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Externships

Through Carleton’s Externship Program, students connect with alumni and parent volunteers whose jobs are similar to the students’ future career interests. The students spend 1-4 weeks with their hosts at their workplaces for a career exploration experience that usually includes networking, shadowing options, and a focus project. Externships may include a homestay with the host, but this is not required.

See a SNEAK-PREVIEW of the exciting externships for the 2014 Winter Break by clicking on this link. Many of these externship sites are new this year. There will be even more externships posted right up until September 8.

Externships vs. Internships: What's the Difference?

Internships Externships
Center on a first‐hand experience connecting career & academic interests Center on a first‐hand experience connecting career & academic interests
Involve learning goals and reflections Involve learning goals and reflections
Longer‐term (6–12 weeks) Shorter term (1-3 weeks)
Maximize participation with ongoing observation; enhance skills and abilities and discover new skills and abilities Maximize observation, with some opportunity for participation, usually in the form of a shorter‐term, focused project
May be paid or unpaid Unpaid
Require sustained length of time, often over summer Primarily completed: Winter Break
Provide close supervision with frequent formal interactions between supervisor and intern Provide close supervision with frequent formal interaction between supervisor and extern
  • Students

    Information for student participants in the Externship program
  • Volunteers

    Information for Volunteer Hosts in the Externship program
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This page was last updated on 24 February 2015