Going Virtual for COVID-19

The information below outlines our services and internship recommendations in light of COVID-19 along with some other helpful resources for navigating career decisions during this time.

Our Services

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  • For Students

    The University of Miami campus community continues to closely monitor the development of coronavirus COVID-19. Our priority is the safety and well-being of our students and staff. For this reason, the Toppel Career Center will be suspending all in-person services for Fall 2020, including professional headshots, Sebastian's Closet professional clothing rentals, and career advising. Instead, all career advising will take place either by phone or virtually using Zoom meetings. 

    Instructions for accessing advising as well as other virtual services and resources are below. For any questions, please email us at toppel@miami.edu.

    Drop-In Advising 

    Drop-in advising will take place Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm via Zoom. You do not need to schedule an appointment to take advantage of drop-in advising. Please go to https://tinyurl.com/toppel at any time during our drop-in hours, and an advisor will be there to assist you. 

    Advising Appointments 

    Students have the option of scheduling appointments in advance with advisors. Please go to Handshake starting on March 16, 2020 and select “Career Center” and then “Appointments.” You may sign up for either a phone or virtual appointment. When signing up for a virtual appointment, please note the advisor’s unique Zoom meeting link which you will use to join the meeting at your scheduled time.  

    Practice Interviews 

    Students have several options available for practice interviews. You can record practice interviews utilizing Big Interview. To receive feedback on your practice interview, please share the videos with advising.toppel@miami.edu. You can also schedule practice interviews via Handshake.

    Resume Critiques

    Students can continue to submit their resumes on Handshake for an online resume critique. You can also discuss your resume and other documents during the virtual advising options mentioned above.

    Searching for Jobs & Internships

    Students can continue to search for jobs and internships on Handshake. Also on Handshake, you can register for virtual events to network with employers, read company reviews, message recruiters, and message your peers. Remember to fill out your Handshake profile and keep it up-to-date! If you’re interested in doing a micro-internship, check-out Parker Dewey for listings.

    Career Assessments

    Students can continue to take career assessments to help them explore career options. Career Explorer by Sokanu is a career test designed to measure a person’s traits and match them to careers. You can take the test online at any time.

    Finding a Mentor

    Students can continue to use Cane2Cane to find alumni mentors. Cane2Cane is an online platform that connects UM students with alumni for opportunities to explore career paths, prepare for the workplace, and establish new connections in their network. You can message alumni and schedule virtual meetings to get advice or ask them about their careers.


    All career events including career fairs, information sessions, and workshops are currently virtual. For the most up-to-date list of events, check out the events tab on Handshake.

    Any Questions? 

    For any advising-related questions, please email advising.toppel@miami.edu, and we will be in touch with you shortly. For questions about current or upcoming internships, please read below, or contact us at toppel-internships@miami.edu. For any other questions, please contact toppel@miami.edu.

  • For Employers

    The Toppel Career Center team remains committed to connecting employers and students for internship and full-time roles. Our priority is the safety and well-being of our students and staff. For this reason, the Toppel Career Center will be suspending in-person recruiting events for the fall semester and will host virtual options for talent engagement events and career fairs. Please make these requests through Handshake. For any questions, please contact HireACane@miami.edu and here are some additional tips. 

    Utilize Handshake

    • Reach our entire undergraduate, graduate student, and alumni populations by posting full-time, internship positions in Handshake.
    • To better identify prospective candidates for roles for which you are recruiting, use the student profile search function and engage students directly.
    • Schedule virtual interviews via Handshake.

     Host Talent Engagement Events

    • Use Zoom, Skype or other platforms to engage directly with students. This is the best way to continue building your brand and Toppel can host these events for you using Zoom.

     Post Projects on Bridges (PeopleGrove)

    • Share short-term, project-based work experiences with University of Miami students and alumni. Click here for more information.

    Post Micro-Internships (Parker Dewey)

    • Consider creating micro-projects or shorter-term task-based assignments for students. Learn more here.

    Handshake has also developed a list of Virtual Recruiting Resources to Engage College Students and Grads During COVID-19.

Our Internship Recommendations

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  • For Students

    If you are currently participating in an internship or plan to participate in one in the near future, it is important to keep in mind that the University of Miami’s policies do not reflect the policies of the company that is hosting you. Please make sure to maintain communication with your internship supervisor about any changes to their operations and/or to your circumstances that may affect your work as an intern. Talk to your internship supervisor if you have any questions or concerns about the safety of the work environment and about the possibility of working remotely.

    If you are receiving academic credit for your internship, please direct questions concerning these credits to the department/program that is awarding them. For any other questions about current or upcoming internships, please contact us at toppel-internships@miami.edu.

  • For Employers

    In order to protect the health and safety of our students and limit the spread of COVID-19, we ask that you please consider allowing interns to complete any and/or all projects remotely. We are happy to chat with you to discuss what a virtual internship could look like for your specific department/organization.

    Please communicate directly with your intern(s) regarding any changes or updates to your organization's operations impacting their internship. For any questions about hosting an intern, please contact us at toppel-internships@miami.edu.

  • For UM Departments

    While the Toppel Internship Program does not have requirements on minimum work hours or virtual/remote work for students to receive academic credit, we realize your academic department may have different requirements specific to your academic internship/fieldwork/practicum course.

    We encourage you to make determinations for your course based on your departmental and school/college policies as well as what is in the best interest of your students. For any additional guidance, please contact us at toppel-internships@miami.edu.

Helpful Resources

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