Covid-19 has resulted in the rescinding or canceling of many internships for college students. Here are a few ways to stay competitive in the meantime:
- Remote Internships | https://www.internships.com/virtual
Remote internships are most common for internet-friendly jobs, such as writing, design, marketing, research, and tech. Strong communication and time-management skills, as well as knowledge of virtual collaborative platforms, are key to succeeding in a virtual role, since your colleagues will be across the country instead of across the office.
- Micro Internships | https://www.parkerdewey.com/career-launchers
Micro-Internships are paid and project-based assignments, ranging from 5 to 40 hours of work.
- Free Online Courses | Coursera, HarvardX
Pick up a language, learn to code, and enhance your skills!
- Volunteer Work | https://www.volunteermatch.org/
Perform meaningful work while making a difference!
- Continue to Network | linkedin.com
Keep your connections going and network with alumni or folks in your industry of interest!
- Attend Virtual Career Fairs
Keep your eyes peeled for Virtual Career Fairs and polish off your virtual interviewing skills! As campuses transition back to in-person classes, career fairs may be offered both in-person and virtually.
- Connect with the Career Center | email@example.com
We are still working for you! Contact us to set-up an appointment with a Career Counselor. We can help equip you with the best skills possible during these uncertain times.
Burning question: Should I list my canceled/rescinded internship on my resume?
The jury is still out on this one with many discussions going back and forth. In my personal opinion, listing the rescinded internship on your resume may not be the best idea. No actual work was performed so does it really belong on the resume? Mentioning it in your cover letter is a good way to show that you were selected for the internship (which is good!) but was unable to complete it due to Covid-19. Another alternative is to discuss the rescinded internship offer in future interviews and discuss other activities/skills you completed instead!