An externship is a 3-5 day opportunity to shadow a professional in a career of your choice. It's a great way to learn how professionals in a particular career spend their time, what hours they work, what education is necessary to enter this field, and how they balance work and family. The program is for all students: first-years, sophomores, juniors, or seniors.
You can extern either during the winter break (in January) or during spring break (in March). Since Kenyon's spring break lasts for two weeks, you could potentially shadow someone during either week, depending upon his/her availability.
The person you "shadow" is called your Extern Host. Typically, Extern Hosts have been Kenyon alumni or parents of Kenyon students. However, some students have chosen to "self-generate" their Host. Thus, if you know someone (or even read about someone) who is in a career that interests you, let us know The CDO is happy to contact the person on your behalf to see if an externship can be arranged
Here are some examples of companies that have hosted externs in the past...
|ESPN||The New York Times||National Geographic|
|WGBH||JP Morgan Chase||UNICEF|
|All Creatures Animal Hospital||Rolling Stone Magazine||Christie's|
|US Library of Congress||Planned Parenthood||Smithsonian Institute|
|Cosmopolitan Magazine||Gund Partnership||Random House|
|Prep for Prep||General Electric||Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago|
For questions or comments about this program at any time, email our office.
"This experience was very useful because I had all these preconceived ideas of what a social worker does, and this week a lot of my preconceived ideas were either reaffirmed or shattered."
"I knew an art gallery sells and exhibits works, but I didn't know exactly how. I never knew all the jobs that were in a gallery."
"Doing this externship will hopefully not be the end of my questioning. Now I feel more confident talking to people about their careers and I intend to take a much more active role in seeking out a career I want."