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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 1-3 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 housing with the host, but this is not required.

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 19 May 2015