Resources for job seekers and employers to navigate the future of work
Virtual internships, fellowships, apprenticeships, and returnships can expand pathways to economic growth and opportunity
U.S. internship openings were 49 percent lower than the year prior, as of May 11, 2020, a much higher decline than for U.S. job openings, which fell 27 percent, according to the career site Glassdoor.
This concerned us at The DeBruce Foundation, as internships (and apprenticeships, and fellowships, and all the ‘ships) are crucial for preparing individuals and connecting talent with opportunity. They are essential for building a sustainable workforce. While not all internships can go virtual, many can.
That’s why we created vShips: to provide curated resources and original case studies and to convene virtual conversations to share best practices, and valuable insights for both employees and employers.
We hope you will share your successes and challenges with us as we all navigate the future of work together. We look forward to learning together to bring awareness to a cause that could provide brighter futures for employers and seekers alike.
Benefits to vShip Seekers
- Gain valuable professional experience
- Work from anywhere
- No commute
Benefits to vShip Employers
- Build your workforce – even in hard times
- Foster a diverse talent pipeline
- Reduce overhead costs
Recent Virtual Roundtable
vShips and the Future of Work
Local and national business leaders reveal considerations, barriers, and opportunities in relation to virtual internships.
11/10/2020 | Watch here:
Virtual Roundtable Library
How to Up Your vShips Game
Local and national business leaders share how to maximize your virtual internship program.
10/15/2020 | View the roundtable here.
vShips 101: Demystifying Virtual Internships
Local and national business leaders provide practical tips for successful virtual internships.
9/24/2020 | View the roundtable here.
KC Case Study: Early Lessons in Virtual Internships
Local nonprofit leaders share their experiences, early lessons, and innovative ideas to continue expanding access to and building our future workforce — virtually.
7/21/2020 | view the roundtable here.
vShip Seeker Resources
Poll results show the effects COVID-19 has had on the workforce (National Association for Colleges and Employers) Go to Website
3 Ways to Crush Your Virtual Internship in the First 30 Days
Tips for success from the VP of higher education and student success at Handshake (Business Insider). Go to Website
Coronavirus Hiring: How Recruiters Are Selecting and Interviewing Job Candidates During the Pandemic
Recruiting has been reimagined, resulting in increased use of new technologies (CNBC) Go to Website
Guidance and Connections During Your Search
More resources to connect with employers and get guidance in the application process while going virtual (Handshake) Go to Website
vShip Employer Resources
Best Practices for Creating a Successful Virtual Internship
Tips for communication, onboarding, managing, and more (Harvard Business School) Go to Website
Top Perks for Interns Can Be Adapted for the Virtual Workplace
Research shows top perks can be reworked for virtual settings (National Association for Colleges and Employers) Go to Website
The Importance of Internships: How Students & Employers Both Reap the Benefits
Studies show mutual and longterm benefits for all involved (The College of St. Scholastica) Go to Website
3 Tips for a Successful Virtual Internship Program
Review your program for accessible tech tools, equity, and company culture (HR Dive) Go to Website
In the U.S., Teen Summer Jobs Aren’t What They Used to Be
Fewer teens have summer jobs than in 2000 — and the jobs have changed (Pew Research) Go to Website