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Externships: Information for Volunteers

Volunteer for Externships!

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Carleton’s Externship Program connects students with alumni or parent volunteers over winter break, spring break, or at the beginning or end of the summer for a short and highly active/engaged experience that usually includes a focus project, shadowing opportunities, and networking. Some externships include a homestay with the host.  Fill out the Host Enrollment Form here.

Timeline for Spring Break 2014 Externships

  • Through Dec. 31 – Identify externship hosts and sites, and gather descriptions to be posted for students
  • Jan. 3 (Fri.) – Post externships in the Tunnel and start promoting them to students
  • Jan. 29 (Wed. @ 5:00 pm) – Deadline for student applications to be submitted to the Tunnel
  • Jan. 31 (Fri.) – Applicant packets emailed to hosts for review & for selection of students for interviews.
  • Feb. 3 – 10 – Hosts conduct phone, Skype, or in-person interviews with students.
  • Feb. 11 (Tue.) – Hosts notify Brian/CAs about their selections.
  • Feb. 12 (Wed.) – Notifications sent by Brian to students selected/not selected
  • Mar. 18 (Tue.) – Mar. 28 (Fri.) – Spring Break. Time for externs to be on site at Host organizations (any dates within this timeframe).

Getting Started

Hosting the Externship

After the Externship

Hosts provide:

  • a 1-4 week career exploration experience that includes focused projects/presentations, attending meetings, and/or shadowing and meeting with other colleagues in other departments, etc.
  • can include home-stays with the externship host, but students can also find lodging elsewhere
  • long-term mentoring

Why It's Helpful:

  • in-depth industry/job knowledge
  • gain professional experience
  • direct feedback/coaching
  • high-level, relationship-centered, professional mentoring
  • opportunity to network 
    Career Center pages maintained by Sarah Rechtzigel
    This page was last updated on 14 April 2014