Whether you have a formal experience or not, there are a variety of activities that you can do this summer to further your career development. If your plans have changed or are uncertain, the information below will help you to navigate the current hiring landscape and explore possible alternatives to a formal internship experience.
A&S Career Development counselors are available to assist students in creating an individualized summer plan. Schedule an appointment.
Watch the recording for Rethinking Summer 2020: Making the Most of Your Summer webinar.
Watch the recording for Making the Most of Your Remote Experience webinar.
Keep up to date with important resources, news, and FAQs for A&S students through the College of Arts & Sciences COVID-19 web page.
Health Careers students should refer to the Spring 2020 COVID-19 Health Careers FAQ site for information. This FAQ page is not meant to provide universal or absolute answers, but rather to be a centralized resource to keep you all up-to-date. .
Tips for building your summer experience:
- Consider your goals. What skills would you like to develop? What would you like to learn? Where are there gaps in your current experience? What careers would you like to explore?
- Be creative and proactive. What unique skills do you have to offer? Who might benefit from your knowledge?
- Be flexible. There is no one-size-fits-all experience. Try mixing and matching from the lists below.
Is my internship still happening?
Many internships will continue, some will shift to remote work, while others may be canceled. For students currently active in the recruiting process, it is important to maintain contact with recruiters, hiring managers and supervisors.
- Reach out. Get in touch with the hiring contact to check on the status of your position.
- Acknowledge that these are challenging times. In correspondence with employers, emphasize that you are aware that things may be moving slowly, and they may not have all of the answers.
- Talk with employers about possible remote options. If your employer is considering canceling the experience or has rescinded the offer, ask about different opportunities for working remotely for the summer. Think about possibilities for how the work you planned for the summer may be able to be carried out remotely so you can “pitch” that idea. Remind them that you’re here, you have skills that might benefit them, and that you’re enthusiastic about helping.
- Consider Networking. Reach out to alumni or other connections at the organization to gain insight into the current response and plans.
Searching for Remote Work
While many industries have slowed down hiring, others have not. Some may even have an increased demand for talent. When searching opportunities, focus on positions that have been posted in the last 2 weeks- they are the most likely to be accurate.
Utilizing Handshake for job/internship search:
- When searching for opportunities on Handshake, be sure to sort by "date posted".
- Utilize keywords and filters to identify relevant postings. The best way to search for remote opportunities is to use the keyword search box and type in the word "remote".
- "Favorite" employer profiles and save job search preferences to get notifications when new opportunities are posted.
Resources for Remote Job & Internship Search
- Entrepreneurship at Cornell: Search startup opportunities posted by Cornellians.
- Blue Ripple Politics: Listing of Democratic political campaigns accepting virtual/remote students this summer.
- Idealist.org: Non-Profit jobs and volunteering site. Search remote positions by using the search option for Remote or On-site.
- Generation.Do.It:nonprofit project that connects young talent with internships and volunteering opportunities where they can have an impact by working on real-world problems.
- Symba: Connects companies with all-star talent from around the world. Submit an application to be connected with remote opportunities in Technology, Business, Marketing, and more.
- Covintern: Students can get connected with remote internships at top startups and companies.
- Internfromhome.com: Virtual internships and jobs.
- Notion.so: Remote mentorship, internships, jobs, and community for students.
- iX Remote: Offers students a way to learn industry-relevant skills, gain work experience and improve their career prospects.
- Weworkremotely: Job board advertising full and part time remote work.
- Remote.co: Search remote positions by industry, learn more about remote work through articles and blogs, and have questions answered by leading remote companies and virtual teams.
- LinkedIn: Search jobs using key words in both the job search and location fields (ex: remote, virtual, etc.).
- Upwork and Fiverr: Two freelance portals students can join to promote their skills for potential monetization.
Micro-internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable college students to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as they seek the right full-time role. Unlike traditional internships, micro-internships typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work. Projects are due between one week and one month after kickoff.
- Students can search for micro-internships in Handshake. These opportunities will be 4 weeks or less in length. Use the keywords "micro" or "micro-internship" to search for micro-internships.
- Parker Dewey: Search micro-internships that can be done remotely.
Volunteerism is a great way to build skills, gain experience, explore various careers, and increase your professional network while making a difference in your community.
Digital volunteering resources:
- Volunteer to work on a political campaign: Sign up on the campaign’s website (local, state, national). Many roles and responsibilities can be done virtually.
- Tech for Campaigns: Matches volunteers to political campaigns in need of technical support based on the volunteer's technology skills.
- Catchafire: Short and long-term projects, similar to micro-internships, specifically for non-profits.
- Smithsonian Digital Volunteers: Digital Volunteers can now take on important assignments to expand access to the Smithsonian's massive collections, and can participate in a variety of research programs. Some roles require special knowledge or skill, but many do not.
- Amnesty International Decoders: Global network of digital volunteers helping to research and expose human rights violations.
- Translators without Borders: Translators without Borders depends on volunteers to translate millions of words, but also to help us run the organization. We work with volunteers who have all kinds of great skills – and many learn new skills that they can use in their jobs.
- Zooniverse: Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. The main ways of volunteering with us are helping us with classifications on data, being a beta tester on projects we've yet to launch, and being a moderator for a project.
- Crisis Text Line: Free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who are trained and work remotely—anywhere with a computer and secure internet connection works.
- Project Gutenberg: Library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Volunteers work to digitized and diligently proofread eBooks, for enjoyment and education.
- Service learning opportunities by subject area: Example subject areas are Africana studies, astronomy, criminal justice, environmental studies.
- DoSomething.org: Volunteering options for a variety of causes.
- VolunteerMatch Covid-19 Response: Resource hub and explore the growing network of #COVID-19 and virtual volunteering opportunities for practical actions to support your community.
- United Nations: The UN runs a virtual program connecting volunteers to organizations worldwide. About 12,000 volunteers are connected with public-impact opportunities in 187 countries. Help with writing and editing, translation, technology services, research, and advocacy, to name a few, and there is a variety of short and longer-term opportunities.
- Red Cross: During times of disaster, the Red Cross utilizes digital volunteers to monitor online discussions to find people who need help, and to share important updates on social media.
- Lifting Bridges: Virtual volunteering list.
- Women's Breast and Heart Initiative: Participate in the Virtual Breast Cancer and Heart Disease Advocate Program. Become an advocate for breast cancer and heart disease.
- 7 Cups Volunteer Listener: 7 Cups connects people to caring listeners for free emotional support. Become a volunteer listener.
- BeMyEyes: App that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers.
- LibriVox: LibriVox volunteers read and record chapters of books in the public domain (books no longer under copyright), and make them available for free on the Internet.
- National Park Service: Test, evaluate or develop elements of the NPS’s online presence.
- Right Here at Home: Train others in technology to help overcome poverty.
- Missing Maps: Digital mapping to help disaster relief.
- Mapping Prejudice: Volunteers are needed to review deeds and other historical documents to flag them for racial language.
Build Your Professional Network
One of the best ways to expand your career knowledge and interests (industry, company, or specific position) is to learn from someone who is connected to it first-hand. Building connections will provide you an invaluable opportunity to develop and prepare for your career goals. This is what networking is about.
- Cornell Career Services Networking Resources: information on developing and maintaining relationships and Informational Interviewing.
- CUeLINKS: A university-wide online networking platform where students can connect with alumni and resources they need to achieve their academic, career, and personal goals.
- Cornell University LinkedIn page: search all Cornell alumni who have a LinkedIn Account. Search ‘Cornell University’ in the LinkedIn search bar. On the left, there is an option for ‘Alumni'. Filter by location, major, and more.
- Alumni Connections Program
- Look into Professional Associations in your field/industry interest area
- Intern.Club: community for interns, by interns. Meet other interns, build tour network, and make friends.
Develop New Skills
- InsideSherpa: Build experience and skills with company-backed Virtual Work Experience Programs.
- Mangement Consulted: Cornell students can access to MC’s entire library of resources – 500+ cases, 7 online video courses, and 10K case structure and math drills (an $800 value!) for free. Register here for immediate access.
- Wall Street Prep: Provides some free (and some with a fee) resources for financial modeling and technical interview prep.
- The Cambridge Consultant: Free case interview prep for consulting and blog about what it is like to be a consultant. focus on McKinsey Bain and BCG, but are interested in everything management and strategy consulting.
Take Free online courses
- LinkedIn Learning: Current Cornell students, faculty, and staff have free, unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning's online library of high-quality training videos featuring the latest software, creative, and business skills. Access over 11,000 online courses designed for all experience levels
- Coursera: Build skills with courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies.
- CornellX: Browse free online courses in a variety of subjects. Cornell University courses can be audited free or students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee.
- EdX: Access 2500+ online courses from 140 top institutions.
- Udacity: Offers around 200 courses that are completely free (but do not offer a certificate). Usually these courses are created as part of a paid micro-credential that Udacity offers called a Nanodegree. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Udacity is offering everyone one month free on 40 of their premium Nanodegree programs.
- CodeAcademy: Learn to code with interactive lessons & daily practice.
- Khan Academy: Expert-created content and resources for every course and level. Always free.
Develop Independent Projects
- Design your own programming/app development project.
- Participate in Hackathons & competitions. Check Eship @ Cornell for more information.
- Explore potential independent research or study through discussion with faculty in your area of academic interest.
- Create your own website, blog, or vlog.
- Polish up your Github or online portfolio.
- Reach out to local organizations to see if they would benefit from your skills.
Other Useful Articles and Blog Posts
Resources tracking employers hiring statuses:
- Candor list of Employers’ Hiring Status: "This is a user generated list, not moderated by Candor beyond merging duplicate entries and removing abusive language. We do not guarantee or imply that it's accurate." The best way to utilize this list is to see which employers ARE being reported to be still hiring.
- "Companies Hiring Near Me: Recession Proof Jobs Available Now": Management Consulted is compiling a list of companies who are hiring.
- Hiring2020: This list is crowdsourced. It is possible some of the information here is not accurate. The best way to utilize this list is to see which employers ARE being reported to be still hiring.
- Is my Internship Cancelled list: All hiring information here is curated from the Internet, and the sources are listed in the Contributions document. If there is an official notice from the organization regarding their internship program's status, it will be linked.
- JobScan's "Are Companies Still Hiring?" site - list of industries still hiring and tips.
Other Useful Articles:
- Handshake's "Get hired remotely" blog has resources for the remote job search.
- "The 18 Best Remote Jobs Boards in 2020" By Biron Clark
- "6 Steps How To Get a Remote Job This Weekend in 2020 (Ultimate Guide)" by Ryan Robinson
- "78 Best Freelance Jobs Websites to Get Remote Freelance Work (Fast) in 2020" by Ryan Robinson
- "Micro-Internships: Just a Gig or a Promising Gateway?" by Julia Freeland Fisher
- Avoid scams with remote work and micro internships Handshake article
- "Over 400 Ivy League classes are now free online" by Tybany Yune