COVID-19 impacts on Career and Professional Development services and FAQs

In accordance with the Virginia Tech COVID-19 information for the university community, Career and Professional Development provides the information below. For all of us, our primary concern is for everyone's health and safety, while we continue to support students.

Basic services

  • No. On Monday, March 16, 2020, we announced that effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, our building would be closed until further notice. 
  • However, our staff continue to work, and you may contact us.
  • Please monitor Virginia Tech COVID-19 information.
  • Yes. Our staff continue to work, and you may contact us.

Events and programs

Career preparation and questions about internships and jobs

Consider these factors to decide if it is in your best interests to negotiate a salary offer:

  • Know the industry and what is happening in that industry right now.
    • If the industry is faring well and the employer is still actively hiring in the current economic climate, that might encourage you to negotiate.
    • If the employer is in an industry that has been adversely affected by the current economic climate, you might choose not to negotiate.
  • Do you have multiple offers?
    • If you have multiple offers, and you like more than one , you are in a better position to negotiate.
    • If you have one offer, consider industry issues and the economy, above, to determine if you want to negotiate.

Read our guidance about salary questions and negotiating.

You are welcome to schedule an advising appointments (by phone and zoom) for individual assistance.

  • Some employers have already contacted their new hires and candidates to provide updates about the status of new hires and summer internships.
  • Other employers are still determining how COVID-10 will affect their hiring decisions and needs.
  • If you haven’t heard from your employer, contact the HR department (or other appropriate contact person). Ask (politely, and expressing your continued enthusiasm for the opportunity) for any information they can provide.
  • Understand that circumstances are changing rapidly, and some employers don't yet have a decision.
  • Some employers could be very busy with many inquiries, so be patient in awaiting a response.
  • For organizations that have shifted employees to remote work, be aware that making that shift creates more work. This can affect decision-making and communication.   
  • If you are unable to contact your recruiter or have additional questions, feel free to contact us
  • You may have questions that are very specific to your individual situation and are not frequently asked.
  • You are welcome to contact us or seek an advising appointment (by phone or zoom) for questions that are not answered here.

You may have questions that are very specific to your individual situation and are not frequently asked.

You are welcome to contact us or seek an advising appointment (by phone or zoom) if you have questions not answered here.