Managing the Disruption of COVID-19:
The Feasibility of Internships and other External Learning Experiences

Over the last few months, the University has closely monitored the evolving developments related to COVID-19. The full impact of this global health crisis on our University community still remains to be seen. Amid COVID-19, students must make critical decisions regarding their academic progress, including whether to cancel, reschedule, or proceed with external academic learning experiences, such as internships, practicums, apprenticeships, preceptors, cooperative education, external research assistantships, and other experiential learning opportunities. As a student, you remain in charge of your education. You must make a voluntary and informed decision regarding whether to accept or reject an external placement or explore other alternatives.

The University places the health and safety of its students at the forefront and is therefore neither insisting nor recommending that students continue with any external placements in the wake of COVID-19. Ultimately, the final decision lies with you.

Without question, COVID-19 presents unprecedented challenges. Students must feel empowered to make informed decisions, with a full understanding of the possible risks, benefits, and academic consequences of their choices. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) provides reliable information regarding what is currently known about the transmission and severity of COVID-19, including the risk factors for those who might be at higher risk of severe illness from the virus. For more information about how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, please see the CDC’s webpage, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html, which is updated as new information becomes available. You may also consult your treating physicians or the University student health center for information on COVID-19.

An Important Message About Summer 2020 Classes

In order to promote social distancing and comply with the university’s current travel recommendations, we are currently reviewing StudyUSA programs and working with faculty to make decisions on whether to modify or cancel Summer 2020 offerings.

Our students and faculty are very important to us and we will continue to take all possible precautions to keep both safe and healthy. As decisions are made about a course, we will contact students already registered for the course and share options with them for remaining in the course or withdrawing.

While our Summer 2020 list has been modified, we are still accepting applications for active programs. Our current list can be found on the Current Programs page.

If you have any questions about StudyUSA or our Summer 2020 programs, please email studyusa@olemiss.edu or call 662-915-2746.