Below you will find information on all aspects of the Business Externship Program. Click on the link that relates to your needs or scroll through the information to learn about the program in depth. Should you be eligible, we hope you consider applying for the program, as it is a great way to kick start your professional career!
To apply for the Business Externship Program, a student must:
- Intend to select a specific business major and have registered as pre-business administration with the Haworth College of Business
- Have pre-business status regardless of class standing
- Attend and participate in professional development workshops (pre- and post-externship)
- Demonstrate a high level of professionalism and commitment to the program
Benefits of being an extern
- Observe and become familiar with daily routines and operations of a specific job
- Gain an understanding of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to be successful in a career
- Develop business communication skills by interacting with and interviewing professionals
- Gather information related to a career to eliminate or select an academic major
- Participate in a unique program that gives you a competitive advantage when searching for an internship or job
- Develop a mentor-mentee relationship with a professional in a field of interest to you
Each externship will be different, but some of the possible activities include:
- Observation of day-to-day activities
- Informational interviews with your professional mentor and/or other staff members
- Attendance at business meetings or lunches
- Limited assistance with day-to-day responsibilities
- Short-term project, depending on the length of the opportunity
Length of externships
|Friday, Feb. 7||Go Live Day! Externship opportunities available for viewing|
|Tuesday, Feb. 11||Business Externship Program Showecase|
|Wednesday, Feb. 26||Student applications due by 5 p.m.|
|Feb. 27 to March 21||Matching process occurs|
|Monday, March 24||Match Day! Students are notified of externship match(es)|
|March 24 to 28||Enrollment period. Students accept their match(es), select a professional workshop date and complete their profile|
|Monday, April 7||Employer notification day. Employers are notified of their match(es)|
|March 31 to April 11||Pre-externship professional development workshops occur for externs and resume critiques with your BEP peer mentor|
|April 7 to 18||Externship site meetings — network with other externs going to the same company|
|Friday, April 18||Externship requirements due: 25 informational interview questions and company research worksheets|
|Wednesday, April 23||All externship date(s) must be scheduled|
|April 28 to May 16||3-week externship "Hot Spot"|
|September 2 to 19||Professional development workshops occur for externs|
|September or October||Celebration of the externship cycle occurs — employers and externs invited to a celebratory event on campus|
All externships opportunities will be released on Go Live Day! Students will have approximately two weeks to research the externships and submit an application. Opportunities can be explored in four ways:
- By downloading the PDF BEP catalog available in February each year. View our 2013 Externship Catalog
- By viewing a hard-copy of the BEP catalog, which is distributed through the college (the Career Center, the Advising Office or any academic department to look at a catalog)
- On BroncoJOBS - select the "One-Click Search" called Business Externships in February. A list of all the externship opportunities for the current year will populate and can be explored by clicking on the individual links.
- Students are encouraged to attend the BEP Showcase on Tuesday, Feb. 11 to learn specifics about externship opportunities.
*Note: the student application is closed for the 2013 cycle of the program. It will re-open in February 2014.
- Students will be notified via email of a decision on Match Day!
- Once notified of a match, students will have one week to accept the externship match and select the date for attending the first required professional development workshop. Students will need to deliver their enrollment form to The Career Center in person during this one-week period.
- When a student delivers their enrollment form, they will receive instruction to complete an online extern profile that will be provided to their mentor.
Professional development workshops
To participate in the Business Externship Program, students must attend and participate in two professional development Business Externship Program workshops in the Career Center.
Business Externship Program workshop No. 1: Prepare for your externship will provide students with all the necessary information needed to be successful at the externship site. Topics that will be covered will include:
- Informational interviewing
- Company research
- Business communication, business etiquette and corporate culture
- Requirements after your externship (evaluation, thank you note, etc.)
Additionally, students will receive and sign a series of documents, including:
- Learning contract
- Liability release and confidentiality agreement
Signatures on all documents are required to participate in the Business Externship Program.
Business Externship Program workshop No. 2: Conclude your externship will assist students with incorporating the externship into their career development and planning strategies. Topics that will be covered include:
- How to include your opportunity on your resume
- How to discuss your opportunity in an interview
- Feedback on overall program experience