Externships Give Students Insight to the Work World

The Ursinus Career and Professional Development Office marked the successful inaugural Externship Program for 17 Ursinus students who applied for entry into the program in the fall. The program includes a job-shadowing experience designed to help students gain insights into the realities of the workplace. During the last week of winter break, externship students follow an extern sponsor, typically an alumnus, parent or friend of Ursinus College, throughout a traditional workday.

“All of us in Career and Professional Development are thrilled with the success of our first Extern Program week,” said Michele Poruban, Assistant Director, Career and Professional Development. Poruban and Sharon Hansen, Associate Director for Employer Relations, created and developed the program.

“During their winter break a diverse group of students were paired with Ursinus alumni to job-shadow for three to five days,” said Poruban. “Without the incredible response we received from alumni who were willing to share their career experiences with students, this program would not exist. We look forward to the growth of the program as more alumni and friends of the college support students as extern sponsors.”

The Extern Program is open to Ursinus College students of all class years and majors, at least 18 years or older. Preference is given to second, third and fourth year students. Some workplace sponsors may restrict their Externships to certain majors or years. The College Career and Professional Development Office offer programs, resources, and services designed to help at all stages of the decision-making and career planning process.

Companies hosting externships include: Alteva, AREUFIT Health Services, De Lage Landen, Delaware county district Attorney’s Office, global interdependence Center, Janssen Global Services, My Way, Moody’s Analytics, National Museum of Jewish History, O’Brien and Gere, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Research Partnership, SEI Investments, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, and West Pharmaceutical Services.

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