Externship/Leadership Programs

Externship/Leadership programs typically include a 3-5 day on-site experience that provides exposure to professional skill-building, opportunities to network and an overview of 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 externship/leadership programs are targeted for freshmen and sophomores, however, some are open to all students/

What is included?

Usually externship/leadership programs offer an employer overview, a tour of the office, team-building activities, on professional development workshops, case studies, and an opportunity to interact and network with professionals.

When are they held?

Most programs are held June-August.

Where are they held?

Programs are usually held at the employer’s office location. Travel and expenses are often covered by the employer.

What are the benefits?

Employers seeking top talent are targeting students earlier in their college careers. By participating in externship/leadership programs as a freshmen or sophomores, 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.   

How can I apply?

Many employers will have their programs listed in Handshake. Students can find externship/leadership programs in Handshake by filtering Jobs and Interrnships section. The application period is typically January-March. Other employers will have candidates apply through their company website.