CareerLAB FAQs Regarding COVID-19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The pandemic and its effects on people and the economy are impacting the job market in new ways each day. Some employers are pausing or terminating their hiring process. Some employers are withdrawing internship and job offers they have previously made. But some employers continue to post new jobs and internships. 

 

Below are the most common questions we've been hearing from students related to the internship and job search in the time of COVID-19. We'll continue to add resources and information to this page throughout the Spring.


Common CareerLAB Questions:

Can I still meet with a CareerLAB career counselor?
Yes, you can schedule a video or telephone meeting with a CareerLAB counselor through Handshake by clicking here.  Counselors will be available to talk with students for the remainder of the semester and into the summer.

Are Open Hours with Undergraduate Peer Career Advisors or Graduate Student Fellows still available?
Open hours are still available just in a different capacity. Students are encouraged to email their questions, resumes or mock interview requests to [email protected] and a PCA or Graduate Student will get back to you with the support you need.

Will CareerLAB be hosting any workshops or employer information sessions?
CareerLAB will not be hosting any in-person programming in the CareerLAB space or elsewhere on campus for the foreseeable future.  However, we are holding events and programming on Zoom and other video networking tools.  Please check the CareerLAB calendar, Handshake calendar, BrownConnect events or our social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for upcoming “virtual” events. In addition, we are recording these events and posting them on our youtube page.

Are there any online resources available for students regarding remote internships or their careers during COVID-19?
Yes, to read more please visit or job/internship resource page.

Can someone provide feedback on my resume and/or cover letter?
Yes, email [email protected] and an undergraduate Peer Career Advisor or Graduate Student Fellow will follow up with you to provide feedback.

Common Employment & Internship Questions:

  Are employers still hiring students for internships and full-time positions?
Yes, some employers are still recruiting. When searching for jobs and internships on Handshake, BrownConnect, LinkedIn, Indeed, and other search engines, consider sorting by when the position was posted and focusing more of your efforts on positions that were posted in the last week or two, since employers posting in that time frame would have a better idea of their short-term hiring plans during the pandemic than employers who posted weeks or months ago.

CareerLAB's Employer Relations staff are talking every day with employers who recruit at Brown and are sharing the information we're hearing through the Employer Relations newsletter. You can read the newsletter archives here and sign up to receive the newsletter here.

Reliable and verifiable information about what a wider range of employers are doing is difficult to come by. The tech employment website Candor has put together a crowd-sourced, continuously-updated list of which companies are currently hiring, freezing their recruitment, or laying off staff. At this time we can't verify the accuracy of all the information on the Candor spreadsheet, but it's consistent enough with what we're hearing from the employers who recruit at Brown that we think it's worth sharing.

Most employers have moved onto an interviewing platform that limits initial contact -- phone or video conferencing is most popular.  Things are changing day by day; right now no one is traveling. If in the future interviewing requires you to travel and you don’t feel comfortable doing so, please discuss your concerns with the HR representative and they should help find alternatives.  Most organizations are in similar boats regarding travel restrictions so be patient as protocols develop.  You may see an upsurge in interviewing when there is more certainty with containment and we see a shift in reported cases. (Remember, handshakes are a formality many organizations are foregoing to limit the transfer of germs, so don’t be concerned if no one greets you with a handshake.) 

If I’ve already been offered a job or internship should I check in with my employer to see if there have been any changes because of the pandemic?
Yes, we would recommend reaching out to the employer and just confirming the opportunity has not been effected by the COVID-19 outbreak and is continuing on the initial timeline.  

What do I do if my internship or job is canceled?
Please schedule a video or telephone meeting with a CareerLAB counselor through Handshake by clicking here.
We can help you draft communications to your employer and work on a new plan going forward.

Does a Work From Home remote internship this summer count as much as an on-site one?
Yes, future employers will focus primarily on what you achieved/learned rather than where it was located - especially this summer.  Talk this through with a Career Counselor for additional guidance on this topic.

What if I don’t get an internship this summer?
It’s OK!  What you do or don’t do this summer does not affect the rest of your professional career.

I need to make money this summer. If I just take a paying job rather than an internship in a field that interests me, will that hurt my chances for future jobs or internships?
No, what you do this summer does not affect the rest of your professional career.

Common LINK/Signature/UTRA Programs Questions:

I had plans to work internationally this summer. Will my research/funding be affected?
Yes, unfortunately. Due to the restrictions on international travel from the United States, the University will not be able to fund Summer 2020 opportunities for research and internships outside the United States.

If I am an international student, can I receive funding for research/internship opportunities in my home country? We will contact international students seeking funding for opportunities in their home countries to discuss possible options. We will also allow applicants for international awards to propose alternative projects.

I missed the second deadline for LINK, am I able to get my internship opportunity funded?
Yes, your opportunity may qualify for a SPRINT award. This summer, the College in partnership with CareerLAB, the Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning, and the Swearer Center for Public Service will offer new opportunities for students to receive funding for remote short-term internships, course development projects, and community engagement experiences.

How do I apply for a SPRINT award?
Learn more about how to apply and the deadlines here.

Are domestic remote opportunities still being funded?
Yes, we currently plan to continue funding US domestic opportunities if they are remote.

 

Program

Updated Application Deadline

Award Decision Notification Date

Award Acceptance/ Decline Date

Contact Person or Email Address

CCG in NYC

 

Echoing Green

 

Media in LA

n/a

Applications were sent to employers on March 20. Employers will conduct virtual interviews with select candidates and make offers by Wednesday, April 8

Individual employers will discuss a timeline

[email protected]

iProv

n/a

Wednesday, April 1

Wednesday, April 8

[email protected]

LINK Round 1

n/a

Wednesday, April 8

Wednesday, April 15

[email protected]

LINK Round 2

Wednesday, April 29

Wednesday, May 13

Wednesday, May 20

[email protected]

Royce

n/a

Wednesday, April 8

Wednesday, April 15

[email protected]

UTRA (domestic)

n/a


Wednesday, April 1

Wednesday, April 8

[email protected]

SPRINT May 18th Early June TBD [email protected]

What should I do If I have already applied for a LINK, Royce, or UTRA funding but my internship or research experience has been canceled? Please email the appropriate contact (listed above) as soon as possible. You may also consider applying for SPRINT funding for an alternate internship opportunity before the deadline of May 18th.