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Career, Job & Internship Resources during COVID-19
Last Updated: 4/26/21
Because of rapid changes to the job market that the COVID-19 pandemic has created for Sacramento State students and alumni, this page focuses on immediate and remote job opportunities, virtual career events, online learning, and career development resources.
Be aware that COVID-19 is a fluid situation. The Career Center updates this resource monthly.
If you would like one-on-one help searching for jobs/internships, enhancing your resume, translating your career and academic skills, exploring skills, preparing for virtual interviews, and more, please use our online scheduler to set up an appointment for a virtual session.
Please note, the Career Center does not provide psychological counseling, therapy, or other mental health services. The University provides psychological counseling services for students through Student Health & Counseling Services.
- What Can I Do With This Major? - Learn about career areas and types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.
- Big Interview - Increase your interview preparedness by practicing answers to common interview questions on video and learning resume best practices to help you land more interviews.
- Sac State Career Network - Request career advice from professional alumni through this online career mentoring platform.
- Focus 2 Career – (available through your MySacState) – Develop your career goals with this tool for self-assessment and making major and career plans, along with tools to identify career readiness skills.
Job & Internship Opportunities During COVID-19
Although some industries are adversely affected by the pandemic, some are growing. Many jobs and internships have moved to remote operations, and some employers are scheduling virtual interviews for positions they expect to begin after conditions improve.
Handshake is Sacramento State’s primary career resource site where students and alumni can:
- Access full- and part-time job opportunities, on-campus jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities
- Participate in Career Fairs
- Attend Information Sessions
- Research companies and network with employers
- Find remote job opportunities in Handshake by searching for jobs that have the word “remote” in the title.
- Update your profile. You can indicate that you are willing to work remotely so that employers can find you. A quick guide to getting the most out of your Handshake profile
- Eightfold.ai Talent Exchange Sacramento State Career Center has partnered with Eightfold AI to connect Sac State students and alumni with full- and part-time job opportunities. This technology can understand your skills and work history and will automatically match you to relevant jobs available from their client companies.
- Sacramento LGBT Community Center is hiring Mental Health Clinicians, STEP Coordinator & Case Manager, Assistant Director of Programs, and more.
- URx For Students – Join this LinkedIn group to receive information regarding student opportunities - from student events to open internship roles.
Remote Work Opportunities
- Micro Internships by Parker Dewey Engage in paid projects and remote micro-internships from a variety of disciplines. Find assignments for marketing like copywriting and working in social media, sales projects like lead generation, operations tasks like building reports, and more.
- Virtual Internships Explore opportunities with around 200 companies that provide meaningful tasks to help students build skills and further their career development.
- Symba Remote internship opportunities through a variety of organizations nationwide.
- Take Lessons Get paid to provide online lessons in such subjects as a foreign language, musical instruments, singing, or drawing.
- Outschool Fill the increased demand for online learning by becoming a virtual teacher.
- LinkedIn Find remote jobs on LinkedIn by selecting REMOTE in the location field when conducting a job search.
- TutorMe Become an online tutor in various subjects.
Virtual Learning and Workplace Skills Resources
Note: Microsoft Office skills are in high demand!
- Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success - Access free training (for a limited time) on a variety of virtual technologies, communications tools, and strategies that can make you a stronger candidate for careers involving virtual projects and remote teams.
- LinkedIn for Students - Now more than ever, employers rely on virtual recruiting to find talent. Access tips and training to leverage LinkedIn's resources to land a competitive internship or job.
- Smarthinking strengthens writing, from grammar skills to composition to career documents.
Other COVID-19 Related Links
Emergency Internet Access
Check out these internet service providers offering free public Wi-Fi and other benefits in response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Keep Americans Connected Call to Action.
- AT&T (provides financial relief number as well)
- Consolidated Communications
- You can borrow a laptop temporarily and get referrals for internet access from Sacramento State’s Information Resources & Technology Laptop Checkout Process (supplies limited).
- PCs for People or Rent-a-Center depending on your location could help you get a gently used laptop for a lower price.
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Resources
- Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship provides virtual entrepreneurship toolkits, startup information and resources and virtual appointments with entrepreneurs-in-residence.
- HaneyBiz provides a webinar series to offer advice for small businesses on navigating crises.
- Sacramento Region Community Foundation (SRCF) activated its Sacramento Region Disaster Fund to help address challenges facing local nonprofit organizations due to COVID-19.
- Sacramento State Library - HR/Management Resources for COVID-19
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19.
- Community/Government Employment Financial and Employment Resources
- California Employment Development Department (EDD) Coronavirus (COVID-19) provides resources and guidance for workers and employers in response to COVID-19.
- California EDD Unemployment Insurance
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.
- California EDD Disability Insurance
If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages.
- California Labor & Workforce Development Agency
If workers are unable to do their usual job because they were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of their work, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Additional information can be found on their main website.
- California EDD Paid Family Leave
If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages.
- Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees, and all Californians as it relates to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Metro Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Rapid Response Hub provides links to resources in place for businesses and employees in response to COVID-19.
- Sacramento Central Labor Council has volunteered to help local workers impacted by COVID-19 navigate the unemployment process. The hotline for assistance is 916-905-1625.
- StudentAid.gov has information about what students and student loan borrowers should do in various circumstances, including students who have Federal Work-Study positions and are unable to work due to school closure or distance learning due to COVID-19.
- U.S. Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
The IRS has tax relief information to help taxpayers, businesses, and others affected by the COVID-19.
- OnwardCA is an initiative of foundations and companies to get workers displaced by COVID-19 essential life services and back to work as quickly as possible.
(Adapted from Metro Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Rapid Response Hub & City of Sacramento COVID-19 Economic Relief)
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