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Summer Internships

You've heard it over and over: a summer internship is a crucial component of a college student's career. Now it is time you actually do something about it.

Information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and internships

This guide is intended for students and employers in response to traditional, face-to-face internships not occurring during summer 2020 as planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the mandate of social distancing and shelter in place orders in effect, alternatives to traditional summer internships should be considered by students and employers alike.

Can my internship program take place this summer as I had originally planned?

While some sites are waiting to make a decision, it is likely that many summer internships will be moved to a virtual format or canceled altogether. 

Is a remote internship the same as a face-to-face internship?

First, let’s address some characteristics of an in-person internship.  The Holy Cross Center for Career Development considers an experience to be an internship if the following criteria are met:

  • A dedicated supervisor who is overseeing the learning and growth of the student

  • The experience is clearly defined by the host organization as an internship

  • Proper on-boarding of the student to the organization i.e. training and resources provided at the start of the internship to set the intern up for success

  •  Performing tasks that are similar in nature to an entry-level employee (without displacing an employee)

  • Involvement in staff meetings, calls and other meetings with clients and constituents (when possible)

  • Opportunity to experience the culture of the organization and understand the workplace setting and dynamics of “work” in a particular industry (lab, trading floor, traditional office, etc.)

  • Development of skills

  • Industry knowledge through immersion 

  • Mentoring 

Consequently, remote internships inherently cannot meet all this criteria, most especially the workplace setting-based norms, certain defined tasks and relationship building. Therefore, special care must be taken when developing a remote internship to ensure that it is a viable experiential learning opportunity.  

What is a remote internship?

A remote internship is done from home.  You are connected with an organization and report to a supervisor.  You have regular contact with that supervisor/team via virtual methods such as video calls, phone calls, instant messenger as well as other software that allows you to connect with the organization virtually.

How many hours is a remote internship?

The number of hours for a remote internship depends on the needs and the capacity of the employer.  Ideally the intern can contribute their talents 35 hours/week but fewer hours (no less than 15 ) are also acceptable and will vary from internship to internship. 

What are the benefits of a remote internship?

The primary benefit during this pandemic is to offer students a safe experience that exposes them to an organization and industry of interest while providing them an opportunity to do substantive work that contributes to the organization and builds a particular skill set.  Remote internships allow students to complete some professional assignments that involve engaging with others at the organization and building a professional network. 

What are the drawbacks of a remote internship?

The main drawback is the lack of in-person relationship building and immersion in the physical and cultural space which is typically so important for young professionals.

How can I be sure that an employer will provide an effective experience virtually?

The Center for Career Development is happy to work with employers to discuss our expectations of them as a host of a Holy Cross student at a remote internship. If you are receiving funding for your internship through the Crusader Internship Fund, the CCD must have a conversation with a representative from the organization to discuss the internship. 

What are the requirements for remote internships (for Holy Cross-funded students)?

  • A dedicated supervisor who is overseeing the learning and growth of the student

  •  Weekly meetings (at a minimum) with the supervisor

  •  Mutually agreed upon Learning Outcomes and goals for the internship

  •  Proper on-boarding and training

  • An ongoing list of assignments

  • A platform for communication and flow of work (Zoom, Skype, Google Meets, etc.) free of charge

  • Participation in staff meetings (if applicable)

  • Employer check in at midpoint of internship with CCD staff

  • Employer to complete a final written evaluation of the student

What if my employer cannot hire remote interns?

Ask the employer about the possibility of a micro-internship or project based work.

 What is a micro-internship?

Micro-internships are short-term, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns.  These projects enable students to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, contribute to the organization, and build their networks. Micro-internships typically range from 10-35 hours and projects are typically due between one week and one month after start. 

  • Clearly defined project(s)

  • A platform for communication and flow of work (Zoom. Skype, Google Meets, Go To Meeting

  • Central point of contact for project and deliverables as well as questions

Some examples of micro-internships are: 

Human Resources

  • Job Board Support (manage job postings)

  • Candidate Database Management

 

Accounting and Finance

  • Accounts receivable reconciliation (update ledger of paid and unpaid bills)

 

Sales/ Marketing

  • Social Media Management (campaign development, calendar management

  •  Marketing Content Creation (marketing flyers, website updates)

  • Prospect Research/Lead Generation

  • Competitive Research/Analysis

 

Technology

  •  User Experience Testing

  • Technical Writing (updating user manual)

  • Database Management

 

The Center for Career Development is hoping to create micro-internships with alumni specifically for Holy Cross students. Please be on the look-out for more information in the coming weeks. 

Tell me about Parker Dewey and their micro-internship platform.

Parker Dewey connects college students with hiring managers and teams who have project work available at their place of work.  All of the projects are compensated.  Sample projects include lead generation, prospect research, market research, data cleansing. Most micro-internships typically require 10-40 hours of work.  

How do I access Parker Dewey micro-internships?

Log on to parkerdewey.com and click on Who We Serve and Launch Your Career in the drop down menu.  You will need to complete a profile and then you will have access to the variety of projects available. 

 

The Center for Career Development posts hundreds of internship opportunities to all students through Handshake.  You’ll find a variety of internships to which you can apply including advertising, medicine, finance, law, publishing, research and social services, among many other fields. 

For a complete overview on how to find an internship, attend an Internship/Job Search Workshop. We will be conducting these workshops throughout the year on Wednesdays at 4:00pm in Hogan 203.  Visit the Calendar for a complete list of workshops.

Many internships are designed specifically for Holy Cross students and include:

  • Project-based internships with challenging work assignments

  • Supervision, evaluation and networking with key staff at the internship site, many of whom are Holy Cross alumni

  • Assistance and support throughout the application process and the internship from Holy Cross staff through site visits, evaluations, and regular communication

 

Summer Internship Funding

The Crusader Internship Fund provides a stipend for unpaid internships, allowing students to pursue an opportunity that they may not otherwise be able to accept. Last summer over 100 students received funding for internships across the board – nonprofits, government, communications, healthcare business, and the arts.

Sophomores and Juniors are eligible to receive summer internship funding once during their time at Holy Cross.