SUMMER PLANS DURING COVID-19
The UD Career Center understands that COVID-19 has impacted summer plans and you may be facing circumstances that interfere with your goals.
During this unprecedented time and based on your personal circumstances, how you spend your summer will be your own unique story to tell. When you connect with employers or graduate programs next year —what narrative do you want to tell about your Summer 2020 experience?
Employers will understand if you were not able to complete an internship, but they will look for ways that you adapted to this new environment and made a positive impact personally, within an organization or in support of your community.
Act on the things you can control, adjust expectations and pursue a new path.
Polish your online presence: Now is the time to focus on your online presence to ensure you present yourself effectively to employers and professionals.
Digital brand: This is who you are perceived to be online. Ensure that you have fully completed profiles on both Handshake and LinkedIn. Make sure to express your skills and interests for potential employers to see.
Digital shadow: Your shadow is what people find out about you when searching online. Google yourself and consider setting all social media accounts to private, reviewing profile pictures and having a friend or family member assess your presence.
Digital engagement: What are you commenting on? Who are you following? How are you engaging in your professional platforms?
Update your resume or CV: Update and revise your resume or CV using VMock, the Career Center’s AI-based resume feedback platform, or meet with a UD career counselor by scheduling an appointment through Handshake.
Practice interviewing: Prepare for your next meeting with an employer. The Career Center provides you free access to Big Interview, an online service which allows the opportunity to practice virtual interviews with hundreds of questions and options.
UD alumni can help you learn about pathways into jobs and build a professional network that will support you long after graduation from UD. There are a number of opportunities to engage with Blue Hens this summer who can offer advice, serve as a connector for job and internship opportunities and provide informational interviews:
Virtual Job Shadow Program: Offered during the week of June 8, this virtual job shadowing program allows students to learn more about various professions, receive career-related advice and reflect on the ways in which their education can prepare them for life after college by conducting a 1:1 virtual information interview with an employer or alum.
UD Career Acceleration Network (UD CAN): An online platform that connects UD students with alumni through the ability to send messages and set up virtual meetings for opportunities to explore career paths, prepare for the workplace and establish new connections in their network.
UD’s LinkedIn page: Access more than 120,000 alumni, where you can search by industry, job function, skill set, location and employer name, and send personalized connection requests. Remember to be polite and briefly explain your reasons for wanting to connect!
Handshake’s Peer Messaging: Connect with students at UD and other universities. Search for students and alumni based on attributes like previous employers, student organizations or major.
Employers are still recruiting for the summer, and there are a host of resources to connect you with job, internship and gig opportunities. While social distancing may limit your opportunities to find work with local small businesses, you can use your network of family and friends to ask who is hiring and consider contacting temporary staffing agencies.
Handshake: Thousands of new job and internship opportunities are posted each month by recruiters looking to hire students and alumni from UD.
Parker Dewey: Find virtual micro-internships (short-term, project-based work) at a variety of organizations.
QuadJobs: See postings for flexible pre-professional work opportunities for college students.
Internships.com: Search an aggregator of internship experiences.
CareerShift: Explore a database of job and internship opportunities, along with alumni and organizational contact information for networking.
Industry Specific Job & Internship Posting Sites: View the sites posted in your career communities of interest.
WayUp: Use this resource of job and internship opportunities with a focus on entry-level positions.
Idealist: Hunt for internship opportunities with nonprofit organizations.
Translation Jobs: Look for opportunities in translation, interpretation, localization, online teaching and more.
- Remote Job Sites: Find websites that list remote work opportunities.
UD faculty frequently take on students as formal or informal research and project assistants during the summer and UD offers options for you to complete a credit or noncredit independent project that will show up on your transcript.
Reach out to your academic advisor, faculty within your department or faculty who are working on research of interest to you. Most are still moving forward with their research and projects and may be able to take on virtual student assistants who show an interest in their work.
Review the two options to complete an independent summer project through UD.
Register for the zero-credit course UNIV 362 or 462. You won’t receive course credit, but it will show up on your transcript.
See if an independent study in your major is available which may have both credit and noncredit options
Nonprofits, particularly service-focused organizations, are always in need of assistance. Many serve constituents or have themselves been directly impacted by COVID-19.
Find volunteer experiences, including COVID-19 and virtual options
The sites below host thousands of unique virtual and in-person, long-term and short-term volunteer opportunities.
Find a nonprofit for direct outreach
Search the sites below and contact nonprofit organizations directly to work on projects or support their services. Share the skills you can provide them such as data input, evaluation and research on a program, translation and interpretation, outreach to donors, social media, etc.
Organizations recruiting a large volunteer base
Red Cross: They offer both remote and community-based opportunities
UN Online Volunteering Service: Online volunteering allows organizations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges
Smithsonian Digital Volunteers: Take on important assignments to expand access to the Smithsonian's massive collections, and can participate in a variety of research programs.
Translators Without Borders: Whether you are interested in translating medical texts or translating for crisis response, there are engaging projects available to suit all preferences
It is an election year which means there are ample opportunities to get involved in political campaigns and support issues that matter to you. Volunteer or work for a local, state or national candidate, a single issue organization or a political party. Almost all campaigns and organizations will have information on their website with ways that you can get involved. Some of the benefits of volunteering/working include:
Experience in fundraising, negotiating, direct marketing, event planning, cold calling, graphic design, database management, public relations and more
Build knowledge of current affairs
Gain networking opportunities and professional contacts
The University of Delaware Biden Institute has developed a resource list for UD students interested in getting involved in politics and policy this summer:
- ACLU: Nonprofit organization that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Click here to access a range of full-time and internship positions.
- Campaigns & Elections: Campaigns & Elections is a magazine that covers political campaigns, focused on tools and techniques of the political consulting profession. This website provides a list of both partisan and nonpartisan jobs.
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: Click here to access a list of job openings, and find Internships through this link.
- The Heritage Foundation: The Heritage Foundation is an American conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C., primarily geared towards public policy. Click here to view current openings.
- National Republic Congressional Committee (NRCC): NRCC is the Republican Hill committee that works to elect Republicans to the U.S. House of Representatives. Fill out job inquiry form through this link
- Organizing Corps Virtual Bootcamp 2020: Six-day interactive training for campaign organizing designed to get participants a paid full-time organizer job for the 2020 general election in AZ, FL, GA, MI, NC, PA or WI.
- Organizing Together 2020: A federal, independent campaign and coalition operating in the 2020 battleground states of AZ, FL, GA, MI, NC, PA or WI. Click on the state and open job positions will be under this link: organizing2020.com
- Republican National Committee: To work directly for the RNC, there are positions posted through this link.
- Swing Left: Swing Left is a national grassroots organization (Democratic) that was created following the election of Donald Trump in 2016; this group was founded to create easier ways for Democrats to volunteer in the nearest swing district. Open positions can be found through this link.
Have an idea to explore or a problem to solve? University of Delaware’s Horn Entrepreneurship is the creative engine for entrepreneurship education and advancement at UD. Their enrichment programs elevate the college experience by welcoming students into a like-minded community and supporting their acquisition of valuable skills, experiences and connections outside of the classroom.
A number of online skill and knowledge building online sites are offering free access or trials during COVID-19. These sites provide excellent opportunities to expand your career-ready skills and knowledge.
LinkedIn Learning: Sign up for a 30-day free trial to access more than 15,000 expert-led, online courses and video tutorials to learn business, creative and technology skills to achieve your personal and professional goals
Khan Academy: Online training in computing, coding, finance, economics, entrepreneurship, LSAT, MCAT and GMAT
- Codecademy: Access to 25 free introductory coding language and technology courses
- Skillshare: Sign up for a two-month free premium account and access thousands of free 30 to 90-minute classes for your career, passions and everything in between.
- General Assembly: Every week through June, join peers from around the world to experience their most popular workshops (ranging from $60 to $200 USD in value) — for free. From coding, to data and marketing, to UX design and career development, explore the tech skills that will keep you in demand and in the know.
We are giving our best effort to provide you with continued opportunities to build new skills, gain experience and network with alumni and potential employers. Please take advantage of the virtual resources the UD Career Center offers and allow your career community counselor to support you by scheduling a virtual or phone appointment through Handshake.