Are you a freshmen or sophomore? Are you trying to gain experience or explore your career interests? Do you have free time during winter break? If you answered yes to these questions, you should consider Cal’s externship program!
Cal’s externship program is a great opportunity for freshmen and sophomores who are still exploring their career options but might not have enough experience to gain an internship or other position. If you are a Freshmen or Sophomore, externships connect you to Cal alumni and facilitate unique shadowing experiences. Externships can last from a few days to around a week in a wide variety of places including the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, and areas around Washington, DC. Externship opportunities and locations vary, but keep in mind that you will (generally) be responsible for travel expenses to the externship location.
The externship program has opportunities in a wide variety of areas including business, law, nonprofit positions and many more. Externships are perfect if you are like most of us and are not sure about what they want to do in the future or have several interests. For example, it’s hard to know whether you will like the law, or which type of law you want to study, without direct experience in a law firm and an understanding of the daily happenings of the profession. An externship will provide you a quick glimpse into different career fields and give you a feel for the position without the longer-term commitment of an internship or job.
In addition getting an up close and personal experience, externships will also get you started with networking and expanding your professional contacts. As a peer advisor, I always recommend that people start practicing networking as soon as possible because networking can lead to internships, unlisted jobs openings, and/or resources not publically available. It helps to know people on the “inside” of the industry. Externships are also a “safe” and low-pressure place for you to start networking because the sponsor is a Cal alum and they know the process of entering their position from Cal. They will give you give valuable insight and advice about the process and any other tips that you might not get otherwise.
To sum up, externships are a great opportunity for you if you are a Cal Frosh or Soph and interested in exploring your career options. Our externship listings will be up on the Career Center website starting in late October so be on the lookout for new and exciting opportunities that will help you explore your career options and apply your interests!
Post by Juliana Steers, 3rd Year Ethnic Studies and Art History Double Major.