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Externships

In an Externship, students are paired with alumni and parent 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?

Externships Internships
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
  • Students

    Information for student participants in the Externship program
  • Volunteers

    Information for Volunteer Hosts in the Externship program
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This page was last updated on 22 April 2014