Perspective in HRD - Virtual Internships During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

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Yet, with so little time for such a significant transition, and despite the fact that some organizations had successfully launched virtual internship programs in past years, concerns were persistent about the quality of virtual internships and whether interns could possibly engage in sufficient networking and informal learning such as observing office culture and professional norms (McGregor, 2020; Moreno, 2020). [...]the very significance of the word intern lies in its ambiguity,” argues Ross Perlin, who also cites Natalie Lundsteen's overly general definition of an internship as “any experience of the world of work from which a student can learn about a career.” First and foremost, internship administrators on both the college and employer sides must determine whether internship programs will be postponed or offered fully, and when in-person internships under their auspices will be offered again. [...]the decisions made by universities may have varying levels of legal implications.



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