COVID-19 Career-Related Resources

The Gordon Career Center is operating remotely in accordance with Wesleyan's suspension of in-person classes and activities due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. 


Our staff is here to assist and support you, especially during these challenging times.

We are available by email, 
careercenter@wesleyan.edu, and via phone (M-Fr. 9am - 5pm EST) 860-685-2180 if you have any questions or need help getting started. 

One-on-one career advising and resume review/quick question appointments will continue to be available throughout the summer, hosted via Zoom. Click here to schedule an appointment. 

All of our events are virtual - Employer information sessions, alumni career conversations, workshops, and more. Check our events calendar on Handshake regularly for new offerings. 

We are actively sourcing Wesleyan-affiliated internships and job opportunities. Filter postings on Handshake using the labels "cardinal internship" or "wesleyan affiliated" to find jobs and internships offered by alumni, parents, and Wes-friendly employers. We are also partnering with Parker Dewey to connect students with micro-internship opportunities (paid, professional short-term projects) to build and demonstrate skills while exploring a variety of career paths. 

We launched Cardinals Helping Cardinals to help you find and connect with members of the Wesleyan community who are receptive to outreach. Filter and sort professional profiles based on industry and location and connect on LinkedIn. Cardinals Helping Cardinals is designed to complement the University's new Alumni Directory.

  • Hiring and Employment/Internship Program Updates

    Employer/Internship Program Updates

    Wondering who is still hiring? Here are some resources that provide insight into the companies that are continuing to hire. 

    • Who is Freezing Hiring from Coronavirus? Created by the Co-founder of Candor, this is a 100% user-generated site featuring thousands of entries that help to highlight available opportunities and provides a better sense of where pockets of opportunity currently exist.
    • 500 Companies Hiring Students on Handshake Handshake created this list based on the companies that recently posted opportunities on their site. You can sort the list based on company name, industry, and location. 

    Job & Internship Search Resources

    Looking for open job/internship opportunities to apply to? Here are a number of resources to leverage (just a sampling, not an exhaustive list). We encourage you to be broad in what you look for and where you look. Your search will be more effective if it is active, i.e. if you reach out to someone who works at the company to make a connection. See our networking guide for tips on networking. As always, be wary of scam job postings and employers. Review our post on how to spot fraudulent job postings and employers and review this article for reminders on how to stay safe on Handshake. 

    General Job/Internship Search Resources:

     

    COVID-19 Specific Initiatives and Resources:

    • Remote Internships A list of remote internships at start-ups and larger companies, started by a student at Indiana University. 
    • Start-Ups that are Hiring Created by tech investor, Jai Sanjnai, this crowd-sourced Google sheet lists start-ups actively hiring during COVID-19. Search by company or by job function. Please note, it may take a while for the page to load. 
    • Intern from Home A start-up created by Brown undergraduates working to connect students with companies for virtual internships 
    • Part-time Jobs for College Students During COVID-19 This list of jobs was compiled to offer suggestions for students who are in search of a summer job or have an internship on hold.

     

    Finally, consider alternative opportunities (listed below) to develop your skills, learn something new, and gain valuable experience in the coming months.

  • Alternative Planning

    Your summer or immediate post-grad experience might not look like you envisioned, but there are many alternative ways to spend your time that in the end, could lead to new and better opportunities that you had not anticipated. Below find some ideas and resources for ways to develop professional skills in the coming months, outside of traditional summer internships, full-time employment, and graduate school. 

    In addition to these resources, be sure to meet with a career advisor to talk through your personal goals. Click here to schedule a virtual, one-on-one career advising appointment with one of our career advisors.  

    Micro-internships

    We are partnering with Parker Dewey to connect Wesleyan students with micro-internship opportunities to build and demonstrate skills while exploring a variety of career paths. Micro-internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. Unlike traditional internships, micro-internships can take place year-round, typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and are due between one week and one month after kick-off. Micro-internships are used by companies ranging from those in the Fortune 100 to emerging start-ups and go across departments including sales, marketing, technology, HR, and finance. 

    Visit the Parker Dewey platform, and create a free account to get started. 

    Freelance/Gig Work

    Think like an entrepreneur to find your next work experience. Entrepreneur.com compiled this list of 18 reputable sites for finding freelance work across skill levels and industries. 

    Virtual Experiences

    InsideSherpa offers virtual work experience programs, online simulations of what work is like at leading companies, to help students gain practical, professional skills. Programs are free for students, with no application or prior experience required. Experiences range from consulting, finance, marketing, law, social impact, and engineering. 

    Volunteer

    Volunteering is a great way to develop new skills while giving back to the community -- especially during times of need. Look for opportunities to get involved locally or remotely. 


    E2020 & Civic Engagement

    The Wesleyan Engage 2020 (E2020) initiative is a comprehensive university effort to support student learning via civic engagement and liberal arts education. E2020 has already supported dozens of students engaged in work on behalf of voter registration efforts, issues advocacy initiatives, and local and national campaigns. Apply by May 22nd for Summer Session Funding Support (remote engagement efforts only) and don't miss E2020's list of resources for students interested in remote civic engagement. 

    Online Courses

    Enroll in an online course to develop and master a new skill, explore a new subject, and keep learning. During COVID-19, many online learning platforms are offering some or all of their content at reduced rates or free of charge.

    • LinkedIn Learning, free for Wesleyan students via WesPortal, is a fantastic resource to develop business, technology-related, and creative skills through expert-led courses and videos. Discover, complete, and track courses related to your field and interests and showcase your new skills on your LinkedIn profile. 

    • Harvard Business School's Online CORe Program teaches the fundamentals of business through 3 online courses, delivered over 8 to 12 weeks. HBS is currently offering students in their collaborating college network the opportunity to take the May or June CORE at an 80% discount ($450) and Wesleyan students on a high-level of financial aid can apply for additional funding through the GCC. Learn more here

    • Coursera partners with leading companies and universities to offer courses, certificates, and degrees online across a wide variety of fields and disciplines. In response to the impact of COVID-19, Coursera is currently offering a selection of their courses for free. Don't miss our online course, Career Decisions: From Insight to Impact, also available for free to Wesleyan students, hosted on Coursera. 

    • EdX offers free online courses from over 140 institutions including Harvard and MIT, in subjects including computer science, data science, business and management, engineering, humanities, and languages. 


    Independent Research or Project

    Explore opportunities for independent research or study either with a faculty member in your area of academic interest or on your own. 

    • Zooniverse is the world's largest platform for people-powered research. Volunteer to assist a professional researcher on a project in a wide range of disciplines and topics across the sciences and humanities and contribute to real academic research. 
    • Become a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer to learn how to transcribe and make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible. 

     

    Get creative.

    • Design your own website
    • Build an online portfolio
    • Develop your own program or app
    • Create a blog or video channel
    • Participate in a Hackathon


    Career Development Work

    • Enroll in Career Decisions: From Insight to Impact to gain a stronger understanding of your motivations, strengths, and goals, and explore how personal identity affects career decision making. The course is taught by the GCC's Executive Director, Sharon Belden Castonguay, and is offered on Coursera free of charge for Wesleyan students and alumni. 

    • Tune in to our podcasts First Year Out, and Careers by Design: The Interviews, hosted and produced by Sharon Belden Castonguay, EdD, Director of the Gordon Career Center. 
      • First Year Out looks at the college-to-work transition through the eyes of recent graduates and brings in experts to discuss topics including achieving success at your first job, handling stress, self-awareness, and managing money. Learn more and listen here. 
      • Careers by Design: The Interviews explores the careers of some of Wesleyan's famous alumni. Learn more and listen here

    • Prepare for the recruiting season in your desired field. See our industry handbooks for overviews and recruiting tips pertaining to careers in law, finance, and consulting. Visit Vault to learn about what it's like to work within a specific industry, company, or profession and read company rankings and reviews. Learn and practice critical interview skills online with Big Interview

    • Research and work on your applications for graduate school. Start crafting your personal statement. Study for graduate school entrance exams. 
      Test Prep Resources:


    Network

    Reach out to people who you are interested in learning from. This can be a great way to gain better insight into your desired career goals and build relationships that are important for achieving those goals. Review our networking guide and check out our newly launched website, Cardinals Helping Cardinals, designed to help you find and connect with members of the Wesleyan community who are receptive to outreach. Filter and sort professional profiles based on industry and location and connect on LinkedIn. Cardinals Helping Cardinals is designed to complement the University's new Alumni Directory.

    Self-Care and Reflection 

    It's important to maintain your own health and wellbeing. Exercise, journaling, self-reflection, and keeping in touch with loved ones is a valuable way to spend the summer. Review these online mental health resources recommended by CAPS. 

For up-to-date information on the Wesleyan’s response to COVID-19, see Wesleyan.edu/coronavirus.

If you have specific questions about the operations of the Gordon Career Center, please contact careercenter@wesleyan.edu