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 housing with the host, but this is not required.
Externships vs. Internships: What's the Difference?
|Center on a first‐hand experience connecting career & academic interests||Center on a first‐hand experience connecting career & academic interests|
|Involve learning goals and reflections||Involve learning goals and reflections|
|Longer‐term (6–12 weeks)||Shorter term (1-3 weeks)|
|Maximize participation with ongoing observation; enhance skills and abilities and discover new skills and abilities||Maximize observation, with some opportunity for participation, usually in the form of a shorter‐term, focused project|
|May be paid or unpaid||Unpaid|
|Require sustained length of time, often over summer||Primarily completed: Winter Break|
|Provide close supervision with frequent formal interactions between supervisor and intern||Provide close supervision with frequent formal interaction between supervisor and extern|