November 26–December 21, 2018

Dartmouth Alumni Relations and the Center for Professional Development invite alumni and parents to host a Dartmouth student for a job shadow, short-term project, or career day during the College's winter break. The externship program is great opportunity to introduce a student from your area to your field of work, help guide and better inform their career interests, and potentially help them build a new skill set or competency. At the same time, you’ll be introduced to potential interns or employees and have the chance to connect with a current Dartmouth student. You might even find that they provide that extra set of hands you needed for a key project!

Dartmouth Externship Program Options

Job Shadow

Host a student(s) for one or more days to provide a glimpse of what day-to-day life of your profession is like. The primary goals of a job shadow are to provide a realistic perspective of the type of work you do, to give the student a better feel of your organization's culture, and to help them explore career fit and interests.

View our guide to creating a job shadow description for more details. Please note that a job shadow is exclusively a learning experience and thus an unpaid opportunity.

Paid Short-Term Project

 Host a student for a one- to four-week paid project that will enhance or build a new skill set or competency (i.e. develop a PowerPoint slide deck, conduct marketing research, develop or work on an Excel spreadsheet).

View our guide to creating a short-term project description for more details. A small stipend or a minimum of $10-12/hour of work is recommended.

Career Day

Host students for a program to learn more about your organization and the career opportunities it offers. A career day could include a panel, tour, small group discussions, and presentations on organizational structure and culture, positions and career paths, and key issues/trends in the field.

Externship Program Process for Hosts

September 4–October 10

Alumni and parents submit externship descriptions to the Center for Professional Development.

October 16–December 4

Students view externship opportunities and reach out directly to hosts. The Center for Professional Development will proactively market this opportunity to the student body with a goal of many hosts being connected with a student. However, in signing up as a host we ask that you recognize that we cannot guarantee that you will be connected with a student.

Once a student connects with you, it is your responsibility to correspond with each student, assess the student’s suitability for the externship, and to mutually make arrangements.

Please note that you will be able to specify in your externship posting how many students you can host and how many can reach out to you.

Host Responsibilities

When making final arrangements, you agree to follow your organization’s protocols and to provide a safe environment for the student.

Once you have finalized arrangements with a student(s), please email Leslie Blakney with the name of the student you are hosting. We will then deactivate the externship posting.

Questions about the program? Contact Walter Palmer '90.