In response to the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), CALS Career Services has adjusted services to align with public health recommendations from university and government officials. Please review the information below to learn how students are able to continue working with us as the situation evolves.
- Career Advising Appointments: CALS career advisors remain available to speak with students through virtual or phone meetings. CALS students can find advising information on the CALS Career Services website.
- Co-op/Job/Internship Applications: Handshake remains available to students to review and apply for internships, jobs, and co-ops.
- Interviews: Students and employers are encouraged to contact the UW-Madison career center who organized their upcoming interview/s on-campus. Interviews may take place virtually.
- Career Events and Information Sessions: Many upcoming career events may be converted to virtual sessions. Students should visit Handshake or contact their career center for more information. To learn more about a scheduled information session employers are encouraged to connect with the career center who is sponsoring their event.
- Career Fairs: UW-Madison career centers will provide updates regarding fall 2020 career fairs in late spring.
- Currently Employed Students: Students working in an internship or job in the spring 2020 semester should check in with their employer to learn if they should continue to report to work. Students earning credit for an internship should contact CALS Career Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) or an academic advisor for additional information.
- Online Resources: Students are encouraged to utilize online resources through the CALS Career Services Website.
- Inquiries: Students are encouraged to contact CALS Career Services at email@example.com or schedule an appointment with a career advisor. Students exploring careers and majors within CALS should schedule an appointment with an advisor from the Transitional Advising & Outreach Services Team. Students who are interested in pre-professional paths should contact the Center for Pre-Health Advising or Center for Pre-Law Advising.
Please visit https://covid19.wisc.edu/ for university-wide updates about plans and response to COVID-19.
The Impact of COVID-19 and Career Development
Given the challenging circumstances, you may find yourself with questions and in situations you have not thought about. Below are some issues you may be experiencing , and how to address them. If you need additional support, please make a virtual appointment with someone from the career services team!
- I no longer wish to complete my spring or summer internship due to health concerns
- Talk to the site supervisor and the faculty internship supervisor. Be aware of credit and grading implications for the internship. Even in this very unique situation, consider the professional implications of leaving an internship early.
- I need additional support completing my Spring 2020 internship remotely.
- Similar to above, speak with both the site supervisor and faculty instructor for the internship. Refer to the learning goals you had for the experience and try to develop a remote experience that can achieve the learning goals.
- I need clarification about what is happening for the remainder of their Spring 2020 internship
- Reach out to the hiring manager or supervisor and ask about the status of their internship (or full time job). Expect some ambiguity around this for a couple weeks.