May 05, 2020 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: best practices, internships, operations, trends and predictions, nace insights, coronavirus
Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
NACE is polling its members regarding their response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The April poll closed on April 30. The following analysis was made after a review of the month’s results. NACE launched a third poll on May 4, which will cover planning for fall 2020; it will run through May 31. Updates on results from the poll will be available weekly in May (May 11, 18, 26), with final results posted on June 1.
Throughout April, employers responded to the coronavirus pandemic by making decisions regarding the status of their summer internship and college recruiting programs, according to the final results of NACE’s April Coronavirus Quick Poll.
NACE’s April Coronavirus Quick Poll revealed that just 4.4 percent of participating employers reported revoking their offers to the new college graduates they had recruited prior to the pandemic for full-time positions to start following graduation. However, more than one-fifth (22 percent) indicated that they are revoking their offers to interns for the summer.
Still, regarding internship programs, the more common response to the pandemic is that employers are moving their programs to the virtual space for the summer or reducing the length of internships by delaying their start date.
Making the shift to the virtual space is the most common adaptation employers are making to their internship programs. In fact, the percentage of employers moving interns to virtual has grown from 36 percent at the beginning of April to 46 percent by the month’s end.
The percentage of employers shortening the length of their internship programs also increased during April, albeit more slightly, from 35 percent to 41 percent.
Looking ahead to fall recruiting for the college Class of 2021, 16 percent of employers plan to decrease hiring from this year, with just 6 percent expecting to increase their hiring. The majority—61 percent—plan to recruit the Class of 2021 at the same level they did for the Class of 2020.
The way in which employers connect with college students next fall may be somewhat unfamiliar. The percentage of career centers planning to hold on-campus career fairs next fall tumbled throughout April, from 37 percent on April 3 to 25 percent on April 30.
During that same time frame, the percentage of career centers planning to only hold virtual fairs more than doubled, from 4.5 percent to 10.5 percent. There is still quite a bit of uncertainty in the field, as 28 percent have yet to decide on their path forward.
Career centers are increasingly planning on facilitating employer interviews through virtual platforms, although a plurality of career centers (42 percent) is planning on using a combination of in-person and virtual methods.
Employers (n = 439)
Although employers have been trying to maintain a wait-and-see approach, it appears they are starting to make difficult decisions regarding job offer revocations, adaptations to summer 2020 internships, and expectations for recruiting the Class of 2021.
Colleges (n = 839)
Colleges appear to have settled into how they are interacting with students and providing services, but they are starting to make decisions on holding career fairs in fall 2020 and how they will facilitate employer recruiting interviews.
For the latest information about the impact of coronavirus on our field—including results of the quick polls NACE is conducting among its membership and the ways members are responding to the pandemic—see NACE’s Coronavirus Updates page.
Percent of employers that allocated more resources to recruit historically marginalized students
NACE September 2021 Quick Poll
Percent of students seeking employer that embraces diversity
2021 NACE Student Survey
Percent of employers with a formal diversity recruiting effort
2021 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey Report