How Internships are Changing in the Face of COVID-19

By: Sonya Snellenberger-Holm on November 5th, 2020

Micro-internships Provide Opportunity for Northeast Indiana Students, Employers

Just like the rest of the world, the workplace and internship opportunities are changing drastically in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Internships are no longer 12 to 16 weeks of working in an office focused on a variety of projects during the summer. Today, internships are a mix of in-person and virtual work, and companies are working overtime to engage interns.

A study done by Battelle Technology Partnership Practice reported that one work experience opportunity increases a student’s likelihood of living in Indiana after graduation to 58 percent. Four work experience opportunities increase that likelihood to 75 percent.

So, with a lot on the line for both interns and employers, it’s no surprise we are seeing innovation in internship trends, including micro-internships.

According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), “micro-internships are project-based opportunities that are a high priority for companies, but they don't have the time or the staff to get them done. They're short-term, low-risk but time-intensive."

Unlike traditional internships, micro-internships take place over a range of hours as opposed to a set timeframe. They typically last from 10 to 80 hours of work with most projects due within a week to a month after assignment. Their short timeframes make micro-internships a great fit for this year’s extended winter break. Students could complete multiple micro-internships during the break between semesters. Employers can use the experience to test out interns for either a potential long-term internship or a full-time hire.

Employers in Indiana are encouraged to consider and promote micro-internship opportunities. Our partners at IndianaINTERN.net are asking employers to post their micro-internship opportunities on the website to reach a broad audience of talent across Northeast Indiana and the state. Employers are encouraged to post this information throughout November.

To learn more about this innovation in internships, please visit IndianaINTERN.net’s website or contact Sonya Snellenberger-Holm to learn more about how the Regional Partnership can support your business.

Interested in learning how we can help with your organization's internship program? Contact us for information and free resources to start or enhance your internship program.

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