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Internships in the Time of COVID

Image of beer for virtual internship article.

Wingspan, Fall 2020

When web design major Tom Ostrye started his internship with Annapolis Home Brew in January, he thought he found the perfect way to hone his skills and gain academic credit at the same time. It also helped that he was investing in a personal interest, said Ostrye, an amateur brewer currently creating a Vienna Cream Ale from the home brew supply store’s recipe.

What he didn’t know was that he would help the small business during a global pandemic. “It was a fantastic experience and I learned a lot,” he said of his work with the store’s new website, which launched April 1 to brisk business.

Internships like Ostrye’s continue to go remote and adapt, but as the college evolves with the changing rules and business landscape, AACC Internship Program Coordinator Gwendolyn Johnson said there’s a new option available to students and local companies – completely virtual internships.

“Local businesses can virtually host student interns for work and tasks that require specific skill sets and experiences,” she said. “Internships can be done remotely, and provide short-term assistance to complete projects and tasks that volunteers may not have the background or skills to accomplish.”

The alternative format can help business owners as they’re navigating a changed landscape, and students looking for flexible options to add to their résumé.

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