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.


Externship Timeline (student)

Student Application Cycle Application Opens:
October 13, 2015
Deadline to Apply:
October 30, 2015 at Noon
Career Center Review/Matching Process November 2, 2015 Ongoing through
November 24, 2015 (First round completed November 6)
Externship Period Jan 4, 2016 Jan 15, 2016



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.