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Owl Edge Externships

Winter Recess (January 3 – 6) and Spring Break (March 12-16)

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Rice is excited to offer the Owl Edge Externship, a one to five-day job shadowing experience that provides you with an opportunity to connect with Rice alumni and friends to explore career options and gain a realistic perspective of an industry.

Attend a 30-minute information session on October 7 or November 3 at 12:00pm at Huff House to learn more.

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Deadline to Apply for Winter Break (January 3-6) Externships: November 15
Deadline to Apply for Spring Break (March 12-16) Externships: February 6

**Please note that you are responsible for any travel expenses**

Activities might include: 

  • Tour of the facility
  • Informational interviews
  • Attend staff meetings or other company events
  • Observe client/customer interactions
  • Assist with a small project or general office tasks
  • Visit with HR Department and/or recruiters
  • Review marketing materials about the organization
  • Meet with Rice alumni who work at the organization

Process and Timeline:

     Winter Recess Session
January 3-6
Spring Break Session
March 12-16
Student application deadline November 15 February 6
Notify students who are selected   November 28 February 12
Deadline for student to contact host TBD TBD
Mandatory Program Orientation TBD TBD
Attend Externship January 3-6 March 12-16
Complete Program Evaluation January 10-13 March 21-24
 Send Thank You      January 10-13 March 21-24


What is the difference between an internship and externship?
An externship is a short-term job shadowing opportunity (typically one to five days), while internships vary in length and last for longer periods of time. Unlike most internships, externships do not offer pay or academic credit.

How long will my externship last?
The length of an externship is determined by the externship host, but will typically be one to three days.  

Is housing/transportation provided? 
No. You are responsible for any travel expenses. Please note that campus housing is not available during Winter Break.

How do I apply?
Apply for Owl Edge Externship in RICElink: Powered by Handshake. Click Jobs and Search "Owl Edge Externships" - you can refine your search by career cluster labels or location.

Contact ccd@rice.edu if you have questions about your application.

How will I prepare for my externship?
Students must participate in a program orientation once you've been matched to help you prepare.

Don’t see something you are interested in?  
Keep an open mind about opportunities and consider postings that might not be an exact match for what you’re looking for but might capture your interest. Still can’t find something? Contact an alum and create your own externship/job shadowing experience. The Sallyportal or the Owl Career Mentor Network on LinkedIn are great places to start.