Cal Job Shadow Externship Program

The Career Center's Job Shadow Externship Program where new and underrepresented students at Cal explore their career direction by shadowing you at your workplace during Winter Break - January 2022. This year we are excited to announce that we will be hosting the Cal Job Shadow Externship Program on Berkeley Career Network! This program is in partnership with the Cal Alumni Association. 

Students: Find out more here

The program is an educational experience for students, during which students gain insightful experience in a professional environment, have the chance to explore a career area to which they might otherwise not have exposure, or build their professional network in their chosen career area.

The 2022 Winter Externship has concluded!

If you are interested in hosting a Cal Job Shadow Extern in 2023 - please fill out this form.

 For more information check out our FAQ's.

By hosting a Job Shadow Extern, you can

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

Who Should Participate?

  • Cal Alumni

How Do I Get Started? 

Watch this video to learn how you can get started to host an Extern.  

What is a Job Shadow Externship?

  • Job Shadow Externships are short work experiences that place during Winter Break 
  • Can last from one day to two weeks and be virtual or in-person
  • Students observe the day-to-day activities of the Extern Host and follow them on meetings, business activities, and other learning opportunities
  • Students may provide very limited assistance with projects or tasks to help acquaint them with the organization
  • Students do not receive academic credit or pay but are encouraged to network and build connections for future internships or jobs. 

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

Job Shadow Externship Timeline




Externship Opens to Students



Student Favoriting Period






Externship Period

~January 3rd

~January 14th


What Does a Job Shadow Externship Look Like?

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