Externship Program

The Grinnell College Externship Program is designed for students interested in a career exploration experience with a Grinnell alumnus. Students live and work alongside alumni for approximately three to five days to learn about the host’s day-to-day work life; this will allow students to evaluate how their personal values, interests, and expertise may form a future life and career.

What does an alumni host do?

  • Host a current Grinnell student for approximately three to five days in a job shadow and/or homestay over the College’s spring break.  
  • As appropriate, allow student to observe you and colleagues in meetings, projects, and other job related activities.
  • Help the student to understand how you approach work/life balance, or whatever surrounding philosophy for life you hold, and how that is affected by your career and industry.
  • Prompt student to reflect on their strengths, values, skillsets, and how those affect their vision for their future life and career.

How to Sign Up to Participate

  • Registration to host a Grinnell College student extern during Spring Break 2019 will open on September 25, 2018.
  • Interested hosts will be asked to complete the online registration form.  
  • Once the registration form has been completed, a College staff member will contact you with final confirmation of your involvement and a reminder of important dates.
  • Registration closes on October 25, 2018.
  • Spring Break is March 15 - April 1, 2018.

Looking for more information?

Check out our list of frequently asked questions.

If you have any questions about the Externship program, please contact Brooke Vonderheide, assistant director of donor and alumni relations for career programs, at vonderhe@grinnell.edu& or at 1-641-269-3196.