April 06, 2020 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: best practices, internships, operations, trends and predictions, nace insights, coronavirus
Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
While employers engaged in college recruiting had taken a cautious approach to their programs during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, there are now indications of significant shifts, according to results of NACE’s Coronavirus Quick Polls.
NACE is conducting polls separately among its members in university relations and recruiting (URR) and those in college career services to inform its members and the public at large about changes taking place surrounding higher education and the employer community that recruits new college graduates.
In particular, summer internships for college students are undergoing major changes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. NACE has seen a steady push toward moving internships online—rather than holding them at employers’ sites during the summer, as is typical—or limiting them in length and size.
On March 13, 90 percent of responding employers expected to maintain their internship programs without change; by the last week in March, that number was down to 74 percent. At the start of April, results were even more dramatic: Just 35 percent reported moving forward with on-site internships as planned.
Instead, 29 percent of responding employers report they will conduct their internship programs virtually—up from 2.4 percent that reported such plans in the last week in March. In addition, 35 percent will reduce the length of their internship programs by delaying the start date. Fifteen percent said they would cut back on the number of interns taking part in the internship program, either virtually or on site.
Another potential shift that bears watching is employers’ plans to revoke offers to full-time recruits and interns. At the start of April, 64 percent of employers reported that they are not revoking offers to full-time recruits and interns. However, another 25 percent are not revoking offers yet, but are considering it.
While it is early in the planning cycle for the next academic year, 67 percent of employers expect to recruit from the Class of 2021 at the same level as they are for the Class of 2020. At this point, 37 percent of career services offices report they will still hold career fairs in the fall. Twenty-one percent will hold both on-campus and virtual fairs, and 5 percent will only hold virtual fairs.
Similarly, 38 percent of career centers report that they plan to facilitate employer recruiting interviews in the fall both on campus and virtually, while another 23 percent will use virtual methods exclusively.
NACE’s second monthly Coronavirus Quick Polls launched on April 1 and will run through the end of April. Participants can update their responses through the end of the poll. In addition to internships, the poll queries employers about their hiring of 2020 college graduates and their expectations for recruiting Class of 2021 graduates. Poll results are updated each Friday. Additional results from NACE’s polls are available on the NACE website.
NACE Coronavirus Quick Polls: Employers (results from April 3)
NACE Coronavirus Quick Polls: Colleges (results from April 3)
For the latest information about the impact of coronavirus on our field—including results of the quick polls and the ways members are responding to the pandemic—see NACE’s Coronavirus Updates page.
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