Student Resources During COVID-19
Resources | Internships | Mentors | Staying Active | Game Ideas
We hope you’re all doing well and staying healthy during these challenging times. All of us have had to find new ways of working, learning, and sharing space while sheltering in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Every day is bringing new challenges, but also opportunities to help others, learn new skills, and adapt to a more virtual life. We have compiled some resources below that we hope you find interesting and helpful!
Continue to build your network and participate in programming designed to help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset.
Apply to the Strakosch Venture Competition
Looking to bring your startup to the next level? Apply to the Strakosch Venture Competition, a university-wide competition designed to promote and support entrepreneurship at the undergraduate level at Boston College. Win up to $8,000 in funding and grow your network. Many participants have gone on to leverage their ideas and learning to launch and grow real businesses.
EXTENDED Application Deadline: 4/16 @11:59pm ET || Apply here
Join us on Thursday, April 16th at 7pm EDT to watch 11 of Boston College’s latest dorm room startups pitch on YouTube. These students have participated in the 9-week Start@Shea Accelerator and are excited to share the products and services they’ve been building. RSVP HERE
Zoom with an Entrepreneur
Engage in lively discussion with entrepreneurs, venture capitals, and industry leaders. Start@Shea hosts these conversations once or twice and sometimes three times per week. After RSVPing, you will be sent a Zoom link.
Upcoming Events (times in EDT):
- 4/17 @2pm: Niraj Shah (Co-Founder & CEO, Wayfair): RSVP HERE
- 4/22 @3pm: Johnny Ayers (Co-Founder & SVP, Socure): RSVP HERE
- Stay up to date by signing up for our newsletter here!
Our website features a page with COVID-19 resources that we are always updating.
Join our slack to engage in article discussions, discuss startup ideas, and share resources to support each other. Join here!
Women Innovators Network (WIN): Female Founders Series
WIN is hosting a series of individual Zoom Q&A sessions to hear from female founders. The women will be talking about their experiences starting a company, pursuing their passions, and overcoming unique challenges.
Boston College Career Resources
The faculty and staff at BC are committed to helping students navigate this uncertain time. The Career Center is hosting multiple workshops every week to support and inform students searching for a job, and students can also sign up for an appointment with a career coach.
Eagle Intern Fellowship
The Eagle Intern Fellowship provides financial support to Boston College undergraduates who obtain summer internships with organizations that are not able to provide a salary. Apply to secure a $3,500 stipend to support your summer experience. Apply here
Regular Deadline: April 14th|| Final Deadline: May 5th
Join the Eagle Exchange community to connect with alumni across a wide variety of industries. Alumni are willing to help with things like career advancement, leadership development, mock interviews, and resume/CV critiques.
Redefine Your Summer
Read this article for tips to help you make the most of your summer without an internship.
Internship and Job Opportunities
Resources are constantly emerging to help connect students with internship and job opportunities.
Add a profile to the student talent board, and they will share your profile with recruiters in their community from companies like Square, Slack, and Greylock Partners.
Y Combinator is one of the most notorious seed accelerator programs in the world. The program has helped launch over 2,000 companies including Stripe, Airbnb, Cruise Automation, DoorDash, Coinbase, Instacart, and Dropbox. YC startups have seen the impact of COVID-19 on internship programs and they are hoping to help out by providing employment options.
Covintern connects students with remote internships at top startups and companies.
Explore different internship and job opportunities.
Finding a Mentor
If you’re looking for guidance or inspiration, consider connecting with industry professionals and other students that can provide mentorship.
College students can fill out this form to be matched with tech professionals for 30-min virtual coffee chats. Talk about general career advice, resume feedback, mock interview questions, or anything else.
Platform that matches mentors and mentees in tech. Over 400 mentors are currently on the platform, and you can read through their profiles to find someone that’s a good fit. Join here
Staying Healthy & Active
Although gyms and studios are closed, there are many workouts that can be done from the comfort of your home. Here are some recommendations of resources to utilize during this time:
You don’t need to own a Peloton bike. This app also includes great strength, yoga, bootcamp, etc. classes (and no bike needed). The app is currently free for new users for 90 days.
Website featuring free fitness classes for all levels. Workouts can be sorted using filters like duration, intensity, and focus area.
Orangetheory coaches have been publishing daily workout videos that target various parts of the body and help build strength and endurance.
Short on time? Check out these quick workouts.
CorePower is offering free access to a variety of classes every week to help people continue their practice.
YouTube channel with free full-body workout classes.
Track your runs while also gaining access to curated jogging playlists and a social network.
Connect with Friends Remotely
Staying at home can feel lonely and isolating, so it’s important to stay in touch with family and friends. Here are some games that can be played with others remotely:
We’d also like to take a minute to thank all of the healthcare and essential workers who are sacrificing for the greater good, bravely fighting COVID-19 and saving lives. We’re all in this together so we continue to encourage everyone to keep social distancing and making the most of their quarantine.
Thanks for reading! We are Start@Shea, the student executive team of the Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship at Boston College.
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