In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, summer internships are going to look different this year. Some companies like Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan Chase have announced that they’ll be delaying the start of their 2020 summer internships, while others are moving to virtual internships or canceling their programs completely. Read on to hear from our experts about how to handle searching for an internship in this unique season.
Stay In The Loop
A handful of employers have elected to take their internships online, particularly in the technology sector. Virtual internships have emerged at many big tech companies, including Google, Twitter, IBM, Microsoft, Lyft, and Salesforce.
As an internship candidate, it’s important to keep up to date on how major corporations are handling the pandemic. This list of active, altered, and canceled summer internship programs can help you stay current with who is hiring, who is going virtual, and who has decided to cancel.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to your on-campus career center, they’re still a valuable resource in this season. Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, suggests, “As you start your internship search, it is best to start with your college career services department. That office on campus has connections and relationships with various businesses and can help you narrow your search.” More from Stephanie
Start With A Great Resume
When you’re applying to summer internships, potential employers have different expectations for your resume than they would if you were applying for a full-time job. As most stages of the job search have moved online, having a strong resume is an important first impression.
Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, shares, “In my opinion, the top 5 characteristics of a great resume for students would be:
- Measurable Metrics
- Previous Experience
- Campus Involvement
- Major and GPA
It's important to be able to quickly look at a resume and see the impact a candidate has made in previous positions. If you don't have much experience, show how you are involved on campus. Lastly, depending on the role that I'm hiring for, the major will be important to see if there would be an adaptable skill set.” More from Ashlyn
Know That You’re Not Alone
Coronavirus is affecting industries all across the board. If you’re worried about missing a summer internship or having a gap in your career progression, remember that you are not alone. Expectations will shift and make room for what the economy is going through. We’re in this together, and we’ll make it through.