When will we know the externship opportunities: The list of externship opportunities for spring break is released in January.
Who hosted last year?: Previous Externship Hosts *Externships change every year. Some of these may be the same this year, but that is not guaranteed.
Do I have to have a certain GPA to apply?: Externship program requires a minimum 2.5 GPA. Students are required to be currently enrolled as a full-time student, pre-registered for classes, in good academic standing, and enrolled in classes for the semester following their externship experience.
Is there funding for this program?: A small, limited amount of money is set aside for travel stipends for ONLY those in need.
Where will I stay during the externship?: Most of the externships include an optional homestay, usually at the alumna/us' home. However, if the homestay is available, students are not required to stay with the alumna/us. Should the alumna/us not offer a homestay component or if the student declines the available homestay, it is the student's responsibility to secure lodging for the duration of the externship.
How will I get to my externship site?: It is the responsibility of the student extern to secure transportation to and from the externship site.
How do I submit my externship application materials?: Students must submit all components of an externship application via the online application by the appropriate deadline. No separate components will be accepted at the CDO, such as the Recommendation forms. Recommenders need at least a two-week notice prior to the application deadline to complete the recommendation form. Please plan accordingly. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure their externship application is submitted in its entirety. Only complete applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee.
Can I apply for more than one externship?: Students apply and rank their up to three externships in which they are interested.
What is expected of me if accepted:
- Two pre-externship workshops held at the CDO (in late February/early March 2013)
- Three to five day home stay with the alumna/us
- One post-externship workshop held at the CDO (early April 2013)
- During your externship experience you will also be expected to write in a daily blog with a minimum of 5 submissions onto your own blog and commenting on the blogs of your fellow externs
Do I have to set up the blog myself?: No, the CDO will set up the blog and you will learn more about how to use it, how to comment on others' blogs, and what to write during the pre-externship workshop.