COVID-19 FAQs

Are employers still hiring for full-time jobs and internships?

Yes! We are approving new jobs and internships in Handshake on a daily basis. While there are opportunities available across all industries, some have been impacted less than others, such as Pharma and Med Devices, Healthcare and Services and Non-Profit, which have seen the smallest decline in postings. Regardless of industry, you should expect recruiting processes to be virtual, from interviewing to onboarding. We expect most internships and jobs available will remain remote at this time. For more information about remote work, including how to find remote jobs and internships via Handshake and other sites, check out our Guide to Remote Work.

Who is still hiring?

  • New jobs & internships posted daily in Handshake (TIP: Filter search results by posting date to see the newest results)
  • There are a number of databases that track who is still hiring, including:

What about Recruiting and Information Sessions?

Many employers are also looking to conduct recruiting events and virtual info sessions remotely.  These will be posted in Handshake for RSVPs and links to how the employer will be hosting the virtual session.

We are still taking reservations for the Fall On-Campus Interview (OCI) season, but have plans in place to hold sessions remotely as necessary. Handshake will have the most up-to-date information on these sessions as well. These are typically not officially shown until the end of the summer so check back later to see more postings as they come in. Information on interview sessions can be found in the On-Campus Interviews section. Specific postings will be under Jobs when available.

What if I can’t/didn’t find an internship for the summer?

Employers recognize that this is an unusual time for all of us and are likely to be understanding about changes in summer plans. If you were not able to find a summer internship, there still many possible ways to have a productive summer:

  • Consider volunteer work – use www.idealist.org to search for volunteer opportunities in your local community.
  • Be entrepreneurial – pitch specific projects or consulting work to local business owners based upon identified needs/problems and proposed solutions to those dilemmas.
  • Develop new skills – Ever wanted to learn how to model in Excel, program in Python, improve your public speaking skills? This could be the perfect time to do some credentialing. Penn’s subscription with LinkedIn Learning (linkedinlearning.upenn.eduallows you access to hundreds of online courses for free. Even better, you can then add them to your LinkedIn profile when complete, especially if these are highly sought skills in your target job or internship market.

Is it still ok to reach out to Penn alumni or network during the pandemic?

Now is as important a time as ever to work on and perfect the art of networking. While so many of us are trapped at home due to COVID-19, many Penn alumni may very much welcome the opportunity to connect with a current Penn student or fellow alum. Making connections with alumni who work at a company or in an industry that interests you is one of the best ways to learn quickly, make a good impression and possibly get a foot in the door. We talk a lot about networking on our Make Connections and Network page. On that page we discuss networking and what it is, who you should be networking with and when it’s the best time to network. We also have our Quick Guide to Informational Interviewing. That guide gives advice on how to ask for an informational interview, offers best practices and a list of sample questions so that you can get the most out of your interaction. Information on networking databases like LinkedIn, QuakerNet and CareerShift can also be found on that page. Feel free to check out our online networking course for additional tips!

It goes without saying that this is a challenging time for everyone. While many alumni may be happy chat about their careers, others may be experiencing loss or uncertainty either in their jobs or with their loved ones. Please remember to network with sensitivity and awareness that connecting at this time may not be viable for some.

What happens if my internship was cancelled or job offer was rescinded? Can I still put it on my resume?

If your internship program has been cancelled, you can and should consider including it on your resume. It can look something like this:

Employer Name, Internship Title (Summer 2020 – cancelled due to COVID19)

  • Accepted full-time internship offer with Employer, program suspended due to public health pandemic
    • Check with employer to see if you can include their name. If not, list the kind of employer and/or the industry.)
  • If the organization is offering online lecture or training, you may also indicate that as a bullet on your resume—e.g. “Will complete virtual leadership training”

I have a virtual interview coming up. What are some tips to ace the interview?

Apply the same tips and tricks to video interviews that you would for interviews that take place in person.

  • Review our Sample Behavioral Interview Questions: https://careerservices.upenn.edu/resources/behavioral-interview-prep-sheet/ and the STAR method (Situation, Target, Action, Result).
  • Be mindful of your background. Make sure it’s not too busy or distracting, and do what you can to eliminate background and ambient noise.
  • This may seem obvious, but find a steady surface for your device if you aren’t using a desktop. A wobbly picture can be very distracting.
  • Do what you can to focus on your camera rather than on the image of the interviewer. Lean in, and be engaged.
  • Feel free to schedule a mock interview with a Career Services advisor though Handshake! We can connect with you over BlueJeans so you can practice, and we can offer individualized feedback.

Given my grades for 2019-20, I would normally have been granted Dean’s List but since it wasn’t offered in spring 2019, how do I indicate that on my resume?

Since Dean’s List was not granted in the spring of 2019, even if you had high enough grades to normally qualify for it, you cannot list it on your resume or say that you “would have” qualified for it. Instead, these are your options:

  • Include an asterix * after your GPA (or after other year’s mentions of Dean’s List) and then a footnote reading “Dean’s List Honors were suspended ‘19-’20” like this – Honors: Dean’s List 2018-2019*              (*Dean’s List Honors were suspended for academic year ’19-’20)
  • For students who are regularly awarded Dean’s list could say: Honors: Dean’s List (All Eligible Years)

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