IPA Pulse Survey: An Interesting Interlude for Internships

IPA’s latest pulse survey tapped the knowledge of nearly 150 MPs in late May on several key issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, what changes (if any) are firms making to their internship plans at a time when money may be particularly tight and the majority of their offices may still be working remotely?

While only 4% of respondents reported having had to rescind offers already made to interns, 14% have made the decision to suspend their internship programs for the time being. Meanwhile, 12% of survey participants are moving ahead with their internships as scheduled but shifting them to an online experience, while 22% are keeping their intern commitments but pushing back start dates.

The highest percentage of respondents (47%), however, fell into the “other” category, where the range of explanations included the lack of an internship program to begin, plans for scaled-back program durations and some firms pushing ahead with their programs as scheduled.

Other firms, meanwhile, have opted for a combination of some of the measures noted above by reducing hours, curtailing program durations and cutting back on the number of internship offers going out. Still other firms continue sorting out their plans, while several with fall interns are holding steady for now and hoping for the best come September.

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