Encova Insurance will move forward with its summer internship program in Columbus, Ohio, and Charleston, West Virginia. Twenty-two interns will join Encova; most start on May 11, 2020, with virtual training and onboarding.
Currently, about 90% of Encova’s associates are working from home. At least to begin their internship, the interns will also work from home. The company continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and will incorporate the interns into the return-to-work plan for their offices.
Natalie Payne, a talent acquisition specialist at Encova, explained that several interns were hired after their internship at another company was canceled. “We have heard from interns that they are very grateful to have the opportunity to keep their internships,” she said. “Many companies have canceled their programs.”
The interns represent 10 different departments, including Information Technology, Accounting, Safety and Loss, Underwriting and Analytics. They are primarily college juniors and seniors, with 13 different universities represented.
Encova still plans to offer the interns a volunteer opportunity to serve their local community. Different options are being considered to ensure safety, but in past years, interns have volunteered with organizations such as Ronald McDonald House and LifeCare Alliance.