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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 primarily over winter break (and sometimes during 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, but this is not required.

Carleton Parents who would like to offer an externship during December 2014 should complete a Parents Advisory Board (PAC) Externship Form. All others should contact Brian Murphy at bmurphy@carleton.edu.

Timeline for Winter Break 2014 Externships

  • Through Sep. 8 (Mon.) – Identify externship hosts and sites, and gather descriptions to be posted for students
  • By Sep. 10 (Wed.) – Post externships in the Tunnel and start promoting them to students
  • Oct. 5 (Sun. @ 5:00 pm) – Deadline for student applications to be submitted to the Tunnel
  • Oct. 6-7 (Mon. – Tue.) – Applicant packets emailed to hosts for review & for selection of students for interviews
  • Oct. 8 - 14 (Wed. – Tue.) – Hosts conduct phone, Skype, or in-person interviews with students
  • By Oct. 17 (Fri.) – Hosts notify Brian about their selections
  • By Oct. 17 (Fri.) – Notifications sent by Brian to students selected/not selected
  • Oct. 29 (Wed.) – On-campus orientation for all Winter Break externs
  • Dec. 1-31 – Time for externs to be on site at Host organizations (any mutually agreed upon dates during the month)

Getting Started

Hosting the Externship

After the Externship

Hosts provide:

  • a 1-4 week career exploration experience that includes shadowing and meeting with colleagues in other departments, attending meetings, networking, focused projects/presentations, etc.
  • can include home-stays with the externship host, but this is not required
  • short- or 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 28 July 2014