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Dartmouth Externship Program for Professional Exploration

November 27, 2017 to December 22, 2017


The Center for Professional Development and Office of Alumni Relations invite you to host a Dartmouth student this winter break for an externship program:  job shadow, short-term project and/or a career day. This is a great opportunity to introduce a student from your area to your field of work, help guide and better inform their career interests, and potentially help them build a new skill set or competency.  These experiences introduce alumni to potential future interns or employees, perhaps provides that extra set of hands to a key project, and helps reconnect alumni with Dartmouth and her current generation of students.

Dartmouth Externship Program for Career Exploration Descriptions:

  • Job Shadow – Host a student(s) for one or multiple days to provide a glimpse of what the day in the life of your profession is like. The primary goals of a job shadow are to provide a realistic perspective of the type of work you do, to give the student a better feel of your organization's culture, and to help them explore career fit and interests.  Click here to view a template for a job shadow description and suggestions on how to prepare for a job shadow. **Please note: a job shadow is exclusively a learning experience and thus is an unpaid opportunity.
  • Paid Short-Term Project – Host a student for a one to four week paid project that will enhance or build a new skill set or competency (i.e. develop a PowerPoint slide deck, conduct marketing research, develop or work on an excel spreadsheet). Click here to view a template for a short-term project description. A small stipend or a minimum of $10-12/hour of work is recommended.
  • Career Day – Host students for a program to learn more about your organization and career opportunities within. A career day could include a panel, tour, small group discussions, organization presentation that highlights organizational structure and culture, positions and career paths, and/or key issues/trends in the field.

Dartmouth Externship Program Host Process and Responsibilities:

  1. The deadline to sign up as a Dartmouth Externship Program host is Wednesday, October 11th.  Students will be contacting hosts and arranging externship opportunities from Monday, October 16th through Monday, December 4th.
  2. The Center for Professional Development will proactively market this opportunity to the student body with a goal of many hosts being connected with a student. However, in signing up as a host we ask that you recognize that we cannot guarantee that you will be connected with a student.
  3. Once a student connects with you, it is your responsibility to correspond with each student, assess the student’s eligibility (suitability) and to mutually make the arrangements for an externship project.**Please note: you will specify in your profile how many students you can host and how many can email you to request hosting them.
  4. When making final arrangements, you agree to follow your organization’s protocols and to provide a safe environment for the student.
  5. Once you have finalized arrangements with a student(s), please email Leslie Blakney ( with the name of the student you are hosting.  This will allow us to deactivate your Dartboard profile.
  6. Tell us about your successes and suggestions for future Break Opportunities by completing a survey we’ll send during the week of January 8, 2018.

Registration is now open for the Dartmouth Externship Program, click here.