April 06, 2020 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: technology, best practices, operations, spotlight, coronavirus
Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
Matthew Hora is hearing about employers canceling their internship programs with increased frequency and is offering some guidance and suggestions for navigating in the current landscape.
“Many organizations are in entrenchment and layoff mode, and are not bringing in students for internships this year,” says Hora, director of the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions (CCWT) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“Cancellations are happening, but there is also a massive movement to online internships, so in those cases, it is less about cancellations and more about a migration to a different modality.”
What can be done to provide experiences for students for whom online internships aren’t available or viable?
Hora, who has written What To Do About Internships in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic?, recommends that faculty and academic departments work together to create projects or learning experiences that are as similarly robust and authentic as traditional internships.
“These different kinds of academic projects could hopefully mimic or adopt some principles of experiential learning,” Hora suggests.
Some ideas that he shares for these projects include:
For more information, see What To Do About Internships in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic?
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