Tips for mentoring and engaging interns remotely

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How can organizations adapt to providing mentorship and networking opportunities for interns working from home? Photo by: Gabriel Benois on Unsplash

BARCELONA — The coronavirus pandemic has caused huge disruption for graduates and others hoping to enter the global development sector. With travel shut down and organizations forced to close their offices, many internship and volunteer programs were also shuttered or postponed.

Development graduates encounter an unsettled job market

With some internships canceled and entry-level hiring slow, Devex speaks to development students and new graduates about the search for opportunities amid a pandemic.

But just as organizations have had to adapt their workforces to remote working during the past few months, some have also managed to adapt their internship programs for virtual delivery — allowing them to continue offering opportunities to young professionals and nurture future leaders.

About the author

  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.