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Host an Owl Edge Externship

Rice is excited to offer the Owl Edge Externship, a job-shadowing program over Winter Break (January 3-5, 2018) and Spring Break (March 12-16, 2018).  

During the university's Winter Recess January 3-5, 2018 and Spring Break March 12-16, 2018 students will spend one or more days with their externship host at his or her place of employment.  We invite you to help Rice students gain a professional advantage - i.e. build their "Owl Edge" - by serving as a career mentor!

Host a student (or group of students) for 1-5 days and help them explore career options and gain a realistic perspective of your industry.  Don't have time to commit to a 1-5 day externship?  Volunteer for an informational interview (in person or via phone/Skype) or lunch meeting.  


Deadline to Post a Winter Break (January 3-5) Externship: October 27, 2017
Deadline to Post a Spring Break (March 12-16) Externship: January 20, 2018

Structuring your Externship

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.

Suggested Activities 

  • 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


What are the requirements to host an extern?
Provide a substantive 1-5 day experience at your place of business.  Help students learn about your particular industry.  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?
Optional.  Students are responsible for travel expenses and expected to pay their own way.  Make a donation if you'd like to help defray travel costs.

Am I guaranteed a student?
We cannot guarantee pairing with a student due to variable 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?
Externs for the Winter Recess Session will be notified in late November.  Externs for the Spring Break will be notified in late January.

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 attend a mandatory orientation prior to their externship.
Still have questions? Contact Michelle Passo