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Externship Experience

Externship Overview:

Externships are experiential learning opportunities offered to give students short-term practical experiences in their field, or a related 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 week of deeper engagement in the workplace.

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.

Student Externship Timeline:

September:
• Application’s open to sign up for the Winter Break Externship

November:
• Applications Due – Monday, November 3rd
• Applicants will receive confirmation of their application and will be notified if they were selected to participate and if a match was found for them. (Students are encouraged to find their own matches if they have connections within their personal network)

December:
• Externship Orientation – Thursday, December 4th at 5pm
• Find out Externship placement and dates of participation
• Sign participation agreement (this will take place during orientation)

January:
• Participate in the Externship experience - date will vary depending on placement, but students will be at their externship between January 5th through 16th (2015)
• Application’s open to sign up for the Spring Break Externship

February:
• Applications Due – Monday, February 2nd
• Applicants will receive confirmation of their application and will be notified if they were selected to participate and if a match was found for them. (Students are encouraged to find their own matches if they have connections within their personal network)
• Externship Orientation – Thursday, February 26th at 5pm
• Find out Externship placement and dates of participation
• Sign participation agreement (this will take place during orientation)

March:
• Participate in the Externship experience - date will vary depending on placement, but students will be at their externship between March 9th through 13th (2015)

*Externships can be anywhere between 1 day to 5 days

Requirements for Participation:

• Open to all students, but most beneficial to Freshmen and Sophomores
• Using Advantage, submit a resume and application describing your interest area(s). Participation is selective, and determined by quality of resume and career interests/opportunities
• If selected, students must participate in an orientation session (Tentatively taking place on December 4th at 5pm)
• At conclusion, students are required to complete a reflection/evaluation

Contact Information:

Students, if you have questions please contact Sarah Mackler at macklers@merrimack.edu or 978-837-5589.

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

How to Apply

Applications for the Winter Externship Experience are due by Monday, November 3, 2014.
  • Students can fill out the Externship Application here (Coming soon!).
  • Contact Sarah Mackler at macklers@merrimack.edu or 978-837-5589 with any questions.