The Benefits of an Externship
Students can begin making progress towards career goals during their first two years in college. An externship is an excellent opportunity for second-semester freshmen and sophomores, especially undecided majors, to explore potential career fields. Much of the students’ experience is through observation and shadowing. Students are given a small amount of responsibility; however, high levels of supervision and assistance are available.
Students may choose to complete a one or two credit externship experience with a classroom component and 20 on-site contact hours required for each credit. The classroom component of the externship, taught by a Career & Internship Services staff member, will incorporate decision-making strategies to help students narrow choices within a particular career field. Students cannot take the externship course more than once.
Students interested in completing a summer externship from a location outside the Triad area may access the classroom component online.
Requirements for the Externship Course
- Students must complete an Application in order to be considered for the course: applications must be submitted to Eric Melniczek before enrollment in the course.
- Applicants must be full-time, degree-seeking HPU students in good disciplinary standing.
- Applicants must have earned a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (overall and in major, if a major has been declared).
- All students must have earned at least 16 credits and no more than 59 credits to be eligible to enroll.
- Externships are graded Pass/Fail by the instructor.
- Externship sites must meet established criteria. See list below.
- On-site visits will occur only if a problem or concern arises that cannot be resolved by telephone, email, or other means of long-distance communication.
Host Site Qualifications for Externships
To provide an effective, positive learning environment, host sites must meet the following minimum qualifications:
- Sites must have at least one full-time employee who can serve as a co-educator, mentoring the student and serving as a resource.
- Sites must agree to all Site Supervisor Responsibilities that apply under the For-Credit Internship Program, including:
- Sites must have a stated harassment policy.
- Sites must have liability insurance or offer worker’s compensation, depending on whether the position is paid or unpaid.
- The workplace cannot be located in a private home.
- Responsibilities must align with what can be expected of a second-semester Freshman or Sophomore student. Career & Internships staff will determine which experiences may qualify for credit.
- The site should be one with which the student has no prior experience. Thus, experiences on the HPU campus cannot be completed for academic credit.
- While part-time jobs are excellent opportunities to gain experience, they do not qualify as sites for an externship.
For more information about the externship program, contact:
Career Advisor, Career & Internship Services