An Externship is a short-term (usually 1-2 day) career shadowing experience hosted by a Bucknell alum, parent, employer, or friend of the University. The Externship Program gives students an opportunity to learn about a career area of their choice, during winter break, without the commitment of a full-time, summer-long internship, and with the guidance of a professional excited to be participating in the program.

Externships will take place sometime during winter break. You and the host determine the days that best fit your schedules, unless the host listed specific dates in the externship description. You are a guest of the host, and we ask that you accommodate their schedule as best as possible.

This program is voluntary, and students will not be paid nor receive academic credit. Students are responsible for all expenses associated with this experience, including housing, transportation, food, parking and other related costs. Once an externship has been arranged, it is expected that the student honors his/her commitment, in full. Failure to do so will result in the student’s inability to participate in additional CDC organized events the following semester, including the industry/career fairs and networking events held both on and off campus.

There is no guarantee students will be matched with an externship. In the case that a student is not matched to an externship, the student can reapply to open externships or work with the Manager of Externships on alternative solutions.

If you have a situation that does not allow you to participate in the program during winter break, please contact Emily Dietrich ( to plan alternate arrangements.

Externship Timeline

September - October

  • Attend a mandatory 30-minute Orientation Session. (See the CDC calendar for options.)
  • Complete a resume review at the CDC prior to application deadline.

By Oct. 26

  • APPLY by Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, 11:59 pm, via the Bridge.
  • You may apply to no more than five externship opportunities, submitting a resume and cover letter for each on the Bridge.
  • Sign the Participation Agreement through the survey section of the Bridge.

November - January

  • Notification of externship match in mid-November.
  • If matched, attend a prep session in late November and contact your Externship Host prior to the end of the fall semester.
  • Immediately after your externship, send a handwritten Thank You card(s) to your Externship Host(s) and their colleagues, and submit evaluations of the program and your externship experience.

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