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Job Shadowing and Externships


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Job Shadowing

Job shadowing provides a unique and engaging experience for students to visit a company and shadow an employee working in an occupation of interest.  Students are able to observe the day-to-day responsibilities of specific occupations to further discern their interest in that career path.

If you are interested in job shadowing, then consider the following:

  • What are your career goals?  What types of careers are you interested in?
  • What career would you like to learn more about?
  • What questions do you have about that career? (be willing to ask these questions during your job shadow experience)



Career Services offers externships (1-2 week job shadow experiences) after the fall and spring semesters.  Contact Lori Clark, Career Education & Programming Coordinator at for more information. 

What is an externship?

An externship is a short term unpaid job-shadowing experience that offers a glimpse into a career of interest.  E-town Career Services offers non-credit externships at the end of the spring and fall semesters (after classes end). These externships can be a week to two weeks in length (minimum of 30 hours - maximum of 80 hours). Participating in an externship provides students an experiential learning opportunity to reflect upon skills, values, and interests as related to career and purposeful life work.  E-town students interested in externships can be matched with alumni, parents, and friends of the College in a variety industries and regionally local cities.  Students seeking a longer and more-in-depth experiential experience should consider an internship.   


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