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.
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:
Externships generally highlight a “typical” workday but shadowing takes on various formats. Activities might include:
Interested? What’s the timeline and process to apply?
|Event/Deadline||Winter Recess Session (January 6-10)||Spring Break Session (March 16-20)|
|Student Application deadline||November 4||January 29|
|Notify students who are selected||November 15||February 6|
|Mandatory Program Orientation||Week of 11/18 & online||Online in Canvas|
|Send Thank You||Post externship||Post externship|
|Complete Program Evaluation||January 17||March 31|
**Please note that students are responsible for any travel expenses**
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 email@example.com 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.
“It was my first exposure to a corporate work setting; I appreciated learning what the actual environment was like.”
“The most significant thing that I learned from my experience is all the unique ways people can and have entered the corporate world. I met people who got to where they are through networking, climbing the corporate ladder, innovation, and pure luck. A lot of these people didn't even have degrees in their line of work. It was truly inspirational.”
“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.”
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