Your Summer Internship Is Cancelled...Now What?
If your summer internship program is postponed, altered, or canceled -- you’re not alone. Coronavirus has changed the face of business for this season and unfortunately, many programs are unable to move forward as planned. If you’re unable to participate in an internship this summer, you may be feeling worried about your career path. Let’s hear from our hiring experts about future internships and moving forward. 

Be Flexible

Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, shares, “Having a plan or ‘checklist’ for your job progression is a great tool to ensure you achieve your goals for your career. However, I think it's also important to keep in mind that there is no one clearly defined path to success. Everyone is going to have a different career path, timeline, and ‘checklist.’ As a student, there are certain ‘requirements’ you should complete during your college career such as securing an internship, being involved with organizations on or off-campus, taking on a leadership position, etc. The timing of these events is solely up to you and is flexible. As you continue towards graduation, it's important to keep certain checklist items in mind to achieve your goals...However, you should keep in mind that especially in light of current circumstances, things may not go as planned. It's important to be flexible and keep in mind that your ‘checklist’ may be completed on a different timeline than you originally hoped for.”   More from Ashley

Don’t Give Up

If your internship is canceled and you have to start your search over, don’t give up. If you’re unsure where to begin again, Makailyn, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., shares, “When you begin your internship search, it's a good idea to take a look at what industries or companies you have an interest in. I would recommend taking a look at their websites and trying to learn what makes their internship program unique. This should also provide you with an idea as to when these companies are looking to fill internship positions. Another avenue you could explore is your career services at your university. Your career services staff should be aware of what companies are recruiting at your campus and what opportunities these companies have for students. Career Services may be able to get you in contact with someone from the company or let you know when they are hiring. Attending virtual Information Sessions that companies have for your campus is a great way to learn more about the organization and start to build a network with those representatives from the company.”  More from Makailyn

Makailyn, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., says, “While it is hard to speak to every company’s hiring process, a lot of companies start filling their summer internships the fall before. For example, we will begin our recruiting process for Summer 2021 positions in August of 2020. When you go back to school in the Fall, I would recommend starting your job search right away by exploring what companies you are interested in and then visiting career services to find out when they will be on campus. Definitely make sure you visit the top companies on your list when they are on campus and especially at the career fairs. The hiring process and timeline could be different depending on the company, industry, or type of position, so researching the ones you are interested in is always a good first step!”  More from Makailyn

You’re Not Alone

No matter how your summer plans have been affected, you are not alone. Your fellow students, future coworkers, and potential employers are facing the same challenging season. As we weather this storm together, don’t hesitate to reach out to your community and your school support system. Your career center, professors, mentors, and friends are all great resources to help you stay on track with your goals.  
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