Strong business partnerships are vital to our success.
When we work together and help our students and graduates succeed, we help our communities succeed. If your business has opportunities for students to get on-the-job experience, contact Senior Officer, College Programs, Kya Dixon at 202-207-1815 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internships or Externships
Internships and externships are great opportunities for students and alumni to explore career interests, gain critical skills specific to professional disciplines and increase their marketability. Designed to be an integral part of students' academic programs, the internship program at most colleges and universities allows students to earn credit for learning gained in a work setting. Each school sets specific prerequisites for participation in internships.
- Range from 10 to 40 hours of work per week.
- One to five credits.
- Can be paid or unpaid.
Job shadowing is a career exploration activity that offers an opportunity for a student to spend time with a professional currently working in their career field of interest. Job shadowing offers a chance to see what it’s actually like working in a specific job. Not only do students get to observe the day-to-day activities of someone in the current workforce but they also have an opportunity to gain valuable inside knowledge about a profession that would be difficult to receive otherwise.
- Three to four hours in length.
- Scheduled during a time of the day that will provide the most useful insight into a professional’s job.
An informational interview is an informal conversation with someone working in a student’s area of interest who will give them the insight they need to choose or refine a career path, learn how to break into a field and give them key factors to success. Informational interviews are:
- Typically 30 minutes in length.
- Led by the student.
- Objective is not to find job openings but to expand a student’s network of professional contacts.
Professional mentoring gives students and alumni the opportunity to speak informally with a professional in their chosen field. A mentor can provide insights and lessons learned from personal career experiences, knowledge of trends and options within a job field or industry, assistance in implementing personal career plans, help with communication and networking techniques and access to a job-related network.