STUDENT EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Spring Break (March 20 – 24, 2017) 

Purpose

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.

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.

Program Criteria

  • Who is eligible to apply and participate in the program?
    • Fully matriculated undergraduate students with at least 30+ credit hours
    • December graduates/seniors who have not accepted a job and meet requirements by the deadline
    • Students away/abroad for a semester and will be available for the Extern visit dates and locations
    • Students that have an overall GPA of at least 2.75 or above
  • Requirements for participating in the program
    • Complete application (interest letter, resume, references) and interview process
    • Attend the SEP preparation workshop presented by Career Services
    • Contact the extern sponsor prior to the start of the externship to introduce yourself and finalize schedule
    • Complete the post-externship evaluation by published deadline
  • How to apply
    1. Applications can be submitted online beginning Monday, September 12, 2016 - Friday, January 20, 2017.
    2. Application Instructions
    3. Write a personal statement of interest outlining what your expectations are of the Student Externship Program and how participating will assist you in achieving your professional career goals
    4. Submit a current resume
    5. Provide names and contact information for 2 professional/academic reference (reference letters/form will be requested by Career Services)

 

Reminders:
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.