What Is an Externship?
Posted July 20, 2011on:
An externship is an experimental learning opportunity that educational institutions offer to students looking to get short practical work experiences in their field of study. Externships are usually short in duration, and can often be completed while a student is enrolled in a program.
Externships are often referred to as “job shadowing,” in which externs are supervised by employees of a company or volunteers that supervise them through the organization’s daily routines. It’s a great experience because it allows externs to apply their knowledge, skills and coursework in a real-life job setting. Externs also have an opportunity to sample what a career might be like in real life.
An externship can provide the perfect work scenario where questions are welcomed—and answered. It can be a great experience that may give individuals an edge when it comes time to compete at various levels for industry job openings.