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Career Services and Internships

Coronavirus Updates

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As of March 20, per California Governor Newsom’s Statewide Shelter-In-Place order, no one should be physically reporting to an internship site in California.  Student interns do not fall in the category of “essential personnel.”

Chapman University is actively working to determine the best approach for students enrolled in internship courses to complete these credits, and, particularly, for seniors who are relying on this internship credit to complete graduation requirements. At this time, there is no policy to discontinue academic student internship courses. 

Each student has different needs and requirements; thus, we are asking for direct input. On March 17, each student registered for an internship course received an email requesting to complete a COVID-19 Internship Status Survey. Please complete the survey as requested. Your immediate response is critical and helps Chapman University officials answer your questions. 

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Should I continue my internship? 

As of March 20, per California Governor Newsom’s Statewide Shelter-In-Place order, no one should be physically reporting to an internship site in California.  Student interns do not fall in the category of “essential personnel.” 

Student interns may either: 

A)  Continue your internship completely remotelycompleteing internship responsibilities remotely from home while maintaining contact with your site supervisor and faculty internship advisor. 

If you are unable to work remotely complete your internship responsibilities remotely or your internship site does not permit remote work, you must discontinue your internship. Let your site supervisor know that you are not available for in-person, on-site  If there is a problem, please let them know that the University is requiring you not to report. You may show them the email titled "Important Update on Student Internships 3/20/20" sent to your Chapman email account on March 20, and/or direct them to Chapman’s Internship Coordinator with questions.  

Please note: If you previously chose to stay in a Chapman dorm in order to complete your internship, you are advised to return home at this time 

If your internship site moves to a remote work environment… 

If you continue your internship via working remotely, follow the guidelines and procedures set up by your internship site to complete your hours and intern position responsibilities.  

As always, interns should maintain regular contact and feedback systems with their internship site supervisor and faculty internship advisor.

If you choose to suspend your internship, your internship site closes, or working remotely is not an option for your internship… 

  • Notify your faculty internship advisor 
  • Notify the Internship Coordinator at the Office of Career and Professional Development
  • Ensure that all hours worked are recorded at the time of the internship suspension
  • The Office of Undergraduate Education will work with students on an individual basis to determine completion protocol
  • If you are discontinuing your internship: DNOT “withdraw” from your internship course at this time. We will be reviewing all data provided via the COVID-19 Internship Status Survey to determine appropriate policies and procedures to allow you to continue the academic internship course, although it may be substantially restructured to do so.   


For the most up-to-date information on Chapman internship courses and the Coronavirus, please continue to reference this page, which will be updated regularly.

Additional information about Chapman University’s response to the coronavirus can be referenced on Chapman's coronavirus website

If you have questions regarding your personal situation, please complete the COVID-19 Internship Status Survey (sent to your Chapman email from internships@chapman.edu on March 17, 2020) and reach out to Chapman’s Internships Coordinator at internships@chapman.edu 

Career Services

Your Chapman Career team remains committed to providing students and alumni consistent, world-class career services while exercising an abundance of caution for the health of our Chapman Family.

We look forward to continuing to support you with your career endeavors during this time of transition.

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Previously scheduled career appointments remain standing and Career Educators/Advisors remain open for future virtual appointments. 

However, all formerly scheduled in-person appointments have been transitioned to a virtual format (video/zoom or phone). You will receive an email notification from a career staff notifying you of the change of appointment medium and with appointment directions. 

If you are no longer able to complete your appointment, as always, please cancel or reschedule your appointment directly on Handshake. (Directions)

Drop-In Hours

Drop-In Hours have been discontinued until further notice. Please reference the Drop-In Hours calendar for updates.

However, additional appointment availability blocks have been opened during former drop-in hours, so students have increased access to time-sensitive career support.

Schedule your appointment on Handshake for career support.


Many career events, including workshops, can be effectively delivered through online mediums. Your Career Team will continue to provide professional development opportunities by transitioning to online formats whenever possible, en lieu of canceling events. 

Of course, some events, including large networking events, have been canceled or postponed to follow social distancing and crowd control guidelines.

All event updates can be found on the individual event pages on Handshake. Please reference the individual event page for the event you are interested in for the latest information regarding format changes or cancellations. 

Additionally, in the coming weeks, students and alumni can look forward to expanded online events, including virtual workshops. Events will be posted on Handshake and Events.Chapman.edu for your convenience.

Are Employers still recruiting right now?

In response to COVID-19 impacts on workplaces and classes, NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) surveyed employers and universities regarding their response to COVID-19.

The survey found that an overwhelming majority of 90% of employers are continuing their internship programs as planned, including summer internship programs currently in the recruiting process. 

The moral of the story? Keep applying and interviewing for positions, especially if you plan on interning or working this summer, or are graduating and are getting ready for your first post-grad step. Do not put your search on hold; don't miss out on professional opportunities! The workplace is still working, and recruiters and still recruiting. You should still be actively applying.

One likely change you'll experience is more phone and video interviews during the application process rather than in-person interviews. These require just as much preparation as in-person interviews. Make an appointment with a Chapman Career Educator/Advisor for mock phone and video interviews. We also recommend that you practice interviewing on camera by using Chapman's complimentary InterviewStream service.

Message to Alumni

We understand that during this unique time of adaptation, many of you may be facing uncertainty with your jobs. Rest assured, we are actively engaging in conversations and staying apprised of how the Coronavirus is/will impact workforces and hiring, and will continue to pass the information along to you.

Professional development, career support (including appointments) and recruiting services are still available to all students, alumni and employers on a virtual basis. Whether you are preparing for your first-ever virtual interview, want to discuss maintaining professional relationships, or need to create a job transition strategy, your Chapman Career Team is here to help. Set up your Handshake account to access alumni career services and appointments.

Please also remember that the Class of 2020 is getting ready to enter the workforce and are looking for opportunities. Continue to support the next generation of professional Panthers by sharing your job and internship openings with your Chapman Family.

Career & Professional Development


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In-person and virtual career appointments are available for students and alumni. 

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Please note that we are closed:
December 20 - January 1, 2020
January 20, 2020
March 27, 2020
May 25, 2020
July 3 - 6, 2020

Coronavirus Updates

For updates regarding internship courses and career services, visit the Career Coronavirus Updates Page.
Additional information about how Chapman is responding to the Coronavirus is available on Chapman’s Coronavirus Resource Page.
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