Photo: Yongjie Jason Gao ’20 with Extern Sponsor Jesse Ehrenfeld ’00
Figuring out what you are interested in takes time, planning and initiative, but you don’t need to do it all on your own.
The CCPA and the College offers many opportunities to explore careers: resources to read about careers that interest you, opportunities to watch and talk with people who work in those fields (through a job shadow, informational interview, or networking event), and connections and advice on getting an internship, volunteer experience, or a job.
What is the extern program?
- As an extern, you will have the opportunity to job shadow alumni/ae in their place of work.
- Externs observe and talk with sponsors and their colleagues.
- In most cases, you will participate in the normal routines of the sponsor, following your host throughout the workday, and in some instances, working on special projects.
- Most of the extern sponsors are alumni/ae; there are some parents and friends of the College who also serve as hosts.
The CCPA’s Extern Program is a beneficial experience that gives students a chance to explore different career options by gaining a firsthand glimpse into a field of interest. Selected applicants are matched with one of Haverford or Bryn Mawr alumni the students listed as preferences in their application. By job shadowing professionals in their workplace, you can begin to explore your interests and see what a typical day is like in a particular job. The advice and guidance you’ll receive from alumni in this shadowing experience will help you identify potential career options.
Apply for our Winter Break Extern Program! Applications are due Thursday, November 1. Learn how to apply here.