Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Hoosier Externship Program?
A: The Hoosier Externship Program offers undergraduates at Indiana University the opportunity to connect with employers and "test-drive" potential careers through a form of experiential learning similar to job shadowing. During this time, students will spend one to five days observing and working with a professional(s) in a career that is of particular interest to them.
Q: What types of things can I have students do during an externship?
A: While all work environments are different, the goal of an externship is for the student to see what a typical "day or week in the life" of the host is like. Some options for your extern(s) may include:
- Observing both your typical duties and well as those of other personnel
- Touring the facilities
- Conducting informational interview(s) with you and other employees
- Attending meetings
- Assisting with small projects
- Observing interactions and/or working directly with clients and customers
- Performing general office tasks
Q: How are students "matched" with an Employer-Host?
A: Students are required to complete an application process that includes:
- Completing a formal application, including a statement of purpose and externship preferences
- Submitting a professional resume
- Attending a mandatory orientation session once selected
*Pairings are determined by Career Development Center's Externship Committee (consisting of Career Development Center staff) based on student interests/qualifications and sponsor preferences. Employer-Hosts are not responsible for reviewing, interviewing, or selecting of student(s).
Q: Will students ever contact me directly?
A: A student will only contact you after he/she has been matched with you as his/her Employer-Host and has participated in a mandatory orientation program at the Career Development Center and Arts & Sciences Career Services.
Q: Am I responsible for any costs?
A: There is no cost for the Employer-Host to participate. Externs are responsible for all expenses such as lodging, meals, transportation, etc.
Q: Who should I contact for additional information about the program?
A: If you have questions about the program or need additional information, please contact Adam Heeg at aheegindiana.edu or (812) 855-0577.