Many employers now offer opportunities for undergraduate students to explore careers and specific industries through Leadership Programs/Externships. These programs typically include a 3-5 day on-site experience that provides exposure to professional skill-building, opportunities to network with company employees, and an overview of possible career paths within the company/industry. At the conclusion of the program, select students may be offered an internship for the following summer. All Leadership Programs/Externships are non-credit bearing.
Typically leadership programs are targeted for freshmen and sophomores. Upper classmen may be eligible for certain leadership programs depending on the employer.
Usually leadership programs offer an overview of the employer, a tour of the office, team-building activities, workshops on professional development, case studies, and an opportunity to interact and network with professionals at the employer site.
Most programs are held June-August, though some may occur during Fall or Spring semesters.
Programs are usually held at the sponsoring employer’s office location/headquarters. Travel and expenses are often covered by the employer, depending on the program.
Employers seeking top talent are targeting students earlier in their college careers. By participating in a leadership program as a freshmen or sophomore, students have an early advantage in observing an employer site, making employer connections, and potentially receiving an internship offer for the following summer. Leadership programs also allow students to reflect on potential opportunities and rule out employers and industries in which they may not want to work.
Many employers who recruit on campus at Villanova will have their programs listed in GoNOVAJobs. There is a “one-click search” to locate the leadership programs on GoNOVAJobs. The application period is typically January-March. Other employers will have candidates apply through their company website. Click here for a sample listing of leadership programs.
Additional questions about programs can be directed to the Clay Center. The VSB Assistant Directors of Internships/CoOps will provide further guidance as necessary.