Grinnell's Apprenticeship Program adapts the traditional apprenticeship model to suit the unique characteristics of a liberal arts education and the realities of small town development through a unique, network-based approach. The program:
- pairs student apprentices with Grinnell township organizations where they work one-on-one with the executive management at one of several host organizations
- encompasses a range of work, from economic development to art education
Externships vary in length, but usually last three to five days. They generally involve shadowing a Grinnell alumnus professional through a normal day's activities and may include informational interviews, a tour of the facility, and participation in actual office projects. This program can help students explore their career options and talk with professionals in order to:  clarify their career exploration and interests,  connect their course work to outside the classroom and their future plans, and  connect with and learn from alumni externship mentors.