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  • Summer employment is an evolving situation for employers. Because of the uncertainty around the duration of social distancing requirements, all employers are facing many unknowns about their summer programs. Many are holding off on making changes until they know more.
  • Some employers are communicating to their incoming students about the status of their decisions, which include:
    • Still planning for the possibility that the summer program will proceed unchanged, while also planning for alternatives.
    • Expecting to start their students on a remote basis, with at least some of the summer program still in-person (later in the summer).
    • Splitting or visits with offices outside the U.S. have been or are likely to be canceled.
    • Delaying the start of the summer program.
  • Smaller employers, including many public interest organizations, are attending to their daily operations right now and have not had time to focus on their summer interns. We are starting to hear from some of these employers and will continue to be in touch with them and share information with you as we have it.
  • We have heard of very few outright cancellations at this time, mostly from programs that are outside of the U.S.
  • If you have not heard from your summer employer, consider reaching out to your recruiting point of contact beginning on April 6 and ask if they have a status update on their summer program plans, including the possibility of remote work. Please be sensitive to the challenges that they may be navigating (both professionally and personally) when you frame your inquiry. We are happy to review a draft communication if you have any questions or concerns and here is a sample which you can modify:
    • Dear [Employer Point of Contact], I hope this email finds you healthy and safe during this difficult time. I am reaching out to touch base about my plans to join you for the summer. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work for you, and I would like to confirm that I can still come onboard, even if in a remote capacity if that is necessary. As of now my planned start date is [xxx] and my planned end date is [xxx]; please let me know if that still works for you. Please also know that I am prepared to be as flexible as possible under the current circumstances and look forward to supporting your organizational needs as best I can. I understand that you may be extremely busy during these times but I look forward to hearing from you when you have a chance. Thank you again. Sincerely, [Student]