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Find an Externship
- Externship opportunities are available in many locations. However, most opportunities are in large cities, such as NYC, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland.
- The majority of externship opportunities are during Winter Break, so make sure you look for opportunities based on where you will be during that time or where you can afford to travel to on your own.
- If you want help finding an opportunity other than those listed in Handshake, please contact Career Exploration & Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All externship postings can be found on Handshake.
Applying for an Externship
- Follow the application instructions listed in each externship description. Please notice that some require supplemental application documents.
- Most applications are due by mid-November.
- If you are selected and accept the externship offer, you are required to attend the Preprogram training, to complete the externship, and to participate in the End-of-Program Reflection session.
- Help you choose your major(s) – Are you in the process of choosing a major, changing majors or considering a second major? Gaining first-hand exposure to potential career paths will give you insightful information to help as you determine how your skills, interests and values influence your major selection.
- Explore possible career paths – Are you still trying to decide on the path you want to take after graduation? Externships are very beneficial and an easy way to gain a better understanding of how your major(s) and other academic experiences relate to a career.
- Looks good on your resume – Are you looking for things to add to your resume? Along with internships and oncampus leadership positions, externships are great ways to show your interest in a particular career field.
- Network with fellow Denisonians and friends of the college – Do you want to know what alumni and other professionals have done with your major after graduation? The vast majority of externship hosts are either alumni or people affiliated with our university. Not only can they tell you about their career paths, but they can also provide ongoing mentorship and potentially connect you with internships and full-time job opportunities.
- Still get to enjoy your winter break – Do you want to relax during your break, but also feel like you should be somewhat productive? Externships are the perfect way to gain very beneficial experience, while only taking up one or two days.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between an internship and externship?
An externship is a short-term opportunity, which typically lasts one to two days while internships vary in length and last for longer periods of time. Unlike some internships, externships do not offer pay or academic credit.
Can I arrange an externship on my own with a Denison alum or friend?
Yes! If you find someone open to hosting an externship experience for you, please tell us about it and/or refer your host to Zach Pavol. If you have already completed an externship, please let our office know about it by completing a brief form.
Is housing/transportation provided?
No. It is important to consider geographic location. Most students choose externships close to their hometown or Denison’s campus. While most externships only last one day, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange housing and transportation and cover any related expenses.
What resources will I be provided to help prepare for the externship experience?
Prospective externs will have the opportunity to attend information sessions in September or October to learn more about the program and why/how you can participate. Selected externs will also be supported with…
- A pre-professional workshop prior to the externship consisting of how to make the most of the externship, setting goals for the externship period, etiquette in the office environment, what networking means and how to start approaching it.
- A contract that outlines the primary expectations of externs along with tips for making the most of your externship experience.
- A session at the completion of your externship to reflect on your experience and to help you think about and articulate next steps in your career development.
What might I do during the externship?
- Explore potential career paths within the organization and the profession
- Discuss current trends in the profession/industry
- Conduct informational interviews with alumni and other entry-level professionals
- Observe functions and duties of a particular career
- Meet with key players of the organization
- Attend company staff meetings and other functions
- Observe client interactions
- Tour the facilities
- Understand office policies and procedures
For more information about the Externship program, please contact Zach Pavol.