Bucknell University's Career Development Center (CDC) officially launched the Externship Program in 2006. A Bucknell externship consists of a short-term shadowing experience (usually 2 days) with a host. Externship hosts are Bucknell alumni, parents or employers/friends of the University who are willing to bring students into their workplaces to observe and gain a better understanding of both what they do on a daily basis and the culture in which they work. The Program provides interested sophomores with unpaid, non-credit, short-term shadowing experiences in a wide variety of career and industry areas throughout the country over winter break.
The primary goal is to provide exposure to industries and the world of work to sophomore students early in their undergraduate experience. The program addresses the needs of sophomore students during a crucial time in their academic and career decision making process. It provides an experience that allows students to think about their studies in a broader sense of how their academics will relate to the larger world of work and a specific industry. The experience provides participating students with insight into major declaration and future course selection.
Students benefit from an early exposure to career and industry paths, allowing for future major, course and internship selection to be better informed. In addition, externships help students prepare for networking with professionals, alumni, parents and other individuals.
Hosts benefit from becoming more involved with the larger Bucknell community in the volunteer and career networking realms. In addition, the program can assist with early identification of future student employees and/or interns.