As a part of the college experience, students frequently ponder their future careers and life after graduation.
With the help of the office of Career and Post-Graduate Development, students have the opportunity to ask questions about these issues to individuals in a particular field through participation in the Ursinus Externship Program. The program allows students to shadow someone during a regular workday, in order to gain insight not only into that field but a real workplace environment generally. All externships are scheduled during Winter Break and are typically between three to five days in length.
Externs shadow what Ursinus calls “Extern Sponsors” who are usually alumni, parents of students, or friends of the institution. The program opens opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the real world, to experience a small glimpse of what post-graduate life would be like.
Last winter, juniors Jasmine Soriano and Kiley Addis participated in the externship program.
Soriano shadowed Phil Schubert ’91 at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), a multinational Spanish banking group. She externed at their New York City branch.
Addis shadowed Frank Mazzeo ’88 at Ryder, Lu, Mazzeo & Konieczny LLC in Colmar, PA. The practice is devoted to Intellectual Property law. This includes patent, copyright, trademark, computer, regulatory, Internet, trade secret, and related issues. The law firm provides IP legal services including litigation, procurement, and licensing.
Soriano spent much of her time shadowing and interacting with multiple workers in different sectors of the bank. She utilized the time to ask many questions.
Addis was thrown right into the law firm and spent most of her time doing paperwork and reading cases.
The main goal of the externship is for students to construct questions which will allow them to have a better understanding of career options.
“I was motivated to do the externship program because I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do after college. I thought doing an externship would be a great opportunity to seek a career path I would’ve never thought of,” Soriano said. “Doing an externship is really resourceful before doing an internship because it is shorter and allows you to create a better understanding of what you may want to do as a career.”
Despite the program causing her to work during winter break, Addis realized the long-lasting effect it would have.
“The program helped me realize a bit more of what I want to do with my life,” Addis said.
“The best aspect of the externship is that it’s a really simple way to gain some experience and there isn’t as much stress behind it since it is so short and more of shadowing.” Addis said.
The Extern Program is open to all students of all years and majors, at least 18 years or older.
Externships are located in various cities and states, including New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.
Students interested in applying should visit the Extern Program website located in the Career and Post-Graduate Development section of the school’s website.
The deadline to submit all application materials for the 2019 Extern Program is 11:59 pm on Thursday, October 18, 2018. All submitted materials should be uploaded through Handshake.
If students have questions regarding the externship, contact the Career and Post-Graduate Development office at firstname.lastname@example.org