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Externship FAQs

Who can host an externship?

Alumni and friends of the Jackson School, as well as companies looking to build their brand on-campus.

Who are the externs?

Undergraduate students at the Jackson School of Geosciences. Students majoring in Geology, Geophysics, Hydrogeology, Environmental Science and Geosystems Engineering & Hydrogeology are eligible.

How is this different than an internship?

Students do not receive academic credit or pay for an externship. An externship only lasts one day, whereas an internship generally lasts several months. The primary objective of the externship program is to assist students with career exploration. An externship allows a student to learn about the daily activities of a working geoscientist. This exposure can help students confirm their career interests, learn about a new field, or discover if a career path isn’t the right fit.

How is transportation and housing arranged?

The student is responsible for transportation to and from the host site. Most students will register for a site in their hometown, since the externships take place during academic breaks. Please provide parking instructions to the Geosciences Career Center before the externship.

What should I plan for the student(s)?

It is ultimately up to you what to plan for the student(s), although the Geosciences Career Center can provide direction. The students do not need to shadow one person for the entire day. You can arrange for them to meet with various people at the company in order to get a broader perspective on the organization. Students will also submit questions and areas of interest when they register, which will be sent to the host in advance of the externship.

How long should the externship last?

The length of the externship depends on the activities planned. The externship should last between a half and full day.

How do I sign up?

We are currently recruiting hosts for winter and spring break externships, Please fill out the Host Interest Form if you are interested in participating!

Who can I contact with questions?

Jennifer L. Jordan
Career Services Program Coordinator
Jackson School of Geosciences
(512) 232-0893