Externship Program for Students

Get an insider's view of a career field by shadowing Cal alumni in their workplaces during Winter Break!

As an extern you can:

  • Explore a career field
  • Experience the workplace up close and personal
  • Learn how to apply your academic major through discussions with a professional who has a similar background
  • Assess your "fit" for a particular position or organization
  • Make career connections and begin establishing your alumni network

Observe the day-to-day activities of your Cal alumni sponsor, discuss specific jobs and careers with alumni and their colleagues, and sometimes obtain limited hands-on experience.

Find out what it's like to be a public defender, TV producer, doctor, architect, engineer, teacher, CEO, social worker, writer, scientist, consultant, attorney, IT analyst, professor, youth center director, financial advisor, and more.

Externships are available in a wide variety of career fields in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, DC, and other domestic and international locations.

What Does an Externship Look Like?


Students are responsible for all expenses related to the externship, including travel, accommodations (if any), meals, etc. However, Pell grant recipients and students with disabilities may be eligible for a travel stipend upon completion of the externship; applications for these stipends will be sent to all participants at that time.

Frequently Asked Questions

January 2017 Externship Application Period

ATTN: The January 2017 Externship Program Application Process is now closed. 2018 program information will be available October 2017; please check back then.

Externship Timeline (student)


View this year's positions

Student Application Cycle Oct. 10, 2017 Oct. 27, 2017 @ 5 pm
Career Center Review/Matching Process 
Externs are selected and notified. Priority given to Freshman and Sophomores.
Monday, Oct. 30, 2017  Ongoing through Nov. 22, 2017; 1st round complete Nov. 3rd
Externship Period Jan. 2, 2018 Jan. 12, 2018


If you are a UC Berkeley alum and you'd like to participate in the Externship Program, see more information here.