Host an Externship
The Center for Career Development is excited to continue offering the Owl Edge Externship, a job-shadowing program over Winter Break and Spring Break.
The 2021 sessions will be virtual due to COVID-19. During the university's Winter Recess and Spring Break students will be matched to a host (you!) to learn more about a career path. We invite you to help Rice students gain a professional advantage - i.e. build their "Owl Edge" - by serving as a career mentor! This can be done through a 1:1 conversation, multiple conversations with various team members or even a small virtual group session. We know the value of hosting an on-site opportunity. However, we know that the key element of student exploration is the ability to connect with a host to help students explore career options and gain a realistic perspective of your job function, organization and industry - all of that can be effectively communicated in an online environment. Registration information below!
What Hosts are saying:
"I host students at my office because I believe alumni have a responsibility to help the next generation of Rice students succeed. Throughout my career, Rice alumni have always been there to mentor and encourage me in my professional journey...Rice students actually renew my spirit with their enthusiasm and curiosity."
“I really enjoyed hosting my OwlEdge extern. What a great way to help the next generation of owls prepare for the future!”
"I wish I had opportunities like this externship when I was a student at Rice!”
“I love the program. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves to mentor youths and get in touch with what students are facing today.”
Dates and Deadlines
Winter Break Session: 1/4/21-1/8/21
Deadline to Register: 10/14/20
Spring Break Session*: 3/15/21-3/19/21
Deadline to Register: 1/8/21
*There may be a possibility of on site externships for the Spring Break session, but a decision won't be determined until early 2021. Virtual only at this time.
Registration is now open for the 2021 virtual Owl Edge Externship sessions.
Click this link to register today!
If you have questions about registration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Structuring your Externship
Virtual externship activities and schedules are completely at your discretion. Anything that gives students a tangible, realistic idea of a day in the life in your career field is helpful. If you would like a sample template, please contact Michelle Passo, email@example.com.
Suggested Activities (if available virtually)
Tour of the facility
Sharing your career path
Informational interviews with your colleagues to provide a broader perspective
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
Meet with colleagues in various departments of interest to the student
- Why should I host?
By sharing your industry knowledge and career trajectory, you enable students to explore career options prior to graduation - ideally, early in their undergraduate experience. Hosts benefit by remaining engaged in the Rice community and by serving as a mentor and/or resource for students.
At times, externships have served as a platform for early talent identification. Your experience/perspective might open doors to careers students have always dreamed of, or have never previously considered. We understand you might work with proprietary information. There is an option to have students sign a non-disclosure agreement.
- What are the requirements to host an extern?
Provide a substantive 1-5 day experience at your place of business (some externships are half day). Help students learn about your particular industry, organization and/or job function(s). Complete the follow-up survey.
- Do I need to pay the extern?
No. Externships are unpaid and students do not earn academic credit.
- Do I need to provide housing/transportation to students?
Providing travel and/or transportation to externs is optional. It is not expected but is appreciated. Externships can take place anywhere in the world! We offer this program during Winter and Spring Breaks to help off-set costs if a student is already home and/or visiting friends or family. Students are responsible for travel expenses and expected to pay their own way. If you'd like to help defray travel costs, consider a donation.
- Am I guaranteed a student?
We cannot guarantee to pair with a student due to various factors that impact selection and matching. Even if you are not matched with a student extern, there are many other ways to offer career guidance and help Rice students. Opportunities are updated frequently at http://ccd.rice.edu/mentoringopportunities.
- When will I find out more about my externs?
Hosts for the Winter Recess Session will be notified in late November. Hosts for the Spring Break will be notified in mid February. Externs are instructed to communicate with you (the host) after we provide initial contact information, to coordinate logistics and an e-introduction.
- How are students selected for my externship?
Students will submit a resume and application and be matched by Rice staff to opportunities based on their application materials.
- How are students prepared for the externship?
Students will participate in a mandatory orientation prior to their first externship and complete assignments related to goals and informational interviewing. Topics covered include logistics, exploration, communication etiquette and the importance of building a professional network.
- What are the benefits of Being an Owl Edge Extern Host?
You will have the opportunity showcase the daily activities, challenges, and requirements of your profession; gain exposure for your organization by introducing students to company culture; build a potential talent pipeline for future hiring needs; and you can participate in a unique program that gives Rice students a competitive advantage.
Still have questions? Contact Michelle Passo