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Career Center, Santa Clara University

Career Center COVID-19 Response Resources

We recognize that there are many unique challenges during this unprecedented time and we are here to support you.

The information below reflects our most updated services and resources as of 4/2/2020 and is subject to change as the situation evolves.  Please visit SCU's COVID-19 website to stay informed and review FAQs.  

Current Updates & Resources

*Jump to Employer Connections Resources - Information for employers, including virtual recruitment options, spring timeline, and how to connect with our team.

Career Resources

Career Center Hours of Operation

Effective March 17, 2020, in accordance with local public health guidelines directing citizens to "shelter in place," until otherwise directed, SCU's Career Center will not be providing operating hours on-campus and will instead provide support to students, employers, and the SCU community through remote and digital resources.  

Employer & Hiring Updates

We are gathering information from a number of sources to understand hiring trends related to internships and jobs.  The following are the top trends and updates:

  • In the last 30 days, over 2,400 new internships were posted for Santa Clara students in Handshake; about 75% are paid opportunities.

  • Majority of employers, 50% are in a holding pattern and are still evaluating how to proceed with their job/internship hiring programs for college students; with a goal of making more definitive decisions by mid-end of April.

  • Students are encouraged to be flexible and consider industries that are thriving in a COVID-19 economy. Examples of industries projected for growth and hiring include remote collaboration platforms, shipping & delivery, food/grocery, online education and ed-technology, logistics, and government.

  • Review an Open Letter To Graduating Students, written and published on LinkedIn by Career Center Director, Rose Nakamoto, to offer support and guidance to students navigating their way into the world of work during COVID-19

Online SCU Career Resources & Tools 

These tools are available to you anytime and may be particularly helpful in this moment:

Connecting with Employers

As best as is possible, SCU’s Career Center is continuing to facilitate meaningful connections to opportunities for Santa Clara students. We are actively reaching out to SF Bay Area employers to assess hiring needs & plans and to share virtual and remote services. 

Spring Career Fair
While the Spring Career Fair has been cancelled, the Career Center will continue to support your ability to connect with the registered employers. Submit your RESUME ONLY to one of the 2 postings below to be shared with the employers that had registered for the Spring Career Fair:

Submission Deadline: April 14, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Resume Support Resources

The SCU Career Center partners with Parker-Dewey, a micro-internship platform for short term, paid, professional assignments similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable students and recent alumni to build and demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks. To search and apply for upcoming Micro-Internships, please visit here. 

Find a Remtote Internship

Check out Covintern, a site developed by a stuent at Indiana University to share a crowdsourced list of current remote internship postings.  

COVID-19 Search Strategies & Tools 

Student Survey

We'd love to hear from you about your current career-related needs and experiences - please fill out this brief survey to share your thoughts.

Connecting With Our Team

We are here to support you - please send any questions to and a member of our team will follow up.

Employer Connections Resources

Virtual Recruitment Options

While much is evolving at a rapid pace for us all in relation to COVID-19, we are still here to support employers in connecting with SCU students. We encourage employers to consider some of the below options to support their current recruiting needs:

Please post positions in Handshake. We encourage developing a strong job description which includes critical information about your company as well as its vision and mission to assist candidates in understanding how their skills, interests and values will align with your organization.

Leverage targeted messaging in Handshake to reach out to key students about your opportunities. For best practices on how to do this, see Handshake’s Employer Blog.

Consider hosting a virtual chat with students and post it as an “event” in HandshakeWe will be continuing to communicate with students on an ongoing basis and will gather any and all virtual employer connection opportunities and market them to the appropriate student audiences.  Contact our team for virtual chat tips & suggestions at 

Offer Remote Projects and Micro-Internships
The SCU Career Center partners with Parker-Dewey, a micro-internship platform to provide employers with a portal to hire students for short term, paid, professional assignments similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable Career Launchers to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as they seek the right full-time role. Micro-Internships can take place year-round, typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and are due between one week and one month after kick-off. Micro-Internships can go across departments including sales, marketing, technology, HR, and finance. 
Offer virtual interviews as an alternative to on campus interviews. If you need support for scheduling your interviews and do not have a specific recruiting software to do this, consider using Sign Up Genius.
Timeline for Spring Recruiting

Classes will be in recess beginning March 23rd and online instruction for spring quarter begins on Wednesday, April 8.  

Employer Survey

We want to be a partner to you while you are navigating this NEW landscape as it relates to your relationship to our students while maintaining a connection and your brand on our campus. With that in mind, our team has put together a brief survey (5 questions) to help us get a sense of what would be most helpful to you in this time. 

Connecting With Our Employer Connections Team

Please know that we are here to support employers, and look forward to continuing to work together to connect you with SCU talent. We are in the process of planning our fall recruitment program portfolio, and are exploring virtual options to assist with recruiting if needed. Staff are available remotely to discuss recruiting strategies to support your current and future needs; please email us at and a member of our team will follow up as soon as possible.