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Externships from the Inside

Externships allow you to explore a potential career field while you are still a student or shortly after you graduate. They are a great short-term option to learn more about jobs that interest you.

An externship is a short-term opportunity that allows you to shadow someone in a potential career field. The main difference between an internship and an externship is the duration. Externships typically only last a few days, giving you a chance to shadow someone in the field, as opposed to the hands-on experience offered through internships. Through an externship, you can: 

  • Experience a work environment, up close and personal.
  • See how your academic major can translate into the job field by discussing that field with an experienced professional.
  • Decide if the field or organization is the right choice for your interests, skills and preferences.

Most externships are unpaid and do not offer college credit for participating, but they can be an invaluable chance to learn, first-hand, what it might be like to be a history teacher, a lawyer, a nurse, a marketing professional or another profession that piques your interest.

Many educational institutions offer externship programs and can help you arrange opportunities in your local area. Speak to your academic advisor about your interests. Externships are an interesting, short-term, low-commitment way to explore your dreams.

For assistance finding an externship that fits your interests, contact a SECO career coach by calling Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or use the Live Chat feature on the MySECO website.

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