Externship/Leadership Programs

Many employers now offer opportunities for undergraduate students to explore careers and specific industries through Externship/Leadership Programs.  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 Externship/Leadership Programs are non-credit bearing.  

Who is eligible?

Typically leadership programs are targeted for freshmen and sophomores. Upperclassmen may be eligible for certain programs depending on the employer.

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What is included?

Usually Externship/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.

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When are they held?

Most programs are held June-August, though some may occur during Fall or Spring semesters.

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Where are they held?

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.

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What are the benefits?

Employers seeking top talent are targeting students earlier in their college careers.  By participating in a Externship/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.  These programs also allow students to reflect on potential opportunities and rule out employers and industries in which they may not want to work. 

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How can I apply?

Many employers who recruit on campus at Villanova will have their programs listed in Handshake. The application period is typically January-March. Other employers will have candidates apply through their company website.  Utilize the navigation bar on the left for program descriptions and deadlines

Additional questions about programs can be directed to the Clay Center.  The VSB Assistant Directors of Internships/CoOps will provide further guidance as necessary.

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