Internships continue amid COVID-19 closure

Alania Otstot-Fenner Pricison Polymers

The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted life as we know it, but Harrisburg University has adjusted and students still are getting the best in STEM education here at HU.

Hands-on experience is a crucial piece of the HU education puzzle. That’s why internships are mandatory for students. That hasn’t changed due to the COVID-19 outbreak that forced the university to switch to an online format. Our students still are able to continue their internships, virtually!

With tremendous support from HU’s Experiential Learning Office, faculty, staff and employers, students are getting their 135 hours of internship credit and still gaining that ever-important professional experience.

Rebekah Harriger

Through this time of transition our employer partners have been phenomenal with aiding our students to help them move to online/remote work, said Rebekah Harriger, HU’s Experiential Learning Coordinator. Our faculty as well are collaborating with The Office of Experiential Learning to ensure our students experiential learning requirements can still continue.

“In terms of working with students still, the Office of Experiential Learning is offering virtual appointments with students for their project I, project II, and internship needs through Microsoft Bookings.  Even though, I’ve moved to virtual appointments, my goal is to aid students with their Experiential Learning even in the midst of change,” Harriger said. “I’ve been gathering resources and tips of how to best aid students applying to internships and conducting virtual interviews.”

Next week, Students can tune in to The Office of Experiential Learning Facebook group for a virtual series on “6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Remote Internship.”

Harriger also is working with fellow experiential learning professionals across the country, monitoring the impact on internships.

“This has been great to virtually connect with other professionals so we can be at the forefront of still aiding our students to get career and professional experience,” she said.

Companies are still posting opportunities for Summer and Fall internships so students are still able to apply. Any opportunities beneficial for HU students are still being shared on the HU Experiential Facebook Group.

“Throughout this time of transition and change I’m extremely proud of how our students are continuing to focus on their experiential learning projects and internships,” Harriger added. “As I stepped back to reflect, I realized how times of change aid in growth and allow people to gain new skills. Our students are in the midst of gaining these important skills they can apply toward their future professional careers and life.”

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