April 09, 2020 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: internships, experiential education, students, coronavirus
It’s true: What a student learns from an internship is most important. However, how important is it for a potential employer to know that a student was offered an internship even though the position was rescinded due to COVID-19?
As some students find their summer plans sidelined because of COVID-19, career services professionals are asking: Should we advise students to add a statement their resumes that says something like this:
XYZ Company - Internship offer accepted. Rescinded due to COVID-19 - Summer 2020
Is it helpful to know that a student obtained an internship, even if they couldn't complete it? Would a statement like this be a positive or a negative factor for an employer in deciding whether to interview a student for a full-time position?
NACE college and employer members, who almost unanimously agreed that the rescinded internship should be included on a student’s resume, offered reasons for their support:
Several offered other ideas:
A few offered caveats:
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Median number of students per professional staff member
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