Summer Analyst - Need URGENT Advice

In a situation where this week, when I am supposed to fly out to my SA internship, HR hits me with a bomb. Despite having a documented medical exemption (I have some medical conditions), I am not being allowed in the office as a result of not having vaccine and the possibility of remote work is being discussed internally. Assuming they even allow me to keep this internship (which I worked so very hard to obtain as a non-target), how can I best position myself to avoid being at a disadvantage for not being in the office? I know the head of the team who has almost whole discretion over who gets hired and had my final interview during the SD with him. My plan was to maybe email him and inform him of the situation. A bit worried, so any advice would be extremely helpful. 

Comments (16)

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jun 8, 2022 - 10:28pm

Cringe as fuck response. If I had to guess, he likely has a pre-existing heart condition and doesn't want to kill himself with the covid "vax"

  • Associate 3 in HF - Other
Jun 8, 2022 - 2:35pm

Two ways to look at it.

If you don't qualify as a person with a disability it may be unlikely you qualify for any exemptions despite your condition.
If you do qualify as a person with a disability then you'll want to ask for remote work as a reasonable accommodation for your condition.

Either way don't be surprised if you need to recruit elsewhere since covid could be around for a long time.

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Jun 8, 2022 - 3:34pm

Happened to my friend last year, my advice is to just get a Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Medical exemptions are usually super extra cautious and you'll be fine like she was. Obv not a doctor so depends on how serious your condition is

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Jun 8, 2022 - 8:24pm
streetghost, what's your opinion? Comment below:

What medical conditions 🤨

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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jun 10, 2022 - 11:53am

Still not taking the vaxx poison, sorry

  • Associate 2 in IB - Gen
Jun 8, 2022 - 10:43pm

Hey - I understand your situation and feel for you. I'm a junior banker and am also one of the only people in my group still working fully remote because of not receiving the COVID shot. My advice for you would be to be upfront about it, but just work extra hard if you are given the option to work virtually. Just overcommunicate, show a lot of enthusiasm, and work extra hard to create good work product. Unfortunately, you might find yourself having to work harder to get that return offer than the other interns given others are in office, as I feel that way sometimes. If you can, try to get coffee with the bankers as much as you can (without being annoying) and go to the happy hours, dinners, etc. so that you can show as much face as possible. Good luck! Hopefully you can work remotely this summer.

Jun 9, 2022 - 9:26am
TimesNewMoney, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Are you sure HR and your group head fully understands the situation??? If they do you'll be 100% fine. Banks are massively cautious about getting sued these days and it sounds like they're effectively discriminating against you due to a medical condition. Maybe try framing it to your group head or HR in terms of "I hope my medical condition doesn't get in the way of the experience" to kind of hammer that concept into their head that they can't just fuck you because of a medical condition.   

Jun 9, 2022 - 9:53am
Hazelmom, what's your opinion? Comment below:

There are exceedingly few actual medical reasons that would prevent covid vaccination, but a fair number of doctors who are willing to write medical exemption letters for all sorts of reasons. If you are in the former group it is easy to document and the firm's reaction is not really relevant,  as you have no option to vaccinate. In that case, wfh indefinitely is the accomodation, which may or may not be possible given the nature of the job. Accomodations need to be reasonable, not whatever you want. 

  • Associate 1 in CorpDev
Jun 9, 2022 - 10:27am

Let's go through the scenarios on how this could play out. A) You do well and you receive a return offer. You have a legit medical exemption and people are sensitive to it. B) You don't receive a return offer and your remote status could have had an impact and you never get vaccinated even afterwards. You still have a very solid internship experience. There are banks who are not requiring vaccination and you could recruit for them. A lot of companies are just following state and local guidelines, which for the most part dictate you don't need to vaccinated for indoor gatherings.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jun 11, 2022 - 12:25am

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