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 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 2015 Externships
- Through Aug. 31 (Mon.) – Identify externship hosts and sites, and gather descriptions to be posted for students.
- By Sep. 4 (Fri.) – Externship descriptions posted in the Tunnel (Carleton's externship/internship database) and promotion to students begins.
- Oct. 8 (Thu.) – Deadline for student externship applications to be submitted to the Tunnel.
- Oct. 9 (Fri.) – Applicant packets emailed to hosts for review & for selection of students for interviews.
- Oct. 10-27 (Sat.-Tue.) – Hosts contact students and conduct phone, Skype, or in-person interviews. Hosts notify Brian as to which students they will NOT interview; Brian notifies students not selected for an interview.
- Oct. 30 (Fri.) – Absolute deadline for hosts to notify Brian about their selections.
- On or before Oct. 30 (Fri.) – Brian sends notifications to students selected/not selected.
- Week of Nov. 2-6 (Mon.-Fri.) – Orientation session for all Winter Break externs.
- Nov. 30-Dec. 18 – Time for externs to be on site at Host organizations.
- 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