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Externships

Exploring different job functions or industries? Want to know more about a specific organization? The Owl Edge Externship Program is a great way for current students to learn from, and connect with, members of the Rice community.

Why participate?

Rice is proud to offer the Owl Edge Externship, a short-term (half to multi-day) job shadowing experience that provides you with an opportunity to connect with Rice alumni, parents and friends to explore career options and gain a realistic perspective of an industry.

Benefits of participating in an externship include:

  • Explore an industry, organization and/or job function(s)
  • Prepare for your internship or job search
  • Build your professional network
  • Gain a “behind the scenes” look before committing to a longer-term opportunity
  • Assess fit with a particular career field and clarify next steps

Externships generally highlight a “typical” workday but shadowing takes on various formats. Activities might include:

  • Full or half day of shadowing
  • 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 the HR Department and/or recruiters
  • Review marketing materials about the organization
  • Meet with Rice alumni and/or individuals about their job responsibilities

Interested? What’s the timeline and process to apply?

Learn more about what students have learned through their externships

Upcoming Dates

EVENT/DEADLINE WINTER RECESS SESSION SPRING BREAK SESSION
Student Application deadline 2021 externship session dates and deadlines will be updated this summer. 2021 externship session dates and deadlines will be updated this summer.
Notify students who are selected
Mandatory Program Orientation
Send Thank You
Complete Program Evaluation
**Please note that students are responsible for any travel expenses**

FAQ

What is the difference between an internship and externship?

An externship is a short-term job shadowing opportunity (typically half day up to five days), while internships 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-half day to three days.

Is housing/transportation provided?

No. You are responsible for any travel expenses (unless otherwise noted in a specific externship description). Please note that campus housing is not available during Winter Break.

Where are externships?

Since this program’s inception (in 2015), approximately 75% of externships are offered throughout Texas. That means, opportunities do exist across the country (and even internationally). We encourage students to think about where they will be during the break and explore opportunities near that city (since students are responsible for travel expenses). Or, if students have friends and/or family in a different city, look for an opportunity there.

Who is eligible to apply?

While the program is geared towards Freshmen and Sophomores, all class levels may apply. Priority goes to underclassmen. Students from all majors are encouraged to participate. We also allow students still exploring career paths to participate multiple times throughout their academic experience.

How do I apply?

Apply for Owl Edge Externship in Handshake (starting in November for Winter Break experiences and in January for Spring Break experiences). Click Jobs and Search "Owl Edge Externships" - you can refine your search by career cluster labels or location. You will need a resume and a paragraph of interest (per application). Apply to as many externships as you find interesting but note, if matched, you are expected to participate. 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 matched to an opportunity. Prior and new externs will also complete various short assignments to prepare (focusing on goals and crafting questions to ask host).

What types of organizations typically participate?

Opportunities exist, historically, in each of the seven career clusters. We encourage you to explore the areas in which you are interested – no experience necessary (in fact, the less experience in an industry, the better)!

Don’t see something you are interested in (or, didn’t get matched)?

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. While the CCD team members try to make the best possible matches based on indicated preferences in applications and an algorithm meant to promote fairness, submitting your application does not guarantee a match with an Owl Edge host. If unmatched, the CCD will help facilitate a connection outside of the program when possible. If you can’t find an externship of interest, contact an alum and create your own externship/job shadowing experience. The Sallyportal and LinkedIn are great places to start. We are happy to help you craft outreach communication to make this happen.

Testimonials

"Because I am still exploring many major paths and career plans, this was very helpful in letting me see the diverse paths that I can take in the future and how it's not only constrained to what my undergraduate major in college was.”

"I learned that networking is vital and work outside the classroom is crucial to work towards a solid career plan.”

“My externship experience helped me better understand and believe in the idea that one's career path after college is much more open-ended than he/she might think, and that networking and asking insightful questions are two powerful strategies to explore and navigate these paths.”

“The Owl Edge Externship was a great experience. It opened my eyes to the work environment. I met a lot of people and now have a better understanding of what goes on inside a corporation.”

Questions?

Contact Michelle Passo at mip2@rice.edu