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Externship Program for Sponsors

Special Invitation to Cal Alumni and Cal Parents

We invite you to participate in the Career Center's Externship Program where Cal freshmen and sophomores explore their career direction by shadowing you at your workplace.

By participating, you can

  • Assist a Cal student (primarily freshmen and sophomores) with their career development
  • Share your expertise and knowledge about work and careers
  • Form connections with the current Cal Community
  • Build relationships with Berkeley students who may someday be employees or colleagues
  • Increase brand recognition and a possible pipeline for future opportunities at your organization

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Some details about externships

  • Take place during Winter Break January 6-17, 2020
  • Can last from one day to two weeks
  • Students observe the day-to-day activities of the host sponsors
  • Sponsors discuss their career fields with the externs
  • Students may provide very limited assistance with projects or tasks to help acquaint them with the organization
  • Students are responsible for their own housing and travel arrangements
  • Students do not receive academic credit or pay

What Does an Externship Look Like?


More information

Externships By the Numbers

Over 4,250 ...students who have externed
94% ...students who found the externship experience to have a dynamic impact on their future career plans
69% ...externs received leads for internships or employment
94% ...sponsors who said they would be willing to host an extern again
2700+ ...participating sponsors who have made the Externship Program what it is today
21 ...years the Externship Program has been connecting Cal students and alumni


Stephanie C.Former Extern
Cal student Stephanie C. said her externship was "an inspiration for who you can become" after graduating from Berkeley.  

Cal Alumni Association, UC Berkeley