An externship is a unique opportunity that allows Gettysburg students
to gain an insider's view into a career field, observe
on-the-job activities and participate in hands-on learning experiences
in the workplace. Shorter than an internship, an externship is an
intensive job shadowing experience typically lasting one week during the Summer break.
The majority of externship hosts are Gettysburg College alums or
parents of current students. Often times, externship hosts also
provide housing for their student externs.
Externship opportunities exist in all parts of the country, including
major cities such as New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and Los
Angeles, and represent a diverse and interesting array of careers and
industries including several Fortune 500 companies, one of the largest
charities in the U.S., a leading biotech firm and one of the nation's
top medical centers.
+Who is eligible?
Externships are open to all currently enrolled students, and
first-years and sophomores are particularly encouraged to participate.
You must be a current student at the time of the externship and be in
good standing with the College. Graduating seniors may apply for
opportunities offered prior to Commencement.
+How do I apply for an
Review the FAQ's on Applying (pdf) link to the right to review the 2-part application process and deadline. 1) Complete the online application via the "Externship Application" link to the right. 2) Sumbit a one page resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
**Parts 1 and 2 MUST be submitted by the deadline for full consideration. You can see a pdf of the application questions by visiting the Insight into the Application link below. Students will be notified in late March if they were "matched" with an externship experience.
+Does it cost anything
Students are responsible for covering all costs associated with the experience, including their meals. However, students selected for an externship who need financial assistance in order to participate can apply for Externship Funding Assistance towards transportation and/or overnight accommodations related to the experience. Funding Assistance applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and while we cannot guarantee funding, we make every effort to help as many students as possible.
+Are there any
Before the externship, students will be required to attend the sendoff meeting, complete online preparation modules, and meet with a member of the Center for Career Development staff to prepare for
their externship. During their externship, students will be required to write daily reflections
about their experience, as well as complete a creative assignment.
After their externship, students will fill out a post-externship
evaluation form and have a follow-up meeting with their assigned Career staff member.
Important things to consider BEFORE you apply. Additionally, see what questions you'll be asked on the online application so you can work on your answers offline, then just copy and paste into the application.