Companies lean in to remote internships

Companies had virtual internships thrust upon them last year. Now, large numbers say those internships are here to stay even once the pandemic subsides. We talked to colleges and businesses—from a small health-care company to Fortune 500s like Discover—about what’s worked, what hasn’t, and what’s in store this year and beyond.

Ifra Rabbani (R), a computer science student at the University of Illinois Chicago, works with Nicole Idowu, of the U.S. Soccer Federation, during a “sprinternship,” designed to help more women launch careers in tech. (Jim Young/UIC Engineering)

Can microinternships help more women break into tech?

Women students studying computer science weren’t getting hired for the critical summer internships that lead to jobs—so an enterprising organization decided to redesign the entryway.