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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 Spring Break 2015 Externships

  • Through January 14 (Wed.) - Identify externship hosts and sites, and gather descriptions to be posted for students.
  • January 14 (Wed.) - Post externships in the Tunnel and start promoting them to students.
  • January 29 (Thu., @ 5:00 pm) - Deadline for student applications to be submitted to the Tunnel.
  • January 30 (Fri.) - Applicant packets emailed to hosts for review & for selection of students for interviews.
  • January 31 - February 11 (Fri. - Wed.) - Hosts conduct phone, Skype, or in-person interviews with students.
  • February 12 (Thu.) - Hosts notify Brian about their selections.
  • February 12 (Thu.) - Notifications sent by Brian to students selected/not selected.
  • March 17 (Tue.) - March 27 (Fri.) - Spring Break. Time for externs to be on site at Host organizations (any dates within this time frame).

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 18 December 2014