What is an Externship?
An externship is a short, unpaid, and informal internship where students spend anywhere from a single day to a few weeks getting exposure to what its like to work at a company. The word externship is a hybrid of “experience” and “internship”.
Benefits of Externships
The purpose of an externship is to give students a special experience and exposure to a job, company, and industry. Since the opportunity is typically very short, students don’t have to perform heavy work, and thus are unpaid.
This type of setup can be mutually beneficial for students and employers.
Benefits to students:
- Quick exposure to see if they like a job, industry or company
- Small time commitment and minimal investment
- Ability to have multiple externships to compare companies
- Potential to get an internship or full-time job later on
- An experience they can include on their resume
Benefits to employers:
- Exposure to a wide range of potential hires in a short period of time
- No financial cost to the company
- Can be treated as an extended interview process
- Increases company awareness at a university
- A great community engagement exercise
Externship vs Internship
There are many similarities and differences between an externship vs internship. Below is a list of the key attributes to each type of opportunity.
- 10+ weeks long
- Paid an hourly wage or annual salary
- Enters into an employment agreement
- Has specific job responsibilities and duties
- Intern often completes projects and tasks independently
- Typically confined to one department
- May lead to a full-time opportunity in the future
- 1 day to a few weeks long
- No employment agreement
- No major projects or deliverables
- May job shadow 1 or more people
- The extern will watch what people at the company do
- Can be exposed to a wide range of people and departments
Below are some examples of extern jobs that companies have posted on their websites across different industries like accounting, finance, and technology consulting.
This program will allow students to apply their academic experience to real-life case studies and improve their and understanding of accounting and finance. The successful candidate will work closely with other externs and get exposure to executive leadership, all while learning more about the industry. Being part of the program can increase your chances of being hired when you graduate, as externs will be considered first for summer internships and full-time working opportunities.
RSM offers a Pathways Program which consists of an orientation, client exposure, and program events. Participants in this program learn about the firm and have a chance to meet staff and understand the details of the program. Next, participants get insight into the clients through job shadowing, presentations and client visits. There will be various events throughout the program giving students the opportunity to build relationships and learn about the firm’s culture. Events may include community projects, team building activities, and fun events.
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