NEI Global Relocation’s Global Mobility Strategies team – in conjunction with the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council® – conducted a Pulse Survey of a wide variety of industries to determine how organizations addressed remote internships programs during the 2020 pandemic.
- Value: Most cited the biggest benefit of remote internships were lower costs compared to traditional programs.
- Drawback: The biggest challenge was remote interns experiencing an organization's culture.
- Support: In 2019, most provided benefits to traditional interns, but only a quarter did for remote interns in 2020.
- Policies: About half had formal policies for both traditional and remote interns.
- Technology: Many provided remote interns laptops, but all who did used Work from Home or Repayment Agreements to ensure the equipment was returned.
- 2021: When asked if they would continue their remote internship programs in 2021, most were split between “Yes” and “Only if we consider it unsafe to conduct traditional internships”.
- Overall: Traditional internships seem to be the preferred option when considering the overall experience. As one respondent stated, “We consider our remote internship program a success based on intern and manager feedback, but a traditional, in person internship is generally preferred.”
For a copy of the full NEI survey with its complete findings, please reach out to your NEI contact or CLICK HERE to download the report.