COVID-19 Puts Hold on Students’ Futures as Summer Internships Get Canceled

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HUNTER COLLEGE — COVID-19 related budget cuts have resulted in the shut down of nearly all businesses leaving 22 million people temporarily out of work and canceling about one million internship opportunities for students, according to a group estimate by Pay Our Interns.

“I got rejected from the Whitney Museum, and the Guggenheim and the MoMA can’t move forward with the application process since the summer internship program was canceled,” said senior Laura Willson, a studio art major. “It feels like it will be harder to find internships or even have the confidence to apply because we are unsure how much longer this quarantine will last.”