New Guidance Regarding UNLV Internships and Experiential Learning Opportunities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the university begins to shift toward in-person activities in the fall, UNLV departments, schools, and colleges should remain committed to student health and safety as they plan for on-site internship and other experiential student learning opportunities, such as practicums, field work, clinical experiences, and service-learning. Students participating in these experiences should also remain vigilant about safety relative to the pandemic, and vaccinations are strongly recommended for the entire campus community.

Employers who plan to host students for experiential learning opportunities, especially those in healthcare settings, may require students to be fully vaccinated. In order to be considered fully vaccinated, two weeks must have elapsed since completing the two-dose vaccine series or receiving a single-dose vaccine. In order to prevent delays in starting, students should consider the timing of their vaccine administration, and they should prepare for any employer COVID-related policies/requirements.

Virtual experiential learning opportunities are more common as the result of the pandemic, so UNLV departments, schools, and colleges should consider this when placing students. Students may discuss the possibility of virtual experiential learning opportunities with their advisors.

Employers that host these experiences for students must: 

UNLV academic and administrative units hosting students from other universities for internships/experiential learning opportunities must follow the above directives, standards, and guidelines. Additionally, students from other universities serving in these roles must follow UNLV COVID-19 On-Campus Health Requirements.

For additional guidance regarding service learning, please contact the Office of Service Learning and Leadership at sll@unlv.edu. For additional guidance about other experiential learning opportunities, please contact the Office of Career Services at careerservices@unlv.edu.

UNLV Guidance Regarding In-Person Volunteerism During the COVID-19 Crisis

When the campus begins returning to campus in the fall, in-person volunteerism will be encouraged once again, as long as the health and safety of all are still considered paramount. Vaccinations are strongly recommended for the entire campus community, especially before participating in volunteer activities. Many organizations that host volunteers may have their own COVID-related policies or requirements, and the campus community should respect these policies/requirements and prepare for them. Further guidance can be provided by the Office of Community Engagement at UNLVCommunityEngagement@unlv.edu.