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  • Colleges Accommodating Students Affected by Changes to Summer Internships

    BETHLEHEM, PA—Colleges and universities are taking steps to accommodate students affected by changes to their summer internships as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to research conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

    NACE’s April Coronavirus Quick Poll preliminary data released on April 10 shows that 36 percent of employers that are making changes to their internship programs are moving them to a virtual work environment. Other respondents (12 percent) are revoking their offers to summer 2020 interns, with another 22 percent are considering revoking their offers.

    These shifts have prompted schools to respond. Forty-three percent of schools participating in the quick poll indicate that they will give credit as originally planned if a student’s internship is moved online, while 28 percent say the relevant academic department will evaluate the virtual internship and make a determination on the credit.

    In addition, 7 percent of responding institutions will compensate students whose paid internships have been revoked by providing them with financial support.

    About NACE’s April 2020 Coronavirus Quick Poll: The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is conducting a poll through the end of April to delve into college recruiting and hiring plans, and track changes to internship programs. Through April 10, 234 employer members and 495 college members of NACE had responded. NACE posts preliminary results from the April poll each Friday. Due to the fluidity of the situation, respondents could return to the survey each week to change their answers to reflect the changes in their office’s policies, providing a more accurate snapshot of what is happening in real-time.

    About NACE: Since 1956, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has been the leading source of information about the employment of college graduates. For more information, visit www.naceweb.org. NACE maintains a virtual press room for the media