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.



Frequently Asked Questions

**The January 2017 Cal Externship Program Application Process is now closed**

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Externship Timeline (student)

Student Application Cycle

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New Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 11:59pm

Career Center Review/Matching Process for the Final Round
Externs are selected and notified. Priority to Freshman and Sophomores.
Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 Ongoing through Nov. 23, 2016
Externship Period Jan. 2, 2017 Jan. 13, 2017



Students are responsible for all expenses related to the externship, including travel, accommodations (if any), meals, etc.

Pell grant recipients and students with disabilities may be eligible for a travel stipend upon completion of the externship.

Stipend applications will be sent to all participants upon completion of their externship.

What Does an Externship Look Like?


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