The externships match students with positions within their chosen careers at locations throughout the U.S. Available positions are the result of alumni and friends of SIU at participating companies. Some of the companies offering externships include Major League Soccer, Wal-Mart, Kemper CPA Group, Illinois State Museum, Boeing, Chrysler, PepsiCo, and many others.
The externship is unpaid but offers 3-6 hours of college course credit. Students eligible for the program include college sophomores, juniors and seniors with a grade point average of 3.2 overall and 3.4 in their major. Students must also have completed at least two social science classes that focus on children or families.
Externships can last from one day to one week. Eligible students will find externships available in numerous career fields and geographic locations around the world. The externships do no include pay or college credit. Students will be responsible for all expenses, including travel and housing.
The externship allows students to visit Cornell alumni in their work environments, and they can last anywhere from one day to one week. This allows students to observe a particular career field in order to better define their career choices. Sophomores, juniors and seniors from all undergraduate colleges may apply for an externship at Cornell.
Bucknell University's Career Development Center offers the two-day externships as a way for students to preview their careers early in college. This gives students more of an opportunity to define their career choices before declaring a major. The externships consist of placing students in hosting companies where they can shadow experienced professionals and gain a better understanding of what they do on a day-to-day basis.
Every year during MIT's Independent Activities Period in January, students may apply for an externship at an alumni's place of business. The externship may last anywhere from one to four weeks. Over 300 undergraduate and graduate students participate in externships every year. The externships can take place at companies, start-ups, labs, and universities across the U.S. and international locations.
The externship program is generally a one-day experience but could be longer. Students may choose a company and apply for an externship through the college's Career Center. Once the organization and the student have been matched, students may contact the employer for more details on the position.
Freshman and sophomores at the University of California may apply for externships. Most of the externships are in northern and southern California. There are also some located in New York, Washington D.C. and overseas. They take place during the winter break. Students may apply for up to three externships. If chosen, they must commit to fulfilling the schedule, which generally lasts two weeks.
The externships are unpaid and give students a chance to clarify their career goals, work with professionals in their field, ask questions and learn more about their profession. Students have a choice of working during the summer at a workplace close to their home, during school breaks, during the summer or during semesters at school.