Resources for Employers during COVID-19

The University of Michigan (U-M) and the College of Engineering are committed to ensuring a safe and healthy environment for everyone. U-M health professionals are closely monitoring the rapidly changing developments regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The latest updates from U-M can be found on the COVID-19 information page.

The Engineering Career Resource Center (ECRC) is committed to supporting employers and students as they navigate potential limitations regarding travel and in-person interactions during this time. We are equipped to support virtual interviews and employer sessions, and are available to discuss options for adapting your recruitment strategy with Michigan Engineering given the current situation.

Please see below for additional information, and contact us with any questions.

Updating Candidates
Rescinding or Deferring Employment Offers
Recruiting Norms during COVID-19
Post Jobs on Engineering Careers, by Symplicity
Winter 2021 Michigan Engineering Career Fairs & Networking Events

Updating Candidates

In this time of uncertainty, our students and future grads are likely concerned about their future plans. To help alleviate fears and provide some level of reassurance, we encourage employers to communicate openly with candidates and new hires regarding their organization’s operating status. We recognize that this is an evolving situation and circumstances are changing quickly, however, we believe that providing periodic updates and resources to keep students informed of their status and options will be beneficial. As we receive inquiries, we will encourage students to contact their employers directly to ask specific questions and seek clarification as appropriate.

Rescinding or Deferring Employment Offers

The ECRC’s Recruitment Policy Statement establishes guidelines and best practices for employers who are recruiting Michigan engineering, computer science, and data science students for internships, co-ops, and full-time opportunities. While organizations work to mitigate the potential unprecedented health and economic impact brought on by COVID-19, we hope that rescinding offers will be a last resort. Further, we strongly encourage employers to make a good faith effort to explore all available options prior to rescinding or significantly deferring employment offers.

Please notify your primary recruiting contact at the ECRC if your organization finds itself in a situation where it is necessary to rescind or defer employment offers to Michigan engineering, computer science, and data science students.

Recruiting Norms during COVID-19

If you are holding interviews or events at your location, follow the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, including a “no handshake” policy to help limit the potential for the virus to spread between people.

For virtual interviews, please also keep in mind that students may be limited to their homes or other shared spaces, and may be unable to conduct a virtual interview in a private space. This may result in additional background noise and other minor disruptions during the interview that are outside of the candidate’s control.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) provides recruiting best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic within this article.

Post Jobs on Engineering Careers, by Symplicity

Engineering Careers, by Symplicity is the exclusive recruiting system for all University of Michigan engineering, computer science and data science students and alumni. Use your engineering careers account to post full-time, internship and co-op job opportunities. Need access? Sign-up here.

Winter 2021 Michigan Engineering Career Fairs & Networking Events

Click here for information regarding career fairs and networking events for Winter 2021. 

Please reach out to us with any questions or for additional information:
Corporate Partner Program companies, Catherine Lund, caanlund@umich.edu
Company name beginning with A-C, Amanda Kostin, ajkostin@umich.edu
Company name beginning with D-H, Nancy Niebrzydoski, nniebr@umich.edu
Company name beginning with I-O, Colleen McNamee, mcnameec@umich.edu
Company name beginning with P-T, Andrew LeMarbe, alemarbe@umich.edu
Company name beginning with U-Z, Catherine Lund, caanlund@umich.edu