Among many other things, COVID ruined summer internships for students and changed the way they’ll find them for next summer.
As more companies begin opening up internship applications for summer 2021, some students are worried about how to secure these opportunities with COVID in mind.
For some students, previously canceled internships might still impact their upcoming summer plans, which contributes to their worry.
Amber Levesque already had her flights booked and living arrangements confirmed for her paid internship with Sen. Bill Cassidy in Washington D.C. when she was told that the office could no longer offer her the position.
While Levesque is glad to be offered the internship for summer 2021, “if he doesn’t get reelected then [she’s] out of the job.”
Still, Levesque isn’t completely sure that she’ll have the time to do the internship that should’ve happened in July.
“Next year [will be] a different time in my life and I’m hoping to get more involved in my sorority, and that involves a lot of time in the summer, which is when the internship would take place,” Levesque said.
Manship professor Robert Mann encourages students to use these unique circumstances to their advantage when securing jobs.
“Don’t just focus on one or two potential interviews; interview for a lot of internships,” Mann said.
"You may do two or three interviews for jobs that you’re not all that excited about and you might not get them or you might turn them down, but when interview six comes around and it’s really something you want you’ll be a lot better." Mann said.
Both Levesque and Mann are hopeful that COVID will spare this upcoming summer and allow for both remote and in-person internships.