Knowing that many students and their family members have been furloughed or laid off as a result of COVID-19, Career Development staff have created this webpage to bring together resources to help students navigate a difficult economic time. Though Career Development is currently working remotely, we are committed to supporting our students and alumni during these challenging times. 

Essential Jobs Hiring

In response to the dramatic loss of employment, Career Development staff have gathered a list of companies—mostly larger companies—that have announced hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many companies and organizations in the retail, social service and governmental fields are eager to fill positions due to an increase in demand for a number of essential services from the COVID-19 outbreak. These include:

Paid Internships

NEIU Alumni Association Micro-Internships

A micro-internship is a short-term, paid professional assignment that is similar to those given to new hires or interns. In addition to supporting professional development, these experiences can provide a modest income source. Micro-internships are facilitated via the Parker Dewey platform, which connects Career Launchers with companies in need of support. Students also have the opportunity to access the Career Launchers Resources page on the Parker Dewey platform. 

Create an account, complete your profile, and apply for paid micro-internships that will help you to build your skills, explore career paths and grow a professional network. Please direct any questions to

Borderless Magazine

Borderless Magazine is a nonprofit news outlet with a mission to redefine and humanize immigration journalism. Borderless Magazine is seeking a Reporting Intern for the summer who is passionate about immigration issues and reporting. Interns are expected to work 10 hours per week for 12 weeks. Students from immigrant communities are encouraged to apply.

Jobs to Move America

Jobs to Move America (JMA) works to transform public spending and corporate behavior using a comprehensive approach rooted in racial and economic justice and community organizing. For nine years, JMA has been working to ensure that public investment in infrastructure supports quality U.S. jobs, cleaner air and career opportunities for historically underrepresented workers in the industry, as well as those facing barriers to employment. JMA is currently seeking a full-time summer Research Intern to join their team in Chicago. This position is an excellent paid opportunity for people interested in new models of policy and research at the intersection of racial, economic and environmental justice. Interns must commit to at least 35 hours per week for a full-time summer position.

One Summer Chicago

One Summer Chicago brings together government institutions, community-based organizations and companies to offer over 30,000 employment and internship opportunities to youth and young adults ages 14 to 24. Apply online; interviews are currently scheduled to take place in May and June. Those interested are encouraged to apply by the end of April. 

Upkey’s 2020 Virtual Internship Program (VIP)

Upkey is offering 1,000 virtual internship opportunities for students for Summer 2020. Upkey’s 2020 Virtual Internship Program (VIP) implements project-based learning and micro-internships across various business functions with the purpose to increase students’ leadership, entrepreneurship, and experiential skills. Students who complete Upkey’s 2020 Virtual Internship Program (VIP) will receive a $1,000 stipend. Current students are encouraged to apply online.

Looking for a Job During COVID-19

Have you started or are you getting ready to start a search for a full-time professional position? Are you now wondering what your next steps should be given the economic slowdown as a result of COVID-19? Below are some resources with ideas and recommendations on how one can navigate during these challenging times.

NEIUHire free online job board 

The easiest and most direct way for students and alumni to search job opportunities is through Career Development’s free online job board, NEIUHire. Use your NEIUport login credentials to gain access to leading employers, tools to enhance employability, and connect with potential careers, and internships. Prepare for success by taking advantage of:

  • Access to all features from a smart device 24/7
  • Customized job recommendations
  • Interest inventories
  • Resume builder
  • Mock interview practice

Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. IDES recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. Read more information on unemployment insurance and apply.

Workers with DACA

  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights created an infographic about DACA and unemployment insurance in Illinois.

If you would like to talk with a Career Development staff member or schedule a remote appointment, please call our main number at (773) 442-4680. Please also feel free to reach out to us via with your request.