Reilly Program at the BOLD Center for Advancing Women’s Professional Development

Thanks to a transformational gift from Stacey (DC’80) and Brian (ENG’80) Reilly to advance women’s professional development, Douglass students now benefit from a more comprehensive and immersive experience that will  educate and prepare our students for careers of impact and distinction. The program offers a specialized professional development curriculum with an immersive workplace experience. Through multidisciplinary, real-world problems, exposure to global trends, new forms of organizational development, and innovative forms of leadership, the Reilly Program at the BOLD Center at Douglass advances the career preparation and vision of Douglass women.

One component of the program is the immersive workplace experience (externship). New sites are added regularly.

What is an externship?

An externship is an immersive workplace experience for a one or two week time period where students are mentored by a professional (most often a Douglass alumna) in their area of interest or in a career that they would like to learn more about. 

Participating in this job shadowing experience allows students to work on projects, learn about the status of women in the workplace, and get an inside glimpse into the day-to-day work life in a particular career. Meeting people on the job also helps to build a professional network. Many externship site mentors are Douglass alumnae who care deeply about the success of current Douglass students, provide valuable advice and guidance, and they may be willing to serve as professional references. As part of the Reilly Program at Bold to Advance Women’s Professional Development, students engage in specialized programs that provide the competitive edge in obtaining other direct work experience such as internships or future jobs.

To take part in an externship, or if you have any questions, please contact Stephanie M. Perez at; 848-932-3158.