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The Ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Situation


Important: CIPE & Yale University Messaging

Center for International and Professional Experience

Before reviewing these resources and tips on your summer plans, please read the Center for International & Professional Experience's message regarding the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Yale's Office of Public Affairs & Communications

All university-sponsored international and domestic travel is now prohibited. Continuously updated information for all Yale affiliates, including graduate students, faculty, and staff, can be found on the Office of Public Affairs & Communications website. Research at Yale offers guidance for faculty and researchers at Yale during the COVID-19 outbreak.

File: Check out our slide deck with the resources you'll find below!

Identify your needs and goals

Review your summer goals to focus your plans. What are you hoping to do/learn/achieve? 

  • Industry knowledge?
  • Project management experience?
  • Computer/programming skills?
  • Foreign language competency?
  • Entrepreneurship?

Articulating any concrete (or new) goals will help as you consider new and different opportunities.

Pin: Use the Skills, Values, Interests inventory on the Career Decision-Making Process webpage to help with your self-assessment.

Remote Work Guidelines

Employers may consider converting interns to working remotely. Below are guidelines from OCS that can help make a remote experience as valuable as possible:

  • Consider creating a work plan or learning plan with your supervisor at the start of the internship.
  • Students should have regular check-ins and should correspond directly with the supervisor at least twice a week by phone, email or other method.
  • Students working remotely should have clear instructions and deadlines set by their supervisor throughout their internship.
  • Remote interns should have regular feedback and supervision on their assigned projects.
  • Finally, remote interns should keep a log of their projects that can be submitted to their supervisor on a weekly basis to track their progress.

If you have specific questions on how you may convert your opportunity to a remote working situation, consider making an appointment with an OCS advisor through Yale Career Link or emailing us at All appointments are EST.

Point:Search for remote positions in Yale Career Link! From your homepage, go to Jobs --> Search on the left. From there, select More Filters and click 'Yes' under Remote Position.

Link:Resources For Remote Work:

Will Employers Still Be Hiring Student Interns?

Point: Check out "It's Not Too Late to Get a Virtual Internship" from the New York Times.

"I secured a summer internship. Is it still happening?"

  • Many summer 2020 internship programs will likely continue but you should assess your personal situation.
  • Get in touch with the hiring contact to check on the status of your position.
  • If an employer would like to keep you on as an intern but is unsure whether employees will still be telecommuting this summer, share the above OCS Remote Work Guidelines with them. 

"I applied to summer internships but don't know if the employer is still hiring..."

  • Strongly consider networking! Many people are telecommuting and may find themselves with more availability to talk to you about the company’s status.
  • Gain alumni insight to learn what the company is considering for Summer 2020 hires.  

File: Sample Correspondence
Networking Email Samples: Reaching out to Alumni to Check on Internship Status

Looking to find Yale Alumni?

  • Use the Yale Alumni LinkedIn page which allows you to search all Yale Alums who have a LinkedIn Account. Search 'Yale University' in the LinkedIn search bar to find Yale's LinkedIn page. On the left, you will see an option for Alumni.
  • Search the OCS Peer Networking Lists found in Yale Career Link and filter by Employer Name.
  • Log into the Yale Career Network, a database of alumni who are interested in networking with fellow alums and current students.
  • Access the Contact Section of CareerShift, which allows you to search by Company Name and by University Attended. 

Can I find a professional opportunity in my hometown?

Yes! It may take some time and creativity depending on your town or city, but OCS advisors are available to help and here are some tips to start:

  • Be flexible and consider a number of ways to create a professional opportunity: volunteering, part-time jobs, short-term internships, remote micro-internships, remote internships, and shadowing.
  • Make a list of all the businesses/organizations of interest in your hometown. What functions do they have that they may need support with? Do they have any opportunities for a part-time student to create something they need?
  • Expand this list of potential employers in your hometown by utilizing the following OCS resources: D&B Hoovers, Guidestar, and CareerShift (Company Search). Access these resources through to get full access. Also check out your local Chamber of Commerce Directory for more ideas.
  • Consider all your hometown connections who may be able to assist you: family, friends, past teachers/coaches, past supervisors, high school alumni, a Yale Alumni Club in your area. 
  • If you are looking for part-time work, you may need to call businesses directly or email your resume to them. This may include remote micro-internships, or part-time or freelance work including online tutoring, etc.
  • Use larger job boards such as CareerShift (access through Yale Career Link, under the Resources section),,, and Of course, keep your eyes on Yale Career Link's job board but make use of others as well.

File: Sample Correspondence
Cold Email Samples: Reaching out to Contacts/Companies in your Hometown

If you are sending cold emails to local businesses/organizations, here are some pointers:

  • Use 'Dear' or 'Hello' to address the recipient
  • Always introduce yourself with your name and that you are a student at Yale
  • Share that you are living in your hometown this summer
  • Explain some of your interests and make a connection to the work they do
  • Ask if they need any full- or part-time help in your areas of interest 
  • Attach a resume
  • Thank them for their time

Tip: Check out OCS' Professional Experiences & Internships page for additional tips and resources. There are sub-sections for undergrads, graduate students, and housing resources. There are also checklists for before, during, and after any experience you participate in.

What about online learning?

You may be interested in skill development either through an online course or self-directed study. Here are a few options: 

  • Yale students can review online course options through Yale Summer Session.
  • You have access to LinkedIn Learning as a Yale student. Access hundreds of skill-based courses.
  • Learn or continue in a language: download and use the DuoLinguo app, take out a language book from your local library, set up a weekly Zoom call with a native speaker. 

If you decide to learn a new skill independently, it will be helpful to find a system to keep yourself on track. Create a calendar for yourself, and check out the sample Learning Plan from OCS with a template you can complete on your own.

Point: Don't forget about podcasts related to careers and career development.

  • OCS' Take This Job And Love It podcast features career strategy advisors and featured guests tackling a variety of topics relevant to the job/internship search process.
  • How I Got Here, a podcast that focuses on how professionals found their ideal jobs over the course of their careers. In each episode, two MBA students from MIT Sloan (one is a Yale alum!) interview a professional about how they navigated the twists and turns of their career and figured out what to do next. You can listen to all of the episodes here. 
  • How I Built This with Guy Raz goes in depth with people who built some of the world's best-known companies.

There are many more! 

What OCS Resources should I be aware of?

Don't forget that OCS advisors are available to speak with you by phone or Zoom video call. Log into Yale Career Link to see advisors' availability; 

  • OCS Advising: request an appointment in Yale Career Link. Appointments are listed in EDT. Include your phone number if you'd like to receive a call, or ask for a Zoom link to be sent to you for a video call. Zoom will allow the advisor to share their screen with you and vice versa.
  • Resume & Cover Letter Review: email your resume and/or cover letter in PDF format to
  • Peer Networking Lists: connect with your peers who may have interned or volunteered in your hometown in past summers. Log into Yale Career Link, and select 'Career Library' under 'Resources'. Add More Filters and select Peer Networking Lists to do your search. The Summer Experiences lists can be downloaded as Excel documents.