COVID‑19 Updates

 

Posted by Dalhousie Management Career Services on March 18, 2020

This page was last updated on July 24th  2020 at 11:30am.

The health and well-being of our students is our number one priority, and it is vital we do our part to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. The Management Career Services office is currently closed, and all staff are working from home. Please send any inquiries to mcs@dal.caPlease visit dal.ca/coronavirus for ongoing updates from the university.

Communications to students and employers

Below are a set of commonly-asked questions, as well as a list of the most recent updates to students and employers regarding work terms. All students are advised to continue to check their Dal.ca email for future updates, and to check in with their supervisors/recruiters frequently.  Please note: No student's academic progress will be delayed due to situations beyond their control.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fall 2020 Work Term Students

What are my options for Fall 2020?

Students who are doing a work term in Fall 2020 are expected to conduct a thorough job search. As a temporary measure for this work term, Dalhousie Management Career Services will consider work terms of a minimum of 8 weeks at 35 hours per weeks.

Can I accept a position that involves work from home?

Yes. MCS has a process to approve virtual working and will take that into consideration when approving your work term record. Contact your Career and Recruitment Specialist for more information.

Commerce Summer 2020 Work Term Students

What are my options for a summer 2020 work term?

All Summer 2020 Work Term students have two options for the continuation of their degree:

Option 1: Proceed with a Summer 2020 Work Term
If you have already secured a position and would like it to proceed, it can. If you have yet to obtain a work term, and you want to continue searching, you can. The minimum requirement for the Summer 2020 Work Term is 8 weeks regardless of how many weeks your previous work terms were.

Option 2: Online course replacement for the Summer 2020 Work Term
Further details concerning a new online Summer 2020 course are currently being developed by the Rowe School of Business and will be made available to students as soon as they are finalized. Please note that no other course is eligible to replace the work term.

NOTE: Students are to take no action concerning dropping their work term course at this time. MCS and the Undergraduate Advising Office are working to coordinate the process to allow students to make their choice of the two options above and further details will be communicated as soon as possible.  All students who have yet to secure but wish to pursue a work term are strongly recommended to engage with their assigned Career and Recruitment (CRS) as soon as possible to discuss their work term job search strategy.

If you have already accepted a work term, it is essential to stay in contact with your supervisor or recruiter.

Can I accept a position that involves work from home?

Yes. MCS has a process to approve virtual working and will take that into consideration when approving your work term record. Contact your Career and Recruitment Specialist for more information.

Can I accept a position that is less than 35 hours per week?

At this time, MCS has not changed the requirement to work a minimum of 35 hours per week.

I have already accepted a position but my employer can no longer employ me for the full 12 weeks. What do I do?

As of April 20th, 2020, work terms of a minimum of eight weeks duration will be considered for approval for the Summer 2020 term. An email with more information was sent to all Summer 2020 work term students. Please check your Dalhousie email before contacting Management Career Services.

Students must not drop the Summer 2020 work term without first contacting their Career and Recruitment Specialist.

If I choose to complete the course instead of a work term, am I still permitted to work?

Yes, students are permitted and encouraged, where feasible, to accept employment related to their degree if they so choose. This could allow students to take on part time work, volunteer positions, or other work that would not fulfill the regular work term requirements while still completing the online course replacement. This work will not count towards your degree. If you are interested in finding such positions, please contact your Career and Recruitment Specialist.

What if I can't secure a work term long enough to get my 42 weeks of work in?

Management Career Services has changed its policy of a flat amount of weeks. Moving forward, students require three work terms of 12 weeks each. For students whose last work term is Summer 2020, a minimum of 8 weeks (or completion of the alternative Work Term Replacement Course)  will suffice due to the unique cirumstances provided by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact your Career and Recruitment Specialist for more information.

Bachelor of Management Internship Summer 2020 Students

What are my options for a summer 2020 work term?

Option 1:  Proceed with a Summer 2020 Work Term

If you have already secured a position and would like to proceed, it can.  If you have yet to obtain a work term, and you want to continue searching, you can.  The minimum requirement for your internship is 32 weeks.  Internships can begin as late as May 25, working until January 1.

Option 2:  Defer your internship until September 2020

Your graduation date would be impacted; however, you would gain eight months of industry experience making you more competitive in the job market post-graduation.  Contact you internship coordinator, Jen Coombs, at jennifer.coombs@dal.ca immediately if you would like to defer your internship.

Option 3:  Drop the internship and return to classes in September 2020

Contact your internship coordinator, Jen Coombs, at jennifer.coombs@dal.ca immediately if you would like to drop the internship program.     

Can I accept a position that involves work from home?

Yes.  MCS has a process to approve virtual working and will take that into consideration when approving your work term record.  Contact your internship coordinator, Jen Coombs, at jennifer.coombs@dal.ca for more information.

Can I accept a position that is less than 35 hours per week?

At this time, MCS has not changed the requirement to work a minimum of 35 hours per week.

I have already accepted a position, but my employer can no longer employ me for the full 32 weeks. What do I do?

Please contact your internship coordinator, Jen Coombs, at jennifer.coombs@dal.ca immediately.  From there, we can discuss your options. 

My internship was scheduled to begin May 2020, but my employer has cancelled my internship. What should I do?

If your employer has reneged on your internship, you are able to:

  • Search for another summer 2020 work term;
  • Defer your internship until September 2020; or
  • Drop the internship and return to classes in September 2020.

It is recommended that you contact your internship coordinator, Jen Coombs, at jennifer.coombs@dal.ca immediately should your employer renege your internship. 

My internship was scheduled to begin May 2020, but my employer has asked to defer the internship to Fall 2020. What should I do?

If your employer has asked for you to defer your internship to Fall 2020, it is recommended that you contact your internship coordinator, Jen Coombs, at jennifer.coombs@dal.ca immediately.

This will impact your graduation date, however you would gain eight months of industry experience making you more competitive in the job market post-graduation.  It is strongly recommended that you speak to the Undergraduate Advising Office by contacting uao@dal.ca to discuss the impact to your academic program moving forward.  

Employers

I would like to hire a co-op student, but am unable to proceed for financial reasons. Can Management Career Services help?

Depending on your situation, there may be government resources that employers can access during this time. Please contact our Employer Development Team immediately to discuss your unique situation. Note: Our team is working remotely, so please use email or cell phone numbers at this time.

 

I have hired a Commerce Co-op student but cannot provide a full 12 weeks of experience. Will this still count as a work term?

Due to the unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dalhousie Management Career Services will now permit Summer 2020 work terms of 8 weeks at 35 hours per week. Please contact Management Career Services at mcs@dal.ca to discuss your options. We may be able to connect you with additional resources.

 

Previous Communications

Communications to Fall 2020 Work Term Students

Communications to Summer 2020 Work Term Students

Communications to Employers