While I echo everyone's responses thus far and encourage you to continue searching for an internship, given how unpredictable the future is, I also want to provide you some advice should your internship search fall through: Don't give up on yourself. Take an online course, whether for-credit through your university or simply free courses through Coursera offered by many universities or companies around the world. Seek opportunities to earn a certificate, start an online portfolio, discover a new hobby, volunteer in your community, or invest time into something you're passionate about. A future employer will value a candidate who did not let an obstacle keep them from bettering themself. We're all going through this together, so don't stop grinding no matter what's happening in the world!
Here's to hoping for better days ahead :)
It's always worth it to put your time into an internship search and get that experience. If you can find an accounting firm that is offering a remote internship or even some short term remote training, it's worth your while. I know PwC gave a bunch of their interns full time offers and cancelled the internship in favor of a 2 week paid remote training course. You can also have a great interview story about continuing to pursue your passions in the face of adversity.
I will say, though, that employers will likely adjust their expectations about gaps in experience as the COVID-19 situation continues. This summer could be seen as a "write-off" of sorts for recruiters.
I think it's always worth looking for an internship! I have an anticipated internship this summer and I'm concerned too about how COVID may effect it. No one really knows definitively how COVID is going to change these plans. In addition to that, every company will also be handling things differently. Some internships I applied for are continuing their interview process, while others are not. I would definitely suggest you continue to look and apply. Good luck!
I would say it's absolutely worth looking for an internship this summer. While COVID-19 has definitely had a major impact on the way we all work, companies still have to plan for the future, and you still need to get your foot in the door. So while there may not be as many internship positions available, the networking will definitely pay off in the long run. Also, there are plenty of companies that are having virtual internships where you'll be able to learn the ins-and-outs of the industry.
Long story short -- It is absolutely worth your time to put forth the effort and continue building your professional network. Good luck!
Do you think no one is going to get internships this summer? Obviously No, right?
Again I can understand the pressure, but just keep going, be positive and be confident! You got this!
Best of luck!
Thanks for asking this question. I think many students are wondering the same thing right now. A couple thoughts:
a) Nobody knows how the coronavirus will progress over the next few weeks and months so it's hard to predict whether or not internships will even happen.
b) Regardless of whether or not companies decide to do internships this summer, now is the time to expand your network. You may already be behind in applying for public accounting internships. But, there may be opportunities to work with smaller companies that don't recruit earlier in the year.
c) I've seen many companies becoming significantly more agile in terms of virtual offerings. They may be able to hire you on virtually if you can find the right opportunity.
All that to say, you definitely won't get an internship if you don't try. It's worth getting your resume out there and meeting with people virtually so that if internships are offered, you'll be front of mind. Good luck!
Start researching companies for internships, consider virtual internships, and don't be afraid to take a non-traditional internship if it's related to accounting (for ex: doing accounting internship at a tech company). COVID19 has become an obstacle, but don't let it become your excuse not to follow your path. Good luck!
Thank you for asking this, I think a lot of students have the same question this year. I know it is so easy to get down during these uncertain times, but I think it is really important to not give up. I would encourage you to continue putting your name and resume out there to companies. A lot of companies are able to offer some sort of virtual experience whether its a full internship or a different type of developmental experience. Having the opportunity to interview with companies will give you great experience whether you get a position or not. I also think it can be helpful to have your name out there with companies, so even if an opportunity is not available this summer, they might be in the fall or next summer.
Along with the advice from others in this thread, if you are not able to get an internship, I think it is good opportunity to spend time learning online. There are a lot of resources out there that can help you learn new skills that are applicable in the business world. For example, digital upskilling can go a long way. Companies look for these types of skills in potential candidates so it can't hurt to work on improving your skills during some extra downtime this summer.
Good luck and I wish you the best!
Although it may be tough to see the full picture with all that is going on currently and what is being projected in the next few weeks and months, it is important to remain focused. By reaching out to various firms you can build a relationship with their talent acquisition staff. Even if this does not lead to an internship this summer, if you make a good impression you will be on their mind when they look to hire. It is my feeling that at some point the firms are going to need to hire to fill positions caused by people leaving or being promoted. Many of the larger firms have high amounts of regular turnover and thus need to continue hiring to run smoothly in the future. I am not sure where you are in your educational journey or what your goals are in terms of where you want to work, but being at the front of a recruiters mind can be very beneficial both now and in the future. I would reach out to any firms that you have interest in and see how you can apply for any programs they offer. I hope this helps and wish you the best of luck in your search.
Luke Ilijevski, CPA
Given the uncertain times, summer 2020 will have plenty of complications but it is more critical than ever that you refine your resume, cover letters, and seek out companies that might have hiring needs this summer. Given the alternative to seeking out employment is to not work, it certainly makes sense to put forth all your effort to strategizing and coming up with a gameplan to achieve what you seek. Conversely, if you were to instead venture off and seek further independent education (i.e. learning python, other coding languages, start a small business with low capital requirements, etc.) this would certainly offer other benefits that may end up opening up more doors for you in the future.
In short, internally think about what you want to accomplish in several years and depending on the end result you seek, put forth all necessary effort as soon as possible to set yourself on the correct path. Best of luck.
I know it is a tough time, especially for those looking for internships and jobs. Despite the current situation, I think it is 100% worth trying to get an internship. I know many companies are transitioning to virtual internships for the summer which is beneficial for cost-cutting purposes for you. You do not need to relocate or struggle to find and pay for housing. Instead, you can work from the comfort of your own home. Worst comes to worst, you don't find an internship, which is completely understandable given the current situation. However, it is better to try than not try at all.
I wish you the best of luck.
I would say it is definitely worth pursuing an internship this summer. If you never try, you'll never know - and, there could very well be opportunity out there to intern. From a personal perspective, our team has had no issues working remotely, and if we were to add an intern to our team this summer, I think it would be rewarding for them and beneficial for us. Go for it!
Best of luck!
I will echo the other answers here, do not give up! None of us can know how long we will be impacted by COVID-19 but we do know it will not be forever. My advise is to continue to look for internship opportunities for the summer. Virtual opportunities might also present themselves as well. You can find many ways to stay connected on line as well possibly even as a virtual volunteer. Check in with your school counselor, I am sure they have a list of opportunities and resources they can provide.
Accounting internships have definitely changed after Covid in terms of where and how they take place, but I firmly believe the value behind doing an internship in the summer is still there and the insight you'd get from learning how the workplace functions is extremely valuable. As someone currently at PwC, I feel there is a strong push for many companies to go virtual or reimagine the way internships can work in a virtual environment.
You never know where your next opportunity will take you and it never hurts to try!
First of all, great question! I am sure you're not the only one with this concern. To be quite honest I don't blame you for thinking this way, but in actuality I do think it is best to continue your search. I know times are very difficult right and you may think companies are not concerned, but they are. I work at PwC and I know it is still very important to us to serve and deliver to our clients in the best way possible, especially during these difficult times. Just the other day we had a Webcast where we talked about what COVID-19 meant for the interns we have right now and what it means for the interns starting in the summer. It was clear that we still need them now more than ever. Yes, everyone is working virtual, but does not mean the need isn't there. If I were you I would take this time to continue applying and being optimistic! You'll have a great chance of landing an internship with a positive attitude and continuing your search.
I absolutely recommend and internship even amongst the pandemic in these uncertain times. As the professional business environment has shifted to a remote world, a remote internship will display to recruiters that you can still excel while in a virtual setting. Remote working has provided companies and employees alike the ability to have increased flexibility in day to day tasks.
Going forward, it is extremely likely that traditional solely in office companies will offer flexible work from home options. Being able to effectively utilize applications such as Google hangouts, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx will be crucial once you receive a full-time job offer. Your internship will help you develops skills in these virtual collaboration tools.
I think looking for internship, even with covid is absolutely worth it. The process of looking up internships and going through the process is very eye opening into what you want in a career, what are your personal strengths, and how do you convey yourself in a professional setting. This pandemic will end, and the experience gained from even just searching for internship will help long into your professional career.
Companies are still looking for roles (interns work virtually from home) and many are offering virtual externship. While this may not translate to 1-1 office experience it has it own unique benefit of learning how to use technology and how to communicate efficiently in a digital landscape. Not to mention you will still get actual work experience and start to network directly in a professional environment. I started my internship during Covid, and I find the experience extremely rewarding.
I hope this helps!
I definitely encourage you to keep pursuing internships and don't give up despite these strange times. A couple reasons from my experience:
1. One of the biggest value add from an internship is the network that you build, which is extremely important in the field of accounting and the Big 4. Just by reaching out, professionals will know you better and be able to provide feedback come time for hiring for new grad positions.
2. It is an opportunity to further demonstrate your initiative and resiliency to still be motivated to pursue an internship during these difficult times. Key characteristic for success in the industry from experience.
Good luck! Hope this helps!
I would say yes because you get to make connections with professionals which can help you in the future. You also get to enhance your interview skills. Lastly, you never know what opportunities you will come across so I say give it a try!
Hope this helps!
In short, I would say yes, it would be valuable to look for internships even in these uncertain times.
Going through the recruiting process more times will only help you be more prepared for the future through gaining more insight into how firms/companies structure the process. In addition you will be provided with insight into the firms/companies you may speak with the get a better sense of how good of a fit you and them may be in the future through networking.
While some internships have been cut short and do not provide as many opportunities to gain some hands-on experience as internships pre-COVID, the chance to obtain some insight from professionals as they continue to undergo the struggles of the pandemic can be valuable in gaining perspective.
Ultimately, the choice is up to you and what you want to prioritize your time on whether that be looking for internships or seeking out alternative options including supplemental learning in your studies. I wish you the best of luck with your future endeavors, whatever you may choose!
I understand where you are coming from given the current situation.
As many of the others already mentioned before me, it is certainly still good to apply for an internship this summer too.
For our Firm, generally I believe the summer interns go through application well before the summer.
This summer our Firm is adopting to this global pandemic and our interns' experience will be different as they will have their internship virtually.
If you start looking now which firms you want to have internships, you might have a higher chance to land on an internship coming year.
Also, another bonus of having an internship during this summer even if it's not in the direct field you plan to have your career is that it will provide a wonderful validation of your character of resilience during the challenging time and will become one of the great story you can share during up-coming interviews you may have.
Best of luck!
I understand that these times are hard but we need to think in a positive way and know that this situation will eventually change.
I encourage you to continue searching and applying to an internship since it is very beneficial for your career.
Internships can be an open door to a permanent job.
It will help you earn practical skills and to be involved directly in the daily work.
Plus you can benefit from the experience and the knowledge of the employees you will be working with.
Internships are very beneficial to get you started in the professional world and it can help you get a job offer.