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During their freshmen and sophomore years, Portfolio students will have increased opportunities to:
Students are placed with an established Portfolio employer partner working in a career related to their interests. Portfolio externships will normally last for one to two weeks, approximately 25 hours, and usually take place during the Winter Session, Spring Break, or May Term. Externships are coordinated jointly by the Portfolio Committee and the Center for Career Services, and students are screened prior to assignments. Portfolio Partners participate in assigning externs.
These Portfolio Explorations are designed to provide students with the opportunity to observe and/or participate in the day-to-day functions of a career related to their interests. During their externship experience, students may rotate among departments to gain an overview of the business or organization, assist in the implementation of a short-term project, perform general office duties, or 'shadow' one person to observe his or her activities as a professional. Activities may include, but are not limited to, observing job functions, touring the organization, informational interviewing of employees from various departments, attending meetings and other professional functions, assisting in implementing projects, conducting research, editing documents, and preparing reports or spreadsheets.
Portfolio students will participate in at least two externships, 'shadowing' experiences, service learning or research opportunities with faculty. Portfolio students and employer partners in many career fields participate. You may view our list of recent Portfolio externships, or a list of current Portfolio Employer Partners.
Externships, 'Shadowing' experiences, externships, study abroad, and internships are ways to extend your classroom and learning opportunities. They allow Portfolio students to:
Portfolio Partners have the chance to help students with career choices, serve as mentors, and possibly pre-screen future interns and/or employees.
Portfolio students participate in an externship during both their freshmen and sophomore years, and in an internship or study-abroad experience during their junior or senior years. Each externship represents a different career interest. The two experiences are designed to help students make informed decisions about career choices and plan their college academic experience accordingly.
As a participant in the Portfolio Explorations program, the student will:
During the externship, the employer will:
Note: No remuneration is expected of the employer. The extern is responsible for all expenses incurred.