As the College has moved to distance learning for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, we are encouraging students currently participating in spring 2020 internships and any other experiential learning arrangements to heed the CDC and national guidelines for personal and community health and safety by making adaptive and alternative/remote arrangements for completion.
You have worked hard to prepare, find and plan your internships and experiential learning arrangements. We know that many of you are actively involved in your internship experience, and/or have been making arrangements for an upcoming 3 week or summer internship.
What we have been hearing from colleagues at other schools and companies is that everyone is hopeful for upcoming opportunities. Organizations and employers are pivoting as quickly as possible to work with students and new hires remotely. And, that remote, project-based work offers an opportunity to help both employers and students during this unprecedented time. Benefits for employers include the opportunity to cultivate their talent pipeline, evaluate the work of students and assess their fit to the organization.
We encourage you to work closely with your faculty sponsor if you are currently in an internship to make adaptations for completing your work and receiving the credits you are seeking. Faculty members will work with you if you are able to complete your hours remotely, or if you need additional assignments, and to find other creative and flexible options.
Here are some of the options for students who are currently enrolled in a 290, 390 or SPST 485 internship course - and for those planning an internship:
In some limited cases...
As of 3/18/20, spring 2020 current student interns and their faculty sponsors have received 2 emails with these options. Site supervisors have also received an email regarding the College’s updated plans for distance learning for the rest of the semester.
The Guilford Guides team will be working on communications to students to share resources and preparatory support for finding remote internships, virtual internships, micro-internship options, as well as support for job search and interviewing skills at this time.
Spring 3 week internships:
The deadline for spring 3 week internships is now April 3. Students should still complete the online registration form, when they have secured a site/site supervisor, faculty sponsor and when they have an approved internship proposal. The signature approval form and the Assumption of Risk form are both embedded in the registration form.
The deadline for summer internship registration is still June 5 (using the same online form). From what we have heard to date, most companies are still planning to host summer interns. We will provide updates as things develop.
During the week of March 23, Guided Discovery will be reaching out to constituents in the following ways:
Here is a google folder where we are archiving internship, experiential learning and job search information: