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What To Do If Your Internship Has Been Cancelled

MY INTERNSHIP HAS BEEN CANCELLED, NOW WHAT DO I DO?

While there is no simple answer, the recommendations below are here to help set you up for success. Just remember to take a deep breath, stay active on your search and keep yourself marketable.

Update your Handshake profile

Keep your information up-to-date when applying for jobs, internships and co-ops.

  • Remember to update your resume and work history, include student organization involvement and add examples of work that you’ve completed.

Start networking on LinkedIn

Build a great profile with your work experience and skills, and don’t forget to write an interesting and informative bio.

  • Connect with Ohio State alumni, alumni from your academic program, companies you’re interested in and people who have jobs that you may like to have someday.
  • Include a note with each invitation and explain the opportunities you’re interested in. 

Research the possibility of a micro-internship

Groups like Parker Dewey offer short-term, micro-internship opportunities which range from 5-40 hours of work across a variety of fields. This is a perfect way to network and highlight your skillset with employers.

Attend a virtual career fair

Virtual career fairs are continuing to grow in popularity due to their efficiency and convenience.

  • Important keys to remember when attended are: dress to impress, ensure your resume is up-to-date, confirm that your technology is working and that your video background is clear.

Learn a new skill

Use this extra time to improve or to develop new, marketable skills. Taking initiative to learn a skill will help employers see all that you have to offer.

  • Technical skills like Python or InDesign, or soft skills like professional communication and how to develop a professional network, are all good places to start.
  • There are countless apps and websites that specialize in skill building, including Buckeye Career’s very own Buckeye OnPACE.

Set up search alerts

Let technology do the work for you by creating searches on other job posting platforms.

  • Job sites can create daily searches for key skills or titles that you specify. When you find an opportunity, remember to apply right away with a tailored resume and cover letter.

Volunteer virtually

Volunteer work offers the opportunity to learn new skills and make new workforce connections.

Talk to your college career services office

Work with your career services office, Buckeye Careers or Career Counseling and Support Services on potential opportunities.

  • They’ll have advice, tips and tricks to help you succeed.
  • For additional support or questions, contact careerquestions@osu.edu.