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

Virtually Necessary

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

vShip Success

Upcoming Virtual Roundtables

vShips 101: Demystifying Virtual Internships
Practical tips for your business/org to do it right
9/24 at 1pmCDT | RSVP

How to Up Your vShips Game
Maximizing your virtual internship program
10/15 at 1pmCDT

vShips and the Future of Work
Considerations, barriers, and opportunities
11/10 at 1pmCST

Virtual Roundtable Library

KC Case Study: Early Lessons in Virtual Internships
A virtual roundtable of Kansas City leaders shared how organizations can innovate to provide meaningful virtual internships. Check out the recording of this event below.

vShip Seeker Resources

How to Ace Your Video Interview

Preparing for a video interview requires research, practice, and set design (Wall Street Journal) Go to Website

Students Helping Students

Students at Brown University have developed a program to connect you to a remote internship (Brown University) Go to Website

COVID-19 Update

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