Covid-19 FAQ

What are Northwestern's offer guidelines at this time?

NCA kindly requests that all return offers extended at the conclusion of a summer internship are kept open for a period of three weeks from receipt of the formal offer. All other offers for an internship or full time employment are kept open for a period of two weeks. For a complete discussion, please visit NCA's Recruiting Guidelines

What should I do if my company's internship program is canceled?

If your internship program is cancelled or has significant changes, please reach out to the affected students to inform them of the change. Please then make your Employer Strategist aware as well. Whenever possible we appreciate you sharing the names of affected students with NCA so we may offer additional support.

Will NCA be hosting a career fair? What if I need a refund for my career fair participation?
NCA is pleased to offer a Virtual Career Fair on September 29 and September 30. Details including registration and pricing can be found on our Fall 2020 Recruiting webpage
Has Northwestern's academic calendar changed? How long will students be studying remotely?

Summer quarter is being conducted virtually. Fall quarter will now begin on September 16, 2020. For the most up-to-date information on academic calendar changes please visit Northwestern's official COVID-19 webpage.



Can we plan to recruit on campus in the fall?
Northwestern Career Advancement will be operating virtually for the fall 2020 quarter. While employers can't recruit on campus in the fall, NCA is still here to support all of your virtual recruiting needs! All requests can be submitted per normal process through Handshake for the fall career fair, interviews, and events, and a member of our team will reach out to assist.
What if we are uncertain about our current hiring needs or plans for fall?
We understand! During these uncertain times, NCA staff will work closely with you providing flexibility and individual guidance. There are no penalties for canceled interview rooms. We know many plans may require contingencies and our team is here to support you.
How will changes due to COVID-19 affect students' academic standing and GPA?
The University implemented pass/no pass only grading for the spring 2020 quarter. This was an effort to minimize the potential negative impact the COVID-19 crisis may have had on a student’s academic success. As a result of this, no Northwestern students will have letter grades on their transcripts for the spring quarter.
What are best practices for a remote internship?

Best practices for a remote internship are very similar to those for an in-person internship. We recommend making expectations clear to students starting with the work agreement. Be sure to include information on how they should be logging their hours, how many hours should be worked each week, who their supervisor will be and how many times they will be checking in, etc. It will also be important to note any equipment they will need or that which will be provided by the employer at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the internship so that students can feel prepared. Use the virtual onboarding process to set norms for connecting with students and uphold the guidelines for which they should be communicating during the summer. Provide an opportunity for the interns to connect with their peers before they start to help them build community amongst themselves so they feel comfortable with others that are in their shoes during this unprecedented time. Lastly, create opportunities for students to absorb the culture of your organization by interacting with those outside of their teams to help them extend their networks more broadly throughout the summer. Please see Handshake for additional helpful resources.

What if our internship program is now in a different format?
We understand in the current climate that internship formats may need to change. If you have questions regarding how to engage with students through task-based or learning-oriented work, please reach out to your Employer Strategist for assistance.
How should I format my virtual event and further promote it?
You can still host the same types of events as you would on campus, but now virtually. Please continue with the existing process and request your event through Handshake.
Is there a preferred platform I should use for virtual interviews? Who is communicating with students?
We recommend that you use the preferred platform for your company. Please be sure to include an access link for students in the event description, or reach out to students individually for their interview times. If preferred, we can provide support in setting up your event via Zoom, and Norris Event Management is also available to support virtual events with tech services.
How are jobs being advertised to students?
Students are still actively engaged on Handshake and can view job postings.
If I have questions on the interview day, who should I contact?
Please reach out to your Employer Strategist or with any questions.
Our internship is now remote. Do international students require that we formally provide documentation of this change?
Our CPT process does not require any formal updates on the part of the employer if the work is now remote. CPT can also be amended after it is processed. Northwestern students with questions about their CPT requirements, or other questions pertaining to visa status or work authorization, should be directed to the Office of International Student Scholars.
Will Northwestern students be studying abroad this fall?

Northwestern will prohibit student international travel associated with Fall 2020, Fall/Winter 2020, and Full Year 2020-21 undergraduate credit-bearing study abroad programs.

For students who were not able to participate in an internship experience due to COVID-19, how are you advising students to talk about their canceled opportunities during interviews or on their resume?
NCA acknowledges both the current and long term impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our community. Student career progress was interrupted as various programs were canceled. In addition to canceled internships and truncated experiences, many students and their families were directly impacted by the virus itself. Students may include canceled opportunity details on their resumes or bring up the impact of the pandemic during an interview discussion. As a hiring organization, we ask that you consider all of these factors in context when evaluating students' resumes moving forward.