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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

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

Homestay Hosts Housing Guidelines and Homestay Information Form

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 Andrea Kubinski
    This page was last updated on 21 November 2014