We recognize that students will engage with the broader Washington, D.C., community as part of their college experience, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to COVID-19, many organizations (including GW) are changing their operations to prioritize safety.
GW has developed these student guidelines for internships (paid/unpaid, for credit/non-credit) to assist all students as they consider opportunities during the 2020-21 academic year. These guidelines prioritize safety while still accomplishing learning objectives and professional development goals.
- When possible, work remotely. Students should discuss with their supervisor if a position can be completed remotely for the entire placement period. Career Services put together a resource guide (PDF) to help students find and make the most of remote positions.
- If a position is in-person or has the potential to shift from remote to in-person, students should understand if, when and how in-person responsibilities are fulfilled. Students should ask their supervisor relevant safety questions before a placement begins, such as:
- What are the employer’s safety protocols in response to COVID-19? Are these protocols similar to those utilized on GW’s campus? Do these protocols follow updated recommendations from the state/local governments?
- How does the employer expect students to protect themselves and others? What equipment, if any, will the employer provide? Are students expected to provide their own equipment?
- If the student becomes ill or comes into contact with someone who is ill, what are the employer’s expectations for continued service?
- Stay abreast of GW's Coronavirus Response for timely updates and comprehensive safety information as well as federal resources such as the CDC COVID-19 website, OSHA COVID-19 guidance (PDF) and EEOC COVID-19 resources.
The GW Center for Career Services put together these Tips for Providing a Productive Remote Internship (PDF). If you have questions, contact GW Employer Relations at [email protected] or 202-994-8633.