We know you are dealing with a lot right now, and that much is uncertain. We want you to know that we are here to support you, and offer ideas to help you make the most of your time spent away from campus.
We recommend you think very broadly about what this summer might look like. You might stay the course with your original plan. If for whatever reason your original plan is no longer on the table, we can think through the options with you. Remote work. A mini-project. A course to build skills in an area of interest to you. Informational interviews. We will keep this FAQ up to date with ideas and resources you can take advantage of wherever you are and advance your career goals. In addition to this resource, meet with an advisor to talk through your personal goals.
Sign up for a virtual appointment on Handshake.
I secured a summer internship. Is my internship going to happen?
Most employers we have heard from so far are still planning on having internship programs this summer.
If you are planning on working for an employer who has been greatly impacted by quarantine, you can offer to work remotely. Many employers now have remote work plans and will be well practiced at them by the summer.
What if I am still looking for an internship?
We encourage you to continue to apply for internships if you have not secured one yet. If you are looking for internships via networking, you can continue to do that too. Just be sensitive to the possibility that the alum or employer you’re talking with is also dealing with a lot of disruption and uncertainty. Be patient giving them time to reply. The situation is fluid, but there is no reason to stop looking now.
What happens if my internship gets cancelled? Or I can’t find an internship?
Search for short-term projects on Parker Dewey, a micro-internships platform. Projects are paid, and a great way to learn and demonstrate your skills.
Create an account here.
Virtual work experience programs are online programs developed by leading companies to take the user through tasks and tools typical for a role in a company. Get a sense of what that job is like and build key skills. There is no application, you can experiment and make mistakes without worry, and in many cases if you complete the program your application to the company gets priority status.
InsideSherpa is a free resource to try a virtual work experience.
Employers from all sectors love to see projects that demonstrate your interests, your ability to learn new skills, and your initiative. If you are looking for a position in a research-driven industry especially, like a think tank or consulting, this is a chance to create something of value for potential employers which you can highlight on your resume. Get ideas for projects from the sector-specific FAQs.
- Idealist is an international nonprofit job board. You can also search local volunteer opportunities, and search for organizations near you. Proactively reach out to organizations of interest to offer your skills and time.
- Volunteer Match lets you search for opportunities to volunteer all over the world, and you can filter for remote opportunities.
- Get ideas for organizations that need you on DoSomething.org
- Volunteer for a political campaign. Learn how to get started.
- Keep checking in with the McKeen Center.
Thinking about graduate school? Summer is a great time to prep for your exams! Check out these free or low-cost resources to prep for your exams:
Also, ETS is offering the GRE and TOEFL tests virtually in countries impacted by COVID-19, including in the US. To get the most up-to-date information, go to https://www.ets.org/
Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Consider exercise, journaling, self-reflection, and keeping in touch with loved ones as a way to recharge and be healthy.
The Bowdoin Counseling Center has curated resources to help you focus on your wellbeing while away from campus. https://www.bowdoin.edu/counseling/resources/covid-19/index.html