health and safety of our students, and 2) ensuring a high-quality internship experience for everyone.
In several cases, these priorities simply could not be met due to severe disruption from COVID-19. Some employers have the infrastructure to move their operations online, while many others do not. We evaluated the impact this created in delivering an equitable and high-quality experience for all members as well as the safety risks, based on each internship’s location.
Why is funding being suspended?
The Career Communities program was designed to offer high-quality, in-person internships. The funding model was created to facilitate your experience beyond the academic module course. This is why we offer stipends, not wages, for internships. These stipends are based on internship location, duration, and financial need and must be directly associated with the internship experience (i.e. travel, transportation, housing, etc.).
This decision feels premature or sudden. What was the College’s process and timeline in making this decision?
Since the end of January, the College has been monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on our programs and operations. Beginning in mid-March, the Career Development Center has sent numerous emails to students and employers to inform them of developments. Even with the rapidly evolving situation, our goal was to remain on track with original plans. However, due to the factors outlined in question #1, the decision was made to suspend summer funded internships.
I participated in Career Communities in the Fall. Does this impact me?
Yes. This information applies to both fall and spring members. Regardless of when an internship was secured, all summer funded internships are suspended.
Can I do a remote internship and still get funding?
At this point, we cannot offer the same robust experience remotely that the program was originally designed to provide. Because stipends were meant to cover costs associated with an in-person summer experience (i.e. travel, transportation, housing, etc.), we are not able to provide funding for remote summer experiences. However, our team is researching best practices around high-quality remote experiences in case of extenuating circumstances that may prohibit students from completing an in-person internship in the future.
I was relying on these funds through Career Communities to financially support myself this summer. What do I do?
We understand that this difficult decision will inevitably impact people in different ways. This is disheartening for all of us - students, staff, alumni and employers - but please know that this decision was made with the best intentions and your safety and health in mind. The Career Development Center team is here to support you. We invite you to schedule a time to chat with us to talk through opportunities and strategies for other summer jobs. For students with high financial need, we encourage you to consider applying for the Student Support Initiative Fund administered by the Dean of Students Office.
Was there a cost associated with my Career Communities course?
Full-time students did not incur any additional tuition costs for enrolling in the Career Communities courses. If a Career Communities course caused a student to overload on credits, the typical overload fee was waived.
I’m a fourth-year student. Why can’t I defer my funding?
The current information and forecasts vary widely. We do not have the capacity to match students with internships or to offer funds on a case-by-case basis since peak predictions of the virus vary widely by location.
I’m getting ready to graduate. What resources are available to me?
The Career Development team is here for you now and in the future. We will do everything possible to support you in your effort to find post graduation employment. Funding cannot be deferred for the following summer. We invite you to schedule a time to chat with us to talk through next steps in your career journey and post-graduation plans.
Specifically, the Career Development team is actively working on the following initiatives to support graduating students:
- An online guide with industry-specific resources and job opportunity listings updated on a regular basis.
- Tailored weekly Zoom sessions for graduating students to assist them with navigating the job search process.
- Expanding networking opportunities by aggressively working with alumni to assist students with their transition into the workforce.
Can I still utilize the Career Development Center after graduation?
Yes, of course! The Career Development Center continues to serve you even after graduation. Alumni can rely on the Career Development Center for help with the job search process, networking, advising, fellowships, and all of the other things that you came to us for during your undergraduate years.
Can I still participate in a COVID-19 independent project and receive a stipend?
Yes. All Career Community students are offered the opportunity to complete an independent project separate but aligned with one of the COVID-19 second module courses. Enrollment is still open and will close on April 15th (add/drop deadline). To be eligible for the $200-$400 stipend, you must complete a second module course on COVID-19, submit a proposal for your project and your final artifact. Our goal is to provide Career Community students with an additional achievement or project to add to your resume to show that you took action during this difficult time. This project also presents a great story to tell during an interview! If you're interested, please complete this form ASAP, and someone from our office will be in touch.
I’m a third-year student or a Double Degree third or fourth-year. Can I defer my funds to next year?
Yes. Third-year students as well as Double Degree third- or fourth-year students are eligible to defer their internship funding to summer 2021. Please complete this brief Google form by May 8th to request your deferral.
If I defer my funding, do I need to do anything next year?
Third-year or Double Degree third- or fourth-year students who choose to defer funding for a summer 2021 internship will work with a Career Development Advisor to submit a brief proposal and budget request next academic year. Our goal is to make this an easy and smooth process while ensuring that we have enough information to support your cost-of-living expenses.
Am I guaranteed funding for an internship next year?
Barring any extenuating circumstances and approval of your proposal and budget request, third-year students will receive funding to complete a summer internship next year.
Am I still eligible to defer funding for next year even if I’ve signed up for a second module COVID course? Can I do both?
Yes. Third-year students are eligible to defer funding for summer 2021 and receive a stipend for an independent project related to your COVID-19 course.
Have employers been informed of these changes?
Yes. Employers have been informed of the suspension of the program, and we hope to continue to partner with them in the future.
If the employer hasn’t canceled my internship, can I still get funding?
Our partner employers have experienced various levels of disruption to their business operations due to COVID-19. We recognize that some employers, especially those who are part of the fall track program, may choose to continue offering in-person or remote internships, while many others cannot. You may choose to continue exploring these opportunities independent of the Career Development Center.
Now that the program is suspended, can I still work with the employer on my own outside the program?
Employers that are part of the spring track program who wish to offer virtual internships independent of the College will contact you directly.
During my interview, the employer mentioned moving the internship to remote work. Why can’t I still receive funding?
At this point, we cannot offer the same robust experience remotely that the program was originally designed to provide. Because stipends were meant to cover costs associated with an in-person summer experience (i.e. travel, transportation, housing, etc.), we are not able to provide funding for remote summer experiences. However, this is something we will continue to work on, so we are prepared in the future.
I participated in a Fall Career Community and secured my own internship. What do I tell my employer?
We encourage you to contact the employer and check-in about the viability and impact of your summer internship. We recognize that some employers, especially those who are part of the fall track program, may choose to continue offering in-person or remote internships, while many others cannot. You may choose to continue exploring these opportunities independent of the Career Development Center.
We understand that this decision may create further uncertainty and anxiety with regard to your summer plans, but please know that the Career Development team is here for you now and in the future. We invite you to schedule a time to chat with us regarding next steps in your career journey and post-graduation plans.