Summer 2020 FAQs

SuccessWorks continues to advise students and support employers’ hiring goals during Summer 2020. All career & internship advising, employer consultations and events are being conducted virtually or by phone.

Student and recent graduates can keep their career development moving forward with Badgers on Track – your guide to getting experience, making connections, and finding jobs and internships in the COVID economy.

Stay well, and stay connected to SuccessWorks.

Student FAQs

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How do L&S students get career & internship advising?

All career & internship advising is currently being conducted online via Google Hangouts or by phone. No matter where you are, we’re here for you.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

Schedule a 30-minute advising appointment online or by phone to get help with whatever you need to take your next steps to success. Our Career & Internship Specialists are here to help.

VIRTUAL DROP – IN ADVISING

Chat with an advisor via Google Hangouts for quick resume and cover letter reviews or questions. No appointment needed.

Monday – Thursday: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Can I visit SuccessWorks in the University Book Store?

The SuccessWorks office on the third floor the University Book Store is closed, but advisors are working remotely to help with all your career & internship questions. Make an appointment, connect with virtual drop-in advising, or just send us an email!

Make an appointment

Virtual drop-in advising

Is SucessWorks hosting virtual events or workshops?

Many events have been canceled or postponed, but others are being offered virtually. Check out our event listings page to explore SuccessWorks-sponsored opportunities to connect with resume and cover letter workshops, virtual interviews, and virtual visits with employers.

Lots of employers are offering their own virtual workshops and info sessions. Check out Handshake for these events.

I'm just starting my job or internship search. What should I do?

Lots of job and internship hiring processes are going virtual, and there are a few things you can do right now to make sure you’re ready to go:

Activate your Handshake account, and make sure it’s up to date. Get started here. 

  • If you’re looking for remote job or internship opportunities, use these search labels:
    • Remote internship
    • Remote full-time

Explore Career Communities to get familiar with resources and opportunities in the areas of your interest. Each Community has an advisor ready to chat with you one-on-one. Explore Career Communities.

Make an appointment with an advisor, or do a virtual drop-in appointment. Get started.

Check out our guide to searching for internships during COVID-19.

Brush up on our other Tips & Tools for the search, interview and acceptance process:

I'm in the middle of an application or interview process for a job or internship. What should I know?

Many companies are now conducting interviews virtually. As you set up your interviews, learn what audio or video technology they’re using for interviews, make sure these are set up on your computer well in advance of your interview, and practice with friends and family. 

Start here for basics on how to prepare for your interview. 

Dig into specifics on preparing for virtual interviews online or by phone.

You may have questions about COVID-19 response is affecting job or internship start dates, company policies or operations. These are great questions to ask, and we recommend asking them after the employer you’re interviewing with has extended an offer.

 

What will happen with my summer internship?

Work in person may not be possible this summer, so ask employers about telecommuting opportunities in the case that the current health situation does not enable face-to-face work. If you’re currently in an interview process, ask these questions after you receive an offer. 

Some employers are proceeding with their summer internship programs, while others are cancelling. Summer study abroad, summer international internships, and Wisconsin in Washington have all been cancelled. 

Stay in contact with your internship employer or program for the latest on your internship’s status, and start making parallel plans for the summer just in case. See the section below for ideas.

What if my summer internship is cancelled, or I can't find summer opportunities?

Work in person may not be possible this summer, so ask employers about telecommuting opportunities in the case that the current health situation does not enable face-to-face work. If you’re currently in an interview process, ask these questions after you receive an offer. If your offer is rescinded, here are a couple of best practices to follow:

  1. Respond to the company (via phone or email) acknowledging that you have received the information, and while it is disappointing, you understand the decision during this difficult time (Maintain the relationship – you never know what could happen! You know that they consider you a strong candidate, so staying in touch may open the door for future internships, networking opportunities, or even a full-time job.)
  2. DO NOT express your frustration on the internet (Twitter, Instagram) for all of the world to see (including folks from the company you were supposed to work for). It is understandable that you are frustrated – but talk with your friends, family, or your career advisor privately, rather than announcing something publicly.

If your plans for the summer fall through, there’s still a lot of professional development you can do to stay on track. Start with the ideas below, and make an appointment with a SuccessWorks advisor to make a plan. 

International Students: Whether your internship has been converted to virtual or cancelled, if your internship plans have changed, you may need to update your CPT with International Student Services.

Are companies hiring right now?

Many companies are still moving ahead with job and internship hiring, while some others are slowing or pausing their recruitment. These decisions will depend on the industry and the type of position, so stay up-to-date by researching positions on Handshake and seek advice from SuccessWorks Career & Internship Advisors. 

Also check out our guide to navigating internships during COVID-19 for more tips on finding positions in the current market.

Can I network during social distancing?

Absolutely. So much networking is already done online, so this transition may be easier than you think! Plus, we’re all reaching out virtually to friends and family more than ever. Badger alumni and other people in your network will likely welcome new chances to share their wisdom with you in this period of social distancing. 

For help getting started, check out our tips and tools for how to start networking and setting up informational interviews. 

Employer FAQs

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How do I recruit students at UW-Madison and keep my hiring strategy updated?

As campus has transitioned to remote instruction and remote work, SuccessWorks continues to fully serve employers and students. While our office on the third floor of University Book Store is closed, student advising and programming is being conducted virtually, as we prepare students for their job and internship searches.

We’re ready to offer employers technological support, virtual engagement planning for fall or spring, and general recruitment consultation. Please reach out when you’re ready to talk strategy, approach, or schedule.

Contact Nate Doolin, Recruiting & Events Coordinator – ndoolin@wisc.edu

Learn more about how SuccessWorks serves the recruiting needs of employers.

How can I connect with students for networking and info sessions?

We’re eager to help you get started with fall semester recruitment planning, including virtual offerings. Please reach out when you’re ready to talk strategy, approach, or schedule. We are also seeking companies interested in presenting to students on a number of professional development topics virtually in the fall.

Contact Nate Doolin, Recruiting & Events Coordinator – ndoolin@wisc.edu

Learn more about how SuccessWorks serves the recruiting needs of employers.

How can I increase my organization's brand exposure with students off campus?

During this period of virtual engagement and shifting hiring trends, SuccessWorks Employer Partnerships offer more value than ever.  Elevate your brand and build a long-lasting, ROI-driven recruiting relationship with the largest school at UW-Madison. Employer Partners get unparalleled access to talented pool of 16,000 undergraduate students from 64 undergraduate majors.

Learn more about the benefits of becoming a SuccessWorks Employer Partner.

What's the status of career fairs?

STEM fair cancelled.

No determination on Fall Fair. Stand by for info.

L&S Faculty & Staff FAQs

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How do I connect L&S students with career & internship advising?

Career & internship advising is currently being conducted online via Google Hangouts or by phone. No matter where students are, we’ere here for them.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

Schedule a 30-minute advising appointment online or by phone to get help with whatever students need to take their next steps to success. Our Career & Internship Specialists are here to help.

VIRTUAL DROP – IN ADVISING

Chat with an advisor via Google Hangouts for quick resume and cover letter reviews or questions. No appointment needed.

Monday – Thursday: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

How can I add career development to virtual cousework?

SuccessWorks offers a number of ways to make career development work a part of your instruction. See our page of resources for faculty and staff for a resume workshop Canvas Module and class assignment ideas. 

Can I request a virtual workshop or presentation?

Definitely! Invite an advisor or staff member from SuccessWorks to give a custom virtual presentation on career readiness to your class, group or organization. This is another great way to cover an unexpected absence from class, or to bring career learning to the students you instruct in classes, student orgs or other areas.

Make your workshop or presentation request. 

Are employers hiring right now?

Employers’ hiring plans for internship and full time positions are changing rapidly. We have heard from some companies that have suspended their internship programs entirely, while others are continuing or moving to virtual formats. The National Association of Colleges & Employers is polling employers about their hiring trends. Learn the latest about this data on the NACE website

Any students with questions about the current job/internship market can be directed to SuccessWorks advising.

What should students do if their internships are canceled?

Many students are reporting the cancellation of their summer internships, while others face uncertainty. SuccessWorks encourages students to pursue parallel planning, including seeking other positions and creating a professional development plan they can pursue over the summer. We are emphasizing with students that now is the perfect time to be networking.

Here’s what we’re sharing with students:

Work in person may not be possible this summer, so ask employers about telecommuting opportunities in the case that the current health situation does not enable face-to-face work. If you’re currently in an interview process, ask these questions after you receive an offer. 

If your plans for the summer fall through, there’s still a lot of professional development you can do to stay on track. Start with the ideas below, and make an appointment with a SuccessWorks advisor to make a plan. 

 

What should students who are currently searching for jobs and internships do?

With nearly all recruitment and many positions going virtual, students’ virtual presence is more important than ever. SuccessWorks info and advising can help students make the most of Handshake, LinkedIn, virtual career fairs, virtual interviews and networking.

Here’s what we’re sharing with students:

Lots of job and internship hiring processes are going virtual, and there are a few things you can do right now to make sure you’re ready to go:

Activate your Handshake account, and make sure it’s up to date. Get started here. 

  • If you’re looking for remote job or internship opportunities, use these search labels:
    • Remote internship
    • Remote full-time

Explore Career Communities to get familiar with resources and opportunities in the areas of your interest. Each Community has an advisor ready to chat with you one-on-one. Explore Career Communities.

Make an appointment with an advisor, or do a virtual drop-in appointment. Get started.

Brush up on our Tips & Tools for the search, interview and acceptance process:

What do international students need to know about CPT?

Whether their internships have been converted to virtual or cancelled, International students whose internship plans have changed may need to update their CPT with International Student Services.