Virtual Placement Information

To adjust for no in-person placements, alternative assignments can integrate research around areas of interest to their former internship or professional goals. The following are a few alternatives:

Humboldt in the Time of Covid

  • A project to documenting experiences of the local community during COVID19


  • ConnectED is an Humboldt initiative in collaboration with the Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE) to support local educators through programming to virtually connect Humboldt and K-12 students. This effort is organized through the Center for Community Based Learning (CCBL), Youth Educational Services (Y.E.S.), Early Outreach Admissions and Humboldt academic departments.

Research, Needs Assessments, Lit Reviews:  

  • A research project related to issues relevant to the area of service and your previous community partner

  • Conduct informational interviews of a small number of professionals in your field of interest and write a summary paper (be mindful about availability in these times)

  • General Case Studies and/or Case Studies about the affect of COVID-19 on Community Partner Organizations 

  • Design a mock-continuity plan for a nonprofit or business of choice

  • Conduct a mock needs assessment or SWOT analysis for an nonprofit organzation, goverment office or business

  • Simple research paper requiring use of scholarly and public sources and integrating personal reflection (scale to fit the size of original project) 

  • ideaFest will likely be offering a virtual symposium, consider including it as part of your final project

Deep Reflection Activities:

Video Presentions:

  • Have students conduct research on organizations or issues in the community and create a video presentation of their research

  • Students can create a video journal of their time during the COVID-19 response and shelter-in-place

  • Students can create informative videos about resources for one another and post to a youtube channel

  • Reflection videos about the service students completed before the shelter-in-place orders

  • Students can create videos giving advice to future interns, majors, or Service Learning students

  • The Library offer a number of Online SkillShops related to making videos

Building Training Manuals for Future Students:

  • Students can help make orientation materials for future class iterations

  • Students can make guides for getting started with their original agency

  • Build internship/service manuals for future students 

Career Exploration and Professionalization:

Virtual Community Connections and Volunteering (sites may need approval for Humboldt course credit):

Shifting service to an online format with your community partners:

In some cases, some classes have been able to work with their community partners and shift their service projects to an entirely tele-commute, virtual environment.  Here are some ideas for those:

  • conducting project-based or indirect activities to meet community priorities and course requirements;

  • conducting background research or gathering best practices or other information requested the partner(s);

  • taping, recording, or streaming performances or workshops to benefit community partner(s);

  • creating digital and other social media content, print program materials, or other methods for information-sharing;

  • undertaking assessment, evaluation, or feedback via phone or web-based services;

  • offering (or compiling, researching, or brainstorming) strategies that provide indirect support from volunteers as a result of coronavirus;

  • conducting virtual or phone-based educational supports for youth and adults.

  • please check out this list of reflection and assignment ideas generated by Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Experiential Learning about integrating COVID-19 concerns in your service reflections.