COVID-19 Adjustment to Internship Funding and Course Credit
COVID-19 Adjustment to Internship Funding Support
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety of our students, all LSA-sponsored or college-facilitated spring and summer 2020 internships (U.S.-based or international) must be offered in remote or “virtual” format (no in-person contact). This policy applies to LSA funding for internships and is in accordance with the Provost guidelines on engaged learning during this COVID-19 period.
COVID-19 Adjustment to Course Credit for In-Person or Combination of In-Person and Remote Internships
For course credit, all internships (domestic or international) can continue to be supported and/or receive credit if they are offered in remote format (no in-person contact). If a student’s internship will remain in-person or be a combination of remote and in-person, they must complete additional steps as outlined within this document before the internship starts. Note that there are still restrictions on international travel, especially for undergraduates. This guidance is for U.S.-based internships. Here are additional notes/steps to help in this process:
- If there has been a change to a student’s internship status from the initial offer letter, they will need to obtain a new offer letter from the employer stating the updates. This letter must include the address from which the student will be working (in most cases, this will be the student’s home address). Students must submit their updated offer letter obtained from their employer to both the department or unit supporting the internship. International students must also submit this letter to the International Center (email@example.com) before the internship begins. This must be done even if CPT was previously authorized for the internship when it was in person.
- As a part of the application, students will need to seek approval from their department as indicated in the Instructions - U.S. Domestic Travel & Engaged Learning Activities document.
- Students will need to email the department contact requesting a written acceptance of your internship. An email from the department confirming acceptance of the internship will suffice.
- Students will submit written acceptance of their internship as part of the Student Request for Engaged Learning & Domestic Travel form and complete the remaining steps outlined in the instructions.
- For student questions about a course within a department, they should contact that department. For departmental questions, feel free to reach out to Ian Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the LSA Opportunity Hub.
To support students, there is now funding for virtual internships available through the LSA Internship Scholarship fund. Additionally, the LSA Opportunity Hub has a Virtual Internship Guide and resources for students seeking support in converting their internships into a virtual format or seeking alternatives to internships. Additionally, Hub staff are available to work with employers who may need support in converting their onsite experience into a virtual experience. Feel free to refer to these Hub resources or contact the Hub at email@example.com.