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

Chicago Botanic Garden Veteran Internship Program 

The Veteran Internship Program (VIP) is a dynamic internship program for military veterans consisting of career exploration and mentoring, employment skills development, and job readiness assistance. Interns will work 30 hours a week in a designated area suited to their career path or interests. Salary consists of an hourly wage of $15 per hour with a $50 per week travel allowance. Interns will receive a boots allowance, rain gear, and curriculum materials. Veterans are encouraged to apply by March 14, 2021.

Circle of Service Foundation Internship

The Remote Intern will assist staff who implement grant-making strategies. There are Program Directors for each of the four Foundation focuses: education, community services, medical research and the Jewish community. The Remote Intern will work with the Program Directors and Program Associates to conduct background research on relevant issues, attend virtual meetings with the organizations the Foundation supports, attend meetings with staff from other Foundations to discuss collaborative work and undertake special projects as needed. Students interested in nonprofits or social outcomes are encouraged to apply.

Metropolitan Planning Council

The Metropolitan Planning Council is seeking applicants for their Research Assistant positions. MPC will have two paid Research Assistant/Intern openings for 2021. 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 Jan. 4, 2021 but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis before and after this deadline.

PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies

The PSEG ISS Green Teams Program is a paid internship opportunity running from June 1-Aug. 6. Students are given a chance to work as part of a transdisciplinary Green Team addressing real-world sustainability problems posed by a corporation, local business, or government agency. By building partnerships, PSEG ISS provides vital research and knowledge on how human activity impacts the world, and recommends feasible approaches to achieve changes needed. Students of all majors 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.