Career Services during COVID-19

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The Office of Career Services is here to support students during the college's remote learning period. We are offering phone and email appointments; students can schedule these appointments as they normally would on Handshake.

Below are proactive steps students can take. Students are also advised to check their e-mail regularly, as we will continue to communicate with students about internship opportunities, virtual events, and resources.

Make a Phone Appointment with a Career Adviser

You can schedule a time for us to touch base by phone or email as you normally would on Handshake. You can use your appointment however it would benefit you, whether that be coming up with a plan for your internship/job search, finalizing your resume, or practicing your interview skills. 

Read Career Services' Weekly Update

View our "weekly update" email sent to all students which includes the latest remote internships and entry-level opportunities posted on Handshake, upcoming virtual events, online resources, career tips, and more!

Watch a Recorded Career Services Event

Navigating the Job Market during an Uncertain Time—Virtual Panel featuring Alumni HR Professionals

In an effort to help seniors as they prepare to enter a post-COVID-19 workforce, Career Services will moderate a discussion with two HR professionals, ViacomCBS’s Adam Treitler ’14 and Ogilvy’s Fanni Gabor ’12.

How to Make Connections and Build Your Personal Brand—Virtual Panel featuring Alumni Influencers

On this panel, students will hear from alumni influencers on how they leveraged their passion for social media into full-time employment working with burgeoning platforms. Advice on building a digital presence will also be provided. Our alumni panelists include Dominique Fluker ’14, Mia Lardiere ’14, Lindsey Holmes ‘04, & Willa Bennett ’17.

How to Build Your Alumni Network on SLC Connect

During this live presentation, Career Services will walk students through the process of creating their account on SLC Connect, Sarah Lawrence’s student-to-alumni networking platform. They will also offer advice and best practices for reaching out to alumni.

Continue with Your Internship/Job Search

Employers are still be posting opportunities, including in-person and remote positions on Handshake, our online internship and job database. There are over 500 employers currently hiring students and recent grads on Handshake. To log in for the first time, visit sarahlawrence.joinhandshake.com and reset your password using your Sarah Lawrence email address. Also, check out our Career Communities webpage which includes industry specific internship and job search sites. To gain a better insight into how employers hiring practices have changed, we recommend that you view our virtual panel, Navigating the Job Market during an Uncertain Time featuring two alumni HR professionals. 

Check In with Your Contacts

In addition to checking in with family and friends, reach out to contacts at your former internship sites on LinkedIn and find out how they’re coping in light of COVID-19.

Network with Alumni

Have you activated your SLC Connect account? This online community is a great place to reach out to professionals because all of the alumni on the site have volunteered to speak with students one-on-one. To get started, watch "How to Build Your Alumni Network on SLC Connect," which will walk you through the process of creating your account, and offer advice and best practices for reaching out to alumni.

Maximize Your Digital Footprint

Many recruiters have told us that they pre-screen applicants on social media. Take the time to make sure that your profiles are working for you, not against you. And if you don't yet have a LinkedIn account, create one. Make an appointment with a career adviser to learn strategies on creating your profile, identifying alumni and employers to reach out to for career advice, and navigating the site to search for internships and job postings. Last month, four of our alumni working in social media also took the time to offer strategies to current SLC students. You can view a recording of this virtual panel "How to Make Connections and Build Your Personal Brand" by clicking on the hyperlink. 

Online Resources for Students

Handshake

All SLC students have free access to Handshake! The site features thousands of active internship and full-time job opportunities. After applying on Handshake, Sarah Lawrence students accepted internships at organizations such as O, The Oprah Magazine, FilmNation Entertainment, "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," and more.

To log in for the first time, visit sarahlawrence.joinhandshake.com, and enter your Sarah Lawrence e-mail address. You'll receive a message in your inbox with instructions to set your password. If you have trouble logging in or need help with navigating the site, please e-mail careerservices@sarahlawrence.edu

SLC Connect

SLC Connect is our alumni networking website, where students and alumni can message each other directly. This is a wonderful way to begin to build your network, as well as get advice for breaking into an industry.

Career Communities

The Career Communities website, developed by our staff, contains comprehensive resources by industry, and provides information such as where past Sarah Lawrence students have interned.

Helpful Links

Within our Career Communities website, the Helpful Links page provides resources applicable to all Career Communities. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I still apply for summer internships or jobs?

Yes, but be patient. Realize that securing summer interns/new hires may not be a priority right now for companies and organizations, as they continue to focus on the well-being of their current employees. Some companies may also be pushing back their application period and therefore you may not have an internship/job confirmed until May or June. You may also see a trend in companies and organizations posting remote opportunities. With things changing so rapidly, keep in mind companies are also adapting.

I was unable to attend Career Services' virtual programs, are the recordings available?

Yes, all programs were recorded so you are able to access them anytime at your convenience: "How to Build Your Alumni Network on SLC Connect", "Navigating the Job Market during an Uncertain Time", and "How to Make Connections and Build Your Personal Brand". We are continually working on new programs for the summer; stay tuned.

Does Career Services have any leads on jobs or internships?

We are happy to say that we do, thanks to our amazing community! Since President Judd unveiled a new website where parents, families, and alumni can share leads, we've received "inside information" on several job and internship opportunities. Career Services is posting all of these submissions under the "Opportunities" section of SLC Connect. Activate your SLC Connect account today! 

Can Career Services help me develop a career plan of action?

Yes, please make an appointment with a career adviser and well help you develop short-term and long-term goals with action steps.  We’ve also developed a “plan of action” you can use as a guide in taking the next steps in your career development.

Should I still apply for funding for my summer internship?

Unfortunately, all of our funding for remote summer internships has already been awarded. If you need help finding a paid internship or job opportunity, please make an appointment with a Career Adviser on Handshake

Can I still apply to live in on-campus summer intern housing?

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer on-campus intern housing for summer 2020. We hope that you will still be able to complete your internship remotely, which is the case for many of the employers we've spoken to. If you were planning to apply for this housing and need help finding a remote opportunity, please make an appointment with a Career Adviser on Handshake.  

What should I look for in a remote internship?

Virtual/remote-based internships are internships in which an intern works in a location other than the traditional office setting. Given the current COVID-19 health crisis, many employers are having their interns work remote over the next few months. In addition to the health crisis, there are employers in general that are looking to bring on new talent to their company, and virtual jobs/internships are an innovative way to do that! However, virtual/remote internships take discipline and a lot of communication between the employer and the student intern. There are several ways that communication can take place, through email, Zoom, Skype, phone, etc. It is extremely important for daily communication to happen and often multiple time throughout the day. All internships (in-person or remote) are supervised learning experiences.

Criteria for Virtual/Remote-based Internships:

  • The internship description and communication from employer should clearly state:
    • Description of intern responsibilities with clear expectations and deliverables
    • The type of training provided and how training will be provided
  • Supervision/mentoring provided including the communication plan with preferred methods of communication:
    • Number of hours the intern will be working on projects per week
    • Number of direct supervision/mentoring hours the intern will be provided per week
    • Methods of communication: Email, Phone conferences, Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom, etc.
    • Schedule/process for checking in with supervisor regarding progress reports (i.e., daily, weekly, etc.)
    • Clear commitment of time and technology/tools required of intern
    • Opportunities to present work and/or collaborate with other employees
  • There should be clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  • There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.