In an Externship, students are paired with alumni volunteers whose jobs are similar to the students’ future career interests. The students work with their alumni hosts at their workplaces, allowing for quality observation time as well as hands-on experience. Externships may also include a home-stay with the host, but students can also find lodging elsewhere.
Externships vs. Internships: What's the Difference?
|Center on a first‐hand experience in a chosen field of interest||Center on a first‐hand experience in a chosen field of interest|
|Involve learning goals and reflections||Involve learning goals and reflections|
|Shorter‐term (1–4 weeks)||Longer‐term (8–12 weeks)|
|Maximize observation, some opportunity for participation usually in the form of a shorter‐term, focused project||Maximize participation, ongoing observation|
|Student is not paid||Some may be paid|
|Can be completed during 3 periods each year: Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer Break||Require sustained length of time, often over summer|
|Some may involve home‐stays||Do not involve home‐stays|