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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 for 1-3 weeks during the first 3 weeks of December each year for a short and highly active/engaged experience that usually includes a focus project, shadowing opportunities, and networking. Some externships include housing with the host, but this is not required.

Timeline for December 2016 Externships

  • May 2 (Mon.) through Aug. 31 (Wed.) – EXTERNSHIP RECRUITMENT PERIOD. Identify externship hosts and sites, and gather descriptions to be posted for students
  • By Sep. 2 (Fri.) – The Career Center posts externship descriptions in the Tunnel (Carleton's externship/internship database) and starts promoting the opportunities to students
  • Oct. 3 (Mon.) – Deadline for student externship applications to be submitted to the Tunnel.
  • Oct. 4 (Tue.) – Applicant packets emailed to hosts for review & selection. Hosts are encouraged to contact students and conduct phone, Skype, or in-person interviews, but this is not required.
  • Oct. 20 (Thu.) SELECTION Deadline FOR HOSTS – Hosts notify the Career Center of all applicants who would be acceptable externs. (Full instructions for this process will be sent to hosts along with the packets.) Ranking all acceptable applicants rather than just a top choice with 2 or 3 alternates will save a significant amount of time on the Career Center's end.
  • Oct. 21 (Fri.) – The Career Center sends out all of the offers to students at the same time and according to the host’s priorities.
  • Oct. 25 – Nov. 2 – Orientation sessions for all Winter Break externs
  • Nov. 28 (Mon.) – Dec. 16 (Fri.) – Time for externs to be on site at Host organizations

Hosting the Externship

Externship Housing Hosts: Guidelines and Information Form

After the Externship

Hosts provide:

  • a 1-3 week career exploration experience that includes shadowing and meeting with colleagues in other departments, attending meetings, networking, focused projects/presentations, etc.
  • can include housing 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 25 August 2016