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 2020 is now open.
  • Please complete 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 24, 2019.
  • Spring Break is March 14 - March 29, 2019.

Looking for more information?

Check out our list of frequently asked questions.

If you have any questions about the Externship program, please contact Ashley Renstrom-Schaefer, associate director of donor and alumni relations, at schaefer@grinnell.edu or at 641-269-9317.