"From the outset, this has been one of the most informative and interesting trips I have ever taken in my life. It would be futile to try and capture each and every moment of the past three days, just because there have been a plethora of events that make the schedule so pleasantly busy that I am happy to report that as I write this, I have only glanced at my phone for the second time in five days."
Dream it. See it. Explore it.
The Center for Careers, Life, and Service's Externship Program is an opportunity for you to be paired with a Grinnell alum for a short-term job shadow and homestay during spring break. The Externship Program is designed to help you:
- Clarify your strengths, interests, and values
- Connect academic coursework to future plans
- Develop a wider professional network
- Explore career paths
- Reflect on intersections of work, life, and civic engagement
Externships generally involve shadowing a professional through a normal day’s activities, but can also include informational interviews, a tour of the facility, and participating in office projects. In comparison, internships take place over a longer time period, may involve pay and/or academic credit, and actively support an organization’s work function.
All students, regardless of citizenship or visa status, are welcome to apply. However, because of the exploratory nature of this program, first- and second-year student applicants are given priority. Funding is available to students with demonstrated financial need. Visit the CLS’s Career Exploration site on GrinnellShare (secure login required) to see the most recent host list, application instructions, and program deadlines.