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COVID-19 Response Information

Given the unprecedented global disruption caused by COVID-19, Rollins College made the difficult decision to temporarily transfer to virtual education for the safety of the community. At this time, students, alumni, faculty, staff, employers, and other CCLP partners may wonder how they can access our services. We hope that this list of FAQs will answer most of your questions. If you have a specific question that is not answered here, please email us as careercenter@rollins.edu. Stay safe!  


Learn about upcoming virtual events through Handshake or follow us on social media.

Q: I need to meet with the CCLP for an advising session (ex: resume review, internship search, graduate school application, etc.). How do I do that? 

A: We will still offer advising appointments via WebEx, phone, Skype, and email. To schedule an appointment, please visit Handshake. From the top menu, select “Career Center,” then select “Appointments,and then click the blue “Schedule a New Appointment” button at the top of the next screen. Be sure to list your preferred appointment method along with your WebEx/Skype/phone/email information so that the staff member may reach you via your preferred method.  

Q: I am not able to meet synchronously online. What other options are available? 

A: We will still offer advising appointments via phone and email. To schedule an appointment, please visit Handshake. From the top menu, select “Career Center,” then select “Appointments,” and then click the blue “Schedule a New Appointment” button at the top of the next screen. Be sure to list your preferred appointment method along with your phone/email information so that the staff member may reach you via your preferred method. 

Q: Will Career Studio drop-in hours still be available? 

A: No. Instead, there will be an increased number of advising appointments available via WebEx, phone, Skype, and email. To schedule an appointment, please visit Handshake From the top menu, select “Career Center,” then select “Appointments,” and then click the blue “Schedule a New Appointment” button at the top of the next screen. Be sure to list your preferred appointment method along with your WebEx/Skype/phone/email information so that the staff member may reach you via your preferred method. 

If you need quick assistance, you may visit the Career Center’s Webex room, which will be open from 10 am – 2 pm Monday through Friday. You may use this space to drop in virtually and be referred to the appropriate resource, service, or contact to meet your career-related needs. The Career Center an still be reached at 407-646-2195. 

Q: I need to have my document (ex: resume, cover letter, personal statement, etc.) reviewed. What is the best way for me to do that? 

A:  Check out our complete list of online resources, including resources on preparing application materials, here. You may submit documents for review here 

You may also schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment, please visit Handshake. From the top menu, select “Career Center,” then select “Appointments,” and then click the blue “Schedule a New Appointment” button at the top of the next screen. Be sure to list your preferred appointment method along with your WebEx/Skype/phone/email information so that the staff member may reach you via your preferred method. 

Q: I need to prepare for an interview. What is the best way for me to do that? 

A:  Check out our complete list of online resources, including resources on interviewing, here. We expect that many employers will be switching to virtual hiring tools this season. You can prepare for a virtual interview by trying a mock interview using Big Interview. To access Big Interview, please visit Handshake. From the top menu, select “Career Center,” then select “Resources,” and then find Big Interview. You will need to set up an account, and after that, you will be able to learn about interviews and complete different types of mock interviews. When you have completed an interview, you can submit it to the CCLP for further feedback here. 

You may also schedule an appointment. You may also schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment, please visit Handshake. From the top menu, select “Career Center,” then select “Appointments,” and then click the blue “Schedule a New Appointment” button at the top of the next screen. Be sure to list your preferred appointment method along with your WebEx/Skype/phone/email information so that the staff member may reach you via your preferred method.

Q: Is the Career & Internship Expo canceled 

A: Yes, given the guidelines for canceling any large event, for the safety of all involved, the Expo has been canceled. If you are an employer seeking to recruit Rollins College talent, please reach out to Denise Cordova, Assistant Director of Employer Engagement, at dcordova@rollins.edu for details. If you are a student who was hoping to connect with employers for potential internship or job opportunities, there are several virtual career fairs happening this Spring. Please keep looking at the events in Handshake as we work to move our events to a virtual platform. 

Q: How can I connect with employers? 

A: We are working with employers who are interested in connecting with students and will keep you posted. There are several virtual career fairs happening this Spring. Please keep looking at the events in Handshake as we work to move our events to a virtual platform. 

Q: Where can I find quick information about working virtually and/or finding virtual jobs?

A: Check out our tab titled “Virtual Work Information” found within our Use Our Resources page! This tab will be updated as we find new information to assist you during this time.

Q: I’ve had my internship offer rescinded due to the pandemic. What should I do? 

A: We are really sorry hear that. Thankfully, we’ve heard that many recruiters and Human Resources experts are still poised to maintain their recruitment timelines if at all possible. So, our advice is to continue to search for additional opportunities! New opportunities are posted everyday on Handshake. In addition, we have links to additional websites where you can search for job postings on our CCLP resources page under “Virtual Work Information.” As always, feel free to schedule an appointment with us through Handshake to talk through your options with a career advisor.

Q: I’m now unemployed due to the pandemic. What should I do? 

A: We are really sorry hear that. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out information posted on the Department of Labor website regarding unemployment and other benefits you may eligible for. Thankfully, we’ve heard that many recruiters and Human Resources experts are still poised to maintain their recruitment timelines if at all possible. So, if you are now thinking of searching for a new job, our advice is to go for it! New opportunities are posted everyday on Handshake. In addition, we have links to additional websites where you can search for job postings on our CCLP resources page under “Virtual Work Information.” As always, feel free to schedule an appointment with us through Handshake to talk through your options with a career advisor.

Q: I have moved back home for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester and my company won’t let me work remotely, or my company has closed and I won’t be able to complete my internship hours for my spring 2020 Academic Internship course – what do I do?  

A: For the most up to date information about your internship course, check in with the faculty member facilitating your Canvas course. Students who are unable to complete their hours for their Academic Internship course due to moving, illness, or closure have an option that is discussed in your Canvas course. Questions can also be directed to Liz Bernstein at lbernstein@rollins.edu.  

Q: I need to register my internship for Academic Credit for summer 2020 – can I still do that?  

A: Summer 2020 Academic Internship course registration is moving forward as planned. Started March 23, you can access the form to request approval for registration on FoxLink under your student tab. The deadline to register for summer 2020 is April 29. Fall 2020 Academic Internship course registration will open in June and will remain open until the second day of fall 2020 classes. 

Please note: Due to concerns for health and safety, Rollins College will not be sponsoring any international travel during summer 2020. This means that students seeking summer 2020 internships outside of the U.S. that are also outside of their country of citizenship, will not be able to pursue those internships for academic credit. For questions, please connect with our friends in International Programs.

Q: Where can I find information about the Gateway Fellows Program at Rollins College (summer internship funding program)?  

A: Applications for the Gateway Fellows Program at Rollins College are still open and moving forward for this summer. All application materials were sent to students directly via your Rollins email. If you want more information, you can look at the application details on our website here and you can reach out to Liz Bernstein with more questions.  

Q: I want to register for 2, 3, or 4 credits of Academic Internship credit for the summer, but what happens if something happens with my internship site and I’m not able to stay in the summer 2020 Academic Internship course? I need those credits to graduate! 

A: We encourage students to register for courses as planned. The Registrar will be extending fall 2020 class registration into the summer. Questions about how many credits you need to graduate or other credit options can be directed to your faculty advisor and the Registrar’s office.  

Q: Where can I find information about working virtually and/or finding virtual internships?

A: Check out our tab titled “Virtual Work Resources” found within our Use Our Resources page! This tab will be updated as we find new information to assist you during this time.

Q: I’ve had my future internship offer rescinded due to the pandemic. What should I do?

A: We are really sorry hear that. Thankfully, we’ve heard that many recruiters and Human Resources experts are still poised to maintain their recruitment timelines if at all possible. So, our advice is to continue to search for additional opportunities! New opportunities are posted everyday on Handshake, and our center has partnerships with companies who offer paid “micro-internships” virtually. In addition, we have links to additional websites where you can search for internships postings on our CCLP resources page under “Virtual Work Information.” As always, feel free to schedule an appointment with us through Handshake to talk through your options with a career advisor.

 

Q: I have an outreach presentation scheduled with CCLP. Will I still be able to host this? Will I be able to cancel or reschedule this? 

A: We will still offer outreach presentations via WebEx. Communication will be sent out to each faculty member who has an outreach scheduled, where you will be given the option to keep, cancel, or reschedule your requested outreach. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Tiffany Cheatham at tcheatham@rollins.edu. 

 

Q: Can I still request an outreach presentation with CCLP? 

A: Yes. We will still offer outreach presentations via WebEx. Please fill out the Outreach Request Form, and a staff member will be in contact with you to discuss options. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Tiffany Cheatham at tcheatham@rollins.edu 

 


 

Q: What is the status of on-campus student employment? 

A: Given the diversity of student jobs, individual departments and supervisors are assessing their positions and deciding on the possibility of extending modified in-person or remote work when possible. Please connect with your supervisor regarding the status of your on-campus job.

Supervisors are encouraged to connect with Denisa Metko at dmetko@rollins.edu, or 407-646-2382 to explore work continuation possibilities.

Q: May I still apply for an on-campus job?

 A: Yes. Departments across campus are advertising future on-campus roles. Login to Handshake to review and apply for positions of interest. Please note that the majority of the positions for the upcoming academic year will start being posted in early July.

As usual, please reach out if you need help with your application materials or need interview guidance. As you may see in the appointment section above, our center is continuing to provide career development/preparation services, including document review assistance, job search, interview help, and more:

  • Check out our complete list of online resources, including resources on preparing application materials, here
  • You may submit documents for review here.  
  • To schedule an appointment, please visit Handshake. From the top menu, select “Career Center,” then select “Appointments,” and then click the blue “Schedule a New Appointment” button at the top of the next screen. Be sure to list your preferred appointment method along with your WebEx/Skype/phone/email information so that the staff member may reach you via your preferred method. 

Q: Who do I contact with questions or concerns? 

A: Questions and concerns regarding on-campus employment should be directed to Denisa Metko at dmetko@rollins.edu, or 407-646-2382.

Q: What opportunities do I have to network with alumni?

A: All remaining alumni networking events have been canceled for the duration of the semester. However, LinkedIn is a fantastic tool for networking. Utilizing the LinkedIn alumni tool,you can search among Rollins alumni for specific companies, job titles, and other factors, as well as filter the database through LinkedIn’s analytics by factors such as location, major, or others. You are welcome to schedule an appointment on Handshake for Networking (Career Center > Appointments > Job Search > Networking) or LinkedIn (Career Center > Appointments > Document Review > LinkedIn Profile Review). Other resources about Networking and LinkedIn including sample connection messages and profile checklists are available on our website. 

Q: I am interested in participating in the Career Champions Mentor Program next year. What are my next steps?

A: The Career Champions Mentor Program is a selective opportunity in which accepted student mentees are matched with an alumni mentor in their professional field of interest. In the program, your alumni mentor will serve as your “career champion”- a Rollins community member who brings their real world, industry insight to support you in working towards your future goals.

The Career Champions Mentor Program is a competitive opportunity and applications are required. More information about the application process for the 2020-21 mentee cohort will be forthcoming via email. Please continue to check your Rollins email for updates regarding the application process.

Q: I am a current mentee in the Career Champions Mentor Program. How will the shift to remote learning made by the College impact my experience in the program?

A: While updates will be communicated to you directly by a member of the CLP team, the expectation is for you to continue your engagement in the program. This means maintaining monthly contact with your alumni mentor virtually (phone, email, Skype) through the end of the semester. We will continue to be in contact with you, sending tips, updates and support. We also are available to meet for a Mentor Program Check In, scheduled in Handshake (Career Center > Appointments > Career Champions Mentor Program > Mentor Program Check In), by phone or by WebEx to provide additional support as we have throughout the duration of the program. If you have any trouble finding an appointment time that works for you, please contact Cassie Burnsso that scheduling accommodations can be made.  

When in contact with your mentor, please take on a flexible and understanding mentality in case any response times are delayed or priorities shifted, on both mentees and mentors' parts. For those students who remain local with mentors in the Orlando area, please refrain from meeting your mentee in person to support social distancing efforts and the health of our greater community. 

Q: Who do I contact with questions or concerns ? 

A: Questions and concerns about the Career Champions Mentor Program and alumni career engagement should be directed to Cassie Burns at cburns@rollins.edu. 

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Center for Career and Life Planning
Rollins College
Kathleen W. Rollins Hall – 1st Floor
1000 Holt Avenue – Box 2757
Winter Park, Florida 32789
T. 407.646.2195
careercenter@rollins.edu

Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

First Day of Career Studio Spring 2020

Tuesday, January 14th 

Career Studio Drop-in Hours
Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.