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

Campus Compact Safe Elections Project

The Campus Compact Safe Elections Project is looking to enlist and train 300 students this summer to recruit their fellow students as poll workers for the November 2020 election. Campus Compact will train Student Recruiters to be effective organizers and educators about the importance of poll workers for our democracy. Student Recruiters will receive a $500 stipend upon completion of their work, which will take place over about three weeks during Summer 2020. All training and resources will be provided online, and recruitment activities will take place virtually. Current students are encouraged to apply online.

Metropolitan Planning Council

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is seeking applicants for their Fall 2020 Research Assistant positions. MPC will have two paid Research Assistant/Intern openings for Fall 2020. Research assistants play an important role at MPC, offering essential support for our projects, working with staff on a daily basis, attending meetings, and learning about how urban planning policy works in the real world. The priority application deadline is Aug. 21, 2020, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis before and after this deadline.

State Senator Ram Villivalam 

The office of State Senator Ram Villivalam is now accepting applications for our remote Fall 2020 fellowship. Senator Villivalam has promised the 8th District progressive, effective leadership and top-notch constituent services. The team needs detail-oriented, experienced fellows to help enact these promises and ensure we continue to reach all constituents through new and different tools needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Fellowship to run early September to the end of December 2020. Fellows will work 20 hours per week; exact schedule to be determined on a case-by-case basis. Pay is $15 per hour. Please email your resume with the subject line “Fellowship Summer 2020” to by Monday, Aug. 30.

Trice Construction Company Internship 

Trice Construction Company is a fast growing, middle market utility infrastructure and civil contractor. Trice Construction is looking for a Construction Administrative intern who is responsible, dependable, has good time management and strong communication skills, and can work well on their own. Intern should be at least 18 years old, have good reading and strong writing skills. The individual must have good note-keeping skills, as they will have to speak with project managers, superintendents, customers and staff about their construction experience. Students who are WIOA eligible are encouraged to apply.

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

Working Students and New Graduates Eligible for CARES Act Unemployment Benefits: When Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March, it expanded unemployment insurance (UI) benefits eligibility to workers impacted by COVID-19 and increased the amount of assistance provided. The bill provides UI benefits to many who would usually be ineligible for state UI programs.

Students will qualify for benefits if they are unemployed, partially unemployed, unable or unavailable to work because the individual:

  • Has been diagnosed or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (or household members are)
  • Is providing care for a family or household member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or for a child whose school or child care center closed due to COVID-19
  • Is unable to get to work or commence employment due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions, a business shutdown due to emergency declarations, self-quarantine, a job offer reversal, or is an independent contractor forced to suspend operations
  • Has become the head of household due to a COVID-19 death
  • Is unable to work due to health ramifications of previous COVID-19 experience.

More details on the bill and eligibility requirements may be found online.

Read more about unemployment insurance in Illinois 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.