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 was a Humboldt initiative from the outset of COVID through Spring 2022 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 was 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.