The deadline to submit all application materials for the Winter 2023 Extern Program is 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 25, 2023.
Spring Extern Week
March 4-8, 2024
The deadline to submit all application materials for the Spring 2023 Extern Program is 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 24, 2024.
The Extern Program is open to Ursinus College students of all class years and majors, at least 18 years or older.
Students need to old a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
Preference will be given to second, third and fourth year students.
Additional priority will be given to students who have not had an externship.
Some Workplace Sponsors may restrict their Externships to certain majors or years; this will be noted in the specific Externship description.
Please note. Submitting your application indicates that if you are matched to any of your externship choices you will participate in the externship assignment.
An externship is an opportunity to have your questions answered by someone with experience in a field you are considering as a possible career. In addition to helping you consider career choices, you will gain opportunities for networking and informational interviewing. Activities you may become involved with as an extern include:
Observe work being performed by the Sponsor or his/her co-workers
Speak with Sponsor about career field, career path, job responsibilities, experiences
Attend staff or committee meetings or presentations
Take a tour of the organization
Attend a training program designed for new employees
Complete or assist with a sampling of work assignment
Observe interactions with the organization’s clients
Develop relationships with professionals and build your professional network
Plan a meeting with the hiring staff to understand what they look for in college graduates
Connect with Ursinus College alumni who work at the organization
Meet young, recently hired staff to understand their experiences
Explore careers and work environments and test interests
Gain exposure to the expectations and culture of organizations, as well as workplace dynamics
Learn and practice appropriate business etiquette
Participate in informational interviews with staff members to understand the organization, industry and future trends, and career paths within this field.
Prior to completing the application
Before applying to the Extern Program students need to read all externship descriptions. To review all externship opportunities you will need to log in to your Handshake account and select Jobs. On the Job page select the “ All filters”, scroll down and under the Labeled by Your School option enter Winter 2024 externship or Spring 2024 externship. The filtered results will include the externship descriptions and the Extern Program application for your exploration.
When completing the application you will be asked to indicate your housing and transportation arrangements for each location. Please have all logistics figured out prior to committing to the choices on your application. Actual arrangements should not be made until your assignment has been confirmed.
Extern Program Made Easy Attendance at the Extern Program Made Easy workshop on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 for the winter extern program or Friday, January 19, 2023 for the Spring extern program will earn applicants a point on the rubric used for the application process.
Writing the Resume Appointments are available with a Career Advisor to have a resume critiqued. Please make an appointment online through your Handshake account.
Writing the Essay We recommended that you have a trusted friend, professor or the Writing Center review your essay responses.
- Why are you interested in doing an externship and what do you hope to gain from the experience?
- How do you plan to prepare for and make the most of your externship?
All students applying for the program MUST apply using this online procedure in Handshake. The application process has FOUR steps. All steps must be completed by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 for the winter program or 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 14, 2024 for the spring program. NO EXCEPTIONS. The details
View the COSA presentation by Kyle Schantz and Bailey Hann on their externship with Penn Cardiovascular Institute.