During the pandemic, most college students are stuck when it comes to internships. However, some companies have adjusted to the new reality and allowed undergraduates to work remotely. The biggest challenge has been adapting.
Nearpod social media intern Carol Chinea is an FIU senior who has been working with the company for almost two years. Her role didn’t change much after COVID-19. “If anything, now there is a lot more work,” Chinea said. “Our social media channels have just been growing so much.”
Even though she misses having one-on-one moments with her coworkers and small talk after work, she loves not having to deal with traffic and being able to make her own schedule.
Working from home has been one of the biggest perks for some of these students. Even though the experience has been a positive one, it has been a learning experience adjusting to the new normal. “Whenever you have a problem with something, instead of going to someone to ask them for a question, you have to take it upon yourself to do your own research and find that answer yourself,” Chinea says. This has made her take ownership of her work and she hopes that she can continue being challenged while learning new skills that can help her while working remotely.
Working remotely isn’t a learning experience just for students. Recruiters have also had to adapt to this new reality. E.W Scripps Company Emerging Talent Leader Chip Mahaney spoke about how his routine has changed and how much he misses not being able to meet people and visit classrooms. He also encourages students to network on LinkedIn and scour the internet for internships — even though there might not be much out there.
These have been uncertain times for everyone. However, one thing is certain: This has been a learning experience for everyone, and we are all trying to make the best of it.