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Externship Experience

Externship Overview:

Externships are experiential learning opportunities offered to give students short-term practical experiences in their field of study. This short-term work immersion allows students to observe professionals on the job and gain a hands-on understanding of an industry or career track. Students engage with an employer-partner during interim periods over winter break or during spring break. The length of an externship ranges from one day of job-shadowing, to one to three weeks of deeper engagement.

While an externship is a short term opportunity, it allows for long-term benefits. Externships are designed to lead to meaningful networking with employers, which in turn, leads to internships, co-ops or employment. Externships are noncredit, and there is no fee for participating. They may be paid of unpaid.

Student Externship Timeline:

Student Externship Timeline:


  • Application’s open to sign up for the Spring Break Externship


  • Applications Due – February 10th (Mondau)
  • Notify applicants if they are selected to participate (by end of February)


  • Externship Orientation – March 6th at 5pm
  • Find out Externship placement
  • Sign participation agreement Participate in the Externship experience  - various dates throughout Spring Break (3/17-3/21)

 *Depending on the specific externship, externships can be for: 1-day, 5-days or 2-weeks.

Requirements for Participation:

  • Open to sophomores and juniors
  • Using Advantage, submit a resume and application describing your interest area(s). Participation is selective, and determined by quality of resume and career interests
  • If selected, students must participate in an orientation session
  • At conclusion, students are required to attend a post-externship meeting and complete a reflection/evaluation
Contact Information:

Students, if you have questions please contact Alexandra Finney at or 978-837-5132.

Employers, please direct your questions to Stephen Maser at or 978-837-5461.


How to Apply

Applications for the Externship Experience are due by Monday, February 10, 2014.