Externship Program for Students
Get an insider's view of a career field by shadowing Cal alumni in their workplaces during Winter Break.
An externship is an opportunity to:
- 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.
**The January 2016 Cal Externship Program Application Process has CLOSED**
|Student Application Cycle||
First Round Application Process Begins October 11
Deadline to Apply:
Friday, October 28, 2016 at Noon
|Career Center Review/Matching Process for the Final Round
Externs are selected and notified. Priority to Freshman and Sophomores.
|October 31, 2016||Ongoing through
Novemeber 23, 2016 (First round complete November 4)
|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?