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    Saranya Putrevu
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    I am wondering how internships next summer will be impacted by COVID-19. I know a lot of companies have been able to transition online for now, but how long would this be sustainable?

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    Nick L Kolder
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    I think at this point it is probably pretty hard to predict how next summer’s internships will look.  For the time being, it is probably best to make sure to keep in contact with companies that you are interested so that when the time does come for internships to return to normal, you are well connected with hiring managers, etc.

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    Luis Finol
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    I think many internship opportunities will definitely be lost because of this ongoing situation, but I think there will be a lot of opportunities with companies that dedicate themselves to online work or providing online solutions. I think looking for opportunities from those kinds of companies will be a good backup plan just in case an internship gets cancelled.

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    Chris
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    I have been told that my internship may be canceled or moved online. A lot of firms are moving online or canceling their internships entirely though which is quite unfortunate. I have heard the JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs have moved their internship back 5 weeks because of COVID. It is going to be interesting to see what others do.

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    Jessica Lee
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    The internship/co-op program I had last spring was discontinued indefinitely because (I’m guessing) the company couldn’t afford to invest so much time and resources in an extensive internship program. That is to say, if you had your eye on a particular internship program, double-check to make sure that the program is still available post-COVID.

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    Nate
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    I think online internships are here to stay. Companies don’t need to pay housing stipends or limit their applicant pool to those who live near the internship location. The format of the internship also greatly depends on the type of internship it is. I believe that finance, analyst, and computer science internships will continue to be online or at least have an online option. However, some engineering internships that may require the intern to evaluate manufacturing plant conditions or other in-person activities may switch to a hybrid format where the intern only comes to the office/location for part of the week.

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    Gwyneth Simon
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    Regarding next summer many companies are planning to maintain their internship programs. Many that I have spoken to are planning to have interns in person if the office is open for the summer of 2021. Otherwise, they are planning to have interns virtually. Although in-person is ideal for internships to understand the usual setting of the company, if virtual is the only option to stay safe it is a much better option than canceling internships.

    My internship for 2020 was canceled because the company did not feel that they could support interns in the way that they deserve if they were 100% virtual. Now that virtual has become the norm I doubt that any companies would cancel their program due to the virtual setting.

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