STUDENT EXTERNSHP PROGRAM
Spring Break (March 20– 24, 2017)
UWG Career Services, in partnership with Alumni Relations, is excited to offer a unique
career development opportunity to our students. The Student Externship Program (SEP)
is a career-exploration program that allows students that are matched with UWG alumni
and other professionals during Spring Break that want to get an insider's view of
a chosen career field. This opportunity allows the extern to gain a better understanding
of what types of skills, knowledge, and capabilities they will need to acquire or
develop in order to be successful in a particular industry.
What is an Externship?
An externship is a short-term informational interview that provides an opportunity
to learn more about a career field. It is a voluntary experience in which you spend
time observing and working with a professional in an occupational area within your
field of interest. More lengthy than a job shadow but less intensive than an internship,
externships allow you to observe a professional's regular daily activities, experience
a typical week on the job, conduct informational interviews, tour the facility, and
potentially participate in office projects. Externships offer an excellent avenue
for sampling a field of interest and understanding the work environment. This can
aid you in refining career goals, gaining marketable experience, and developing professional
Our Program Goal
Unlike competitive application programs such as On-Campus Recruiting, we do not try to find the "best candidate" for an externship. Rather, the overall goal of the UWG Student Externship Program is to extend the opportunity for at least one externship to as many students as possible.
Students are selected for an externship by the SEP application committee, composed
of Alumni Relations, Career Services and academic department representatives. Decisions
are made on the basis of the quality of the student’s application, resume, interest
letters and interview. Students need not show expertise or experience in the field
of the externship for which they apply, but must demonstrate compelling interest and
curiosity in their application letters about their host’s field as a possible career
option. Interviews will be held on campus before final selection is made.
Host Application Information
Please upload a detailed externship description that details the range of experience
to which the Extern might be exposed within your organization. Items may include completing
a small project, shadowing various departments, conducting research, attending department
meetings or company events, etc.
Please use following SEP Sponsor Description template to attach to your application.
Criteria For Students
Externships are unpaid. Travel and/or housing expenses (if necessary) are neither reimbursed not subsidized and are at the expense of the student.
Externships are not for academic credit and are for the sole purpose of exploring
a chosen career and networking with professionals.
Representatives from University of West Georgia will schedule a time to speak with or visit your place of business to ensure that host site is appropriate and safe for our participating students. The workplace cannot be located in a private home.