Career Services: Externship Program Overview
An Externship or job shadow experience is a one day opportunity for students to gain an understanding of a business, industry, and job. Students have an opportunity to explore careers and gain insight into a specific career or industry of interest by shadowing a career volunteer in the workplace. Externships are short-term opportunities with long-term benefits.
An Externship provides an opportunity to:
- Experience the workplace
- Explore careers and industries
- Learn about professional’s career paths
- Learn how you can apply your major in the workplace after graduation
- Determine if positions and organizations are the right fit
- Create connections and build your professional network
- Obtain limited hands-on experience
Externship Student Application Procedures
All sophomore engineering students interested in participating in the Externship program must complete the Externship application form and s ubmit their resume and a 500 word essay answering the following questions:
- Why are you interested in doing an Externship?
- What do you hope to gain from the experience?
- How do you plan to prepare for and make the most of your Externship?
- What questions might you ask your host?
- What activities would be of benefit to you during the externship (company tour, meeting with HR, meeting other engineers, etc.)?
There are two steps to the application. 1. Complete the Externship Application 2. Submit your essay and resume via email to Career Services at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Externship Application” by Monday, December 15, 2014. Both steps must be completed in order to have a complete application. Your resume will be forwarded to your host if you are matched. In some cases, an interview will be necessary during the matching process. Career Services will contact you for an interview if necessary. Please note that applying for the Externship means that you are making a commitment to this experience. Once you receive a match, your participation is mandatory. You will be required to attend one of the orientation sessions the week of February 23-February 27 or the week of March 2-6.
Externship Program FAQs
An externship is a job shadow experience that is designed to
explore a career field. Students do not receive academic credit or pay for
externships. Internships are longer term (a semester or summer), may involve
pay and academic credit, and support an organization’s work function. The
Externship Program is not for academic credit and students are not compensated,
however the experience is beneficial to students and hosts.
The hosts are professionals in the community who have volunteered to host a job shadow. In many cases, they are alumni and friends of the University of Portland.
are primarily available in the Portland metropolitan area. In some situations,
externships may be arranged in a student’s hometown.
Externs are matched by Career Services and the Shiley School of Engineering staff based on the student’s career interests and host availability.
- Review organization’s mission/vision statement and organizational charts
- Communicate with a variety of employees in different departments
- Learn about the career paths of many employees in the organization
- Attend meetings with employees and clients
- Visit different departments and learn how they work together
- Meet employees who recently graduated from college to hear their perspective
- Speak with HR representatives about recruiting and hiring practices
- Learn what skills, qualifications, and education are applicable to the host’s career
- Work on short-term projects (not filing or copying)
- Tour the workplace
- Listen to customer calls
a student is selected, he/she is expected to follow through with the
externship. Students must also be able to commit to the full length and date
indicated. If an emergency arises and you absolutely cannot participate in the
externship, please contact Career Services immediately.