Through Carleton’s Externship Program, students connect with alumni and parent volunteers whose jobs are similar to the students’ future career interests. The students spend 1-4 weeks with their hosts at their workplaces for a career exploration experience that usually includes networking, shadowing options, and a focus project. Externships may include a homestay with the host, but this is not required.
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|