Health & Science: COVID Job Data

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April 16, 2020 – Upcoming Events, Opportunities, and Resources


As time continues to pass with the coronavirus growing or flattening in various regions and the start of the recession hitting us, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reports a significant (and unfortunate but not surprising) shift in employer responses to hiring plans.  My previous newsletter in mid-March shared the positive news that 90% of employers expected to maintain their internship programs without change; however, NACE released new poll results. Here is a quick lowdown. [note: most polled employers are for-profit employers and n = 234 employers].

  • 30% reported moving forward with on-site internships.  Fortunately, 29% of employers plan to conduct their internship programs virtually and 35% will delay the start date.
  • 15% of employers stated they would cut back on the number interns virtually or on-site. 
  • 64% are not revoking offers to full-time recruits and interns, although another 22% are considering it.
  • 67% are planning to recruit the class of 2021 at the same level as for the Class of 2020 while 16% are still undecided.

My role is to help you think strategically within this industry and give you resources to help you do so.  A few things to keep in mind.

  • While all industries are seeing a reduction in hiring, the industries with the smallest decline of job postings on Handshake include Pharma and Medical Devices, Healthcare and Services, and Nonprofit.
  • Note the industry of Healthcare and Services varies widely in terms of needs.  Nurses, medical assistants, doctors, and social workers are in demand more than ever.  Yet, nonessential healthcare services are not. An alum of the HCMP program works at Privia Health, a company focused on providing operational and tech services to independent medical providers.  Their clients have seen a 60% reduction in service which impacts those medical providers in addition to Privia Health’s bottom line.  Ask yourself:  What is essential in healthcare right now?
  • Keep track of crowdsourcing sites, such as CandorGithub, and ismyinternshipcancelled to get the insider scoop on mostly larger, well-known companies. [note: these sites seem to match our intel, however,  we cannot guarantee the accuracy]
  • Government continues to hire full-time, however, summer interns will vary by the agency. The Government Executive reports agencies such as the Agriculture Department, the Transportation Department, Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services have plans to increase staff to aid in the coronavirus response.  Apply in July to work on projects for a wide variety of government agencies via the Virtual Student Federal Service.

If you can’t tell from my previous newsletters, I like numbers and data. My goal is to provide you with job market data in order to plan during this uncertain time, and resources to help you strategically search for internships and jobs.  My next newsletters will focus on ways to spend your time in order to build your experience and resume, in case an internship or job does not come to fruition. Of course, feel free to contact me or schedule an appointment via Handshake at any time. 

All the best,
Jodi Schneiderman
Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Industry Advising
Health, Science, and Technology

Upcoming Events

COVID-19 Healthcare Conference
Apr 18 | 2:00PM – 3:00PM EDT | Virtual | Register

COVID-19 has revealed new opportunities for our healthcare infrastructure to evolve through the use of technology and social innovation. The question at hand is: how is COVID-19 impacting our healthcare systems and ourselves, and what can we do to prepare for the future? Join the discussion with a diverse team of healthcare experts in an online conference hosted by Zaya Med to discuss how we can support our healthcare systems and improve our health and well-being after COVID-19.

Apply to Jumpstart’s #WorkTogether Fellowship Prize
Deadline: Apr 22 | Virtual | Register

Jumpstart is offering three $10,000 prizes for students who can come up with solutions focused on helping others connect with employers in the digital era. Winners will receive a cash prize to work on their project, as well as guidance from industry experts. Don’t miss this opportunity to help others, while having a unique resume builder for the summer! Learn more about the prompt, timeline, and judging criteria here.

Deloitte Virtual Coffee Chats
Apr 24 | 1:00PM – 4:00PM EDT | Virtual | Register via Survey

Calling sophomores and juniors! Deloitte is hosting 20 minute virtual coffee chats, where you can talk to recent GU alums about working in Deloitte Consulting’s Government and Public Services practice. If interested, please fill out the interest survey above, and indicate that you’re interested in discussing STEM opportunities. RSVP soon before time slots run out!

Apply for a Scholarship for the Women In Global Policy Seminar
Scholarship Deadline: Apr 24 | Seminar Date: May 18 – 22 | Virtual | Scholarship Application

At the PLEN Women in Global Policy seminar, you’ll learn about specific issues in international policy from the women who work on them everyday. At the same time, build the skills and connections you need to land your first job or internship in Washington, DC or abroad. Discussion topics will include Global Policy 101, Climate Change, Energy, Global Public Health, and more! While this event has a fee, you can apply for a scholarship above. Learn more about the seminar here.

Bioethics Research Showcase
Submission Deadline: Apr 22 | Submission Link (new window)

The Bioethics Research Showcase at Georgetown University is a juried digital exhibition of student work in a variety of categories and disciplines, situated at the intersection of the many topics in the ethics of health, the environment, and emerging technologies that comprise the field of bioethics. Cash prizes will be awarded for outstanding work, and all submissions will be published online.

Jobs & Internships

Access Campaign Vaccines Intern or Access HIV and Tuberculosis Policy Intern (Summer 2020), Doctors Without Borders (Apply by Apr 17)

Cell & Gene Therapy Associate, Lonza (Apply by Apr 19)

Environmental Program Consultant, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (Apply by Apr 19)

Climate Solutions Fellow, Grist (Apply by Apr 20)

Health Organizing Intern, NAKASEC (Apply by Apr 20)

Public Health Internship, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (Apply by Apr 21)

Environmental Health & Safety Intern, L3Harris Technologies (Apply by Apr 23)

Moms Clean Air Force Summer Intern, Environmental Defense Fund (Apply by Apr 24)

Impact Team Member, Dogwood Health Trust (Apply by Apr 25)

Environmental Associate Scientist, Procter & Gamble (Apply by Apr 25)

Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics Summer Intern, MyoKardia (Apply by Apr 27)

Social Work Intern, Prestige Healthcare Resources (Apply by Apr 30)

Policy Associate, America’s Essential Hospitals (Apply by Apr 30)

Science Writer, Write Brain (Apply by Apr 30)

Wellness on the Go

How a Pet Can Help You While You Shelter in Place

Source: Healthline

For some people, pets are making a big difference in the isolated world of COVID-19. Learn about how your furry friends can be more than just cute companions here (new window)!

Career Center Resources

Industry Advisor:
Jodi Schneiderman

Online Resources:

Writing Resumes & Cover Letters
Networking Skills
Interviewing Skills
Industry Resources
What Can I Do with My Georgetown Major?

Virtual Drop-Ins: 
Drop-ins are available M-F between 1-3 pm via Undergraduate students will be connected with an advisor for a 15-minute meeting on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Appointments: Virtual appointments are available via Handshake. Sign up under ‘Career Center,’ then ‘Appointments’, then ‘Industry Advising,” then ‘Health, Science, and Technology’.