What are the aims of the Washington College freshman and sophomore externship program?
Helps 1st and 2nd year students integrate curriculum development with career development information
Links and customizes the Washington College 1st year career awareness program to experiential learning opportunities
Creates first step in a 4 year plan for outside the classroom learning to include internships, international experiences, undergraduate research, and/or fellowships.
What opportunities does the Washington College externship program provide freshmen and sophomores?
Students can see a career opportunity “up close and personally”
Students have the chance to observe in industries, government agencies, and non profits before selecting their college majors and minors
Students are introduced to practical strategies for linking ideas and concepts from inside and outside the classroom
Students explore applications of career and professional skills in a workplace
Students begin the life long process of employment networking and career mentoring
Students use the externship opportunity as a building block for identifying other formalized, outside the classroom experiences that they choose to pursue in subsequent years.
When will externships be available?
All externships for the academic year 2012-2013 will be scheduled during Spring Break 2013 ( Monday, March 11 to Friday, March 15)
How long will the externship last?
Each externship will include at least one full business day on site at the host organization and perhaps another one to two days depending on the host site’s preference and availability
How is a successfully completed externship tracked/recorded by the college?
While externships are not academic credit bearing activities and therefore do not appear on academic transcripts, all completed externships are recorded by the registrar’s office and become part of the student’s four year experiential learning plan.
Students are also encouraged to include externships on their personal resumes
What is the difference between an internship and an externship?
Internships tend to be longer (usually weeks and months) than externships and require the student to work full-time or part-time on specific projects and/or tasks within the organization, sometimes for academic credit.
What is the difference between service learning and an externship?
In service learning, students volunteer their time usually over a long duration to accomplish a mission or task of the organization whereas an externship involves shadowing persons associated with the organization to gain a general perspective on the career field.
Are externships paid or unpaid?
Externships are unpaid. Students are responsible for transportation, housing, and meals.
In some instances, the host organization may provide a transportation subsidy or meal assistance during the day the student is at that site.
Is Washington College funding available for externships?
On a case by case basis, some assistance may be available to some students.
Who hosts externships?
Externship hosts are either Washington College alumni, parents,or associates/affiliates.
All potential hosts enter into an agreement with the college to offer 1,2 or 3 day externship experiences.
What locations are available for externships during spring 2013?
Baltimore, MD metro area
Philadelphia, PA metro area
Washington, DC metro area
What career fields for externships are available?
Foreign Relations/Foreign Policy
Law and Justice
Science and Technology
What types of activities could an extern expect to participate in?
Possible activities include: attending business meetings, observing organizational tasks; meeting officials and staff members; touring facilities; getting acquainted with the organization’s missions and goals; learning how professional or technical skills are applied in that specific workplace; meeting other industry or government partners; rotating through special units/divisions within the organization: seeing how research is conducted; observing client interactions or being assigned a small project to learn about the work environment and its culture.
Can a student participate in more than one externship?
Yes, interested students may participate both freshman and sophomore years at different host sites, but only one externship per spring break will be scheduled for each student.
Host Specific Information
Who at the college coordinates externships and who are the contacts?
The freshman and sophomore externship program is a collaborative program of the offices of the Assistant Dean for Academic Iniaitives, Alumni Relations, and the College’s Center for Career Development.
All general questions related to the externship program should be addressed to:
Assistant Dean Andrea G. Lange
300 Washington Avenue
Chestertown, MD 21620
or via E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 410-778-7776
Any alumni related questions should be addressed to:
Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giviing, Carolyn Fuss Thompson
300 Washington Avenue
Chestertown, MD 21620
or via E-mail at email@example.com or by phone: 410-778-7880
How are externs selected for this program?
Potential applicants are informed of the selection criteria, must complete an appplication form, submit a short essay explaining their interest in the externship program, and be interviewed by a panel of college administrators and faculty.
The college administration then assigns students to host organizations based on the priority selections that were indicated in their application form.
Are any financial costs incurred by host sites?
All externships are unpaid
Externs are responsible for transportation, meals, and lodging costs
What will an externship host organization be required to do to participate?
Interested hosts will sign an agreement with the college to accept a student or multiple students for either one, two or three days of an externship on site at a specified location
Participating hosts will provide the student and the Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives with a general schedule/agenda of the extern’s planned activities while he/she is on site
When participating hosts are contacted by the student about their match/placement with them, they will provide the student with information related to:
Best transit route to the externship location; parking options, etc.
Any security requirements for entering the externship facility
Either before or when the student arrives, provide them with any organizational confidentiality or security documents that would be required for them to sign
Starting times and dates for the externship
Other pertinent information relative to the organization that may be useful for the student to have on site.
What will an externship host do at the completion of an extern’s visit?
Attend and participate in a Career Center orientation workshop to be held several weeks before the student goes on site.
Contact the host organization to confirm the final details for their externship (i.e. start times and dates; directions to the host location; transportation options; security requirements to enter the facility; contact information for the host, and other pertinent information).
Notify the Assistant Dean of Academic Initiatives via email that this contact with the host has been made.
What will an accepted extern need to do during the externship?
Be prompt arriving at the host site.
Be prepared to sign confidentiality and or privacy documents if the organization requires these.
Participate in all the activities that are planned for that day.