Extern Program

Extern 2018: Tues, Jan 16 - Fri, Jan 19, 2018 (in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday)**

**Extern Week will be TUESDAY, January 16 - Friday, January 19, 2018, honoring the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. If you’d like to make plans to commemorate MLK Day of Service with your mentor/ mentee please plan accordingly.


An externship is a one-week mentored job-shadowing experience that offers a glimpse into a career. Students have a chance to see the inside of a career field for a short time, meet with professionals in the workplace, and make other contacts by living with alumni families. Swarthmore alumni have an opportunity to meet current students and learn about campus life today. Swarthmore alumni, parents of students, and friends of the College offer externships in a variety of cities and industries.  Extern Week runs the last week of Winter Break and all externships are unpaid. To help make externships affordable, some alumni offer housing for that week. However transportation and meals are the student's responsibility, although some hosts will offer a few meals. 

Parents/Families: How to get involved

  • Parents and families can get involved and serve as workplace, homestay mentors, or both! Learn more! 
  • Registration for the Extern Program is closed for 2018. If you're interested in being a workplace and/or homestay mentor next year re-visit this page in August/September! 

Students: How to participate

  • Many students on campus take advantage of the extern program as it provides a valuable learning experience and insight into a particular field. Learn more! 
  • To register for the Extern Program, attend an externship orientation in Career Services and register through mySwarthmore prior to the annual deadline in October. For more information check out our FAQ guide.

Parents/Families: Sign up to receive the registration email in early September.

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