FAQ: Student Internships and Campus Employment
Yes. We encourage supervisors to maintain the employment arrangement as students rely on paid employment for financial security. Supervisors are encouraged to be flexible with student staff to provide alternatives to on-site work, such as remote, virtual, and independent projects, or a mix, as well as alternative responsibilities, such as projects that are better fit for remote work. Be mindful that some students may no longer be available for, nor feel comfortable with, onsite work so please make every effort to create alternative responsibilities/work locations.
Campus internship supervisors are encouraged to be flexible with student interns to provide alternatives to on-site work, such as remote, virtual, and independent projects, or a mix, as well as alternative responsibilities, such as projects that are better fit for remote work. Students should speak with their supervisors to discuss and develop a plan .
This is more complicated. We are reaching out to all off campus agency sites hosting SBU interns and providing guidance for them to adopt continuity of work plans and alternative assignments / remote work if needed.
However, an agency site may close, and/or have limited ability to maintain continuity of work. In those instances, your faculty sponsor will come up with alternative assignments / independent research / projects that interns can fulfill to earn their full academic credits.
Communication is key - we encourage students working in off campus internships to speak with their site supervisors immediately to discuss what, if any, changes may need to be made on site. After, that get in touch with your faculty sponsor to discuss your situation and develop a new plan if needed for you to complete your assignments and earn your credits.
Guidelines for Remote Internships:
Internship sites and students agree on detailed project descriptions including expectations, tasks/responsibilities and anticipated completion deadlines.
The internship site must use some type of online project management tools [ex. Google Drive] that are shared and will allow supervisors to monitor the work to be completed.
Project work must be saved to cloud-based storage designated by the internship site or supervisor and not on personal computers.
Internship Sites must create a system to track hours worked [eg. timesheets in Excel shared in Google Drive.]
The internship includes regular virtual communications [i.e. weekly email reports or video] for students to ask questions, and/ or discuss challenges or problems. Meetings should include project planning, progress review, and feedback.
This is the time to be creative so students are encouraged to start their own projects or conduct research based on the internship goals and projected outcomes.
Interns enrolled in a credit-bearing internship course will be provided opportunities to complete their experience and earn full credit; there should be no negative impact.