Career & Professional Development

Explore Your Options with an Externship

Students can begin making progress towards career goals during their first two years in college. An externship is an excellent opportunity for sophomores and second-semester freshmen, 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 can complete a one or two credit externship experience with a classroom component and 20 on-site contact hours required for each credit (you may choose one or two credits). The classroom component of the externship, taught by a Career and Professional Development staff member, will incorporate decision-making strategies to help students narrow career choices. 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 Career and Professional Development 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.
  • 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 and Professional Development 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 and Professional Development



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