COVID Internship Guidelines

COVID Crusader Internship Fund Guidelines

This guide is intended for students and employers participating in the Crusader Internship Fund during summer 2021 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. With the mandate of social distancing and the unknown work climate, we have assembled the following COVID guidelines for internship funding through the Crusader Internship Fund.

 

Will the Crusader Internship Fund Support Both In Person and Remote Internships?

It will be up to the College to determine if funding will be available for in-person internships depending on the status of the pandemic.  Remote internships that meet the criteria outlined below, are eligible for funding through the Crusader Internship Fund.  We recommend you discuss the option of both in-person and remote as part of the internship hiring process.In the event that workplaces continue to operate remotely, please read through our guide and take special care when developing the framework for a remote internship. 

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

There are many benefits to an in-person internship because of the opportunity to experience the culture of the organization, and to understand the workplace setting and dynamics of working in a particular industry (lab, trading floor, traditional office, etc.).  Remote internships do not allow for this 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.  

Our students and their supervisors'  remote experiences last summer were overwhelmingly positive, and we have determined that as long as the internship meets the qualifying internship criteria, it can be a valuable learning experience. 

 

Qualifying Internship Criteria

What are the requirements for an internship funded by the Crusader Internship Fund?

  • Take place during the summer
  • Be unpaid
  • Provide exposure/experience to a career field of interest 
  • A dedicated supervisor who oversees the learning and growth of the student
  • Weekly (at a minimum) meetings with the supervisor 
  • Be at an organization for which the student has not already worked 
  • A platform for communication and flow of work (FOR REMOTE: Zoom, Skype, Google Meets, etc.) free of charge
  • Student/Employer mutually agreed upon Learning Outcomes, and goals for the internship
  • Employer to complete a final written evaluation of the student
     

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. There are two options for internships, full time and part time.  A full time internship would entail 250-300 total hours and a part time internship would entail 200-250 total hours.  

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 can 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 connect with a representative from the organization via Handshake to confirm the details of the internship.