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Applications for spring externships will open on January 21, 2020!

 

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.

Applications for spring break are due February 21st.  If sites remain open, the final application session will end April 22nd.

 

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.

 

Now is the time to start preparing!

  1. Make sure your resume is up to date

    • Need help? Make an appointment with your staff mentor or drop-in to see one of our graduate students Monday thru Thursday 5-9PM at Carpender Hall.

    • Career Exploration and Success has resume walk in hours on all campuses including Cook Campus

      Foran Hall (Chang Library) @ Cook Campus:
      Location: Foran Hall - Chang Library-59 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
      Drop-in hours for this location are Tuesdays from 2 pm - 4 pm

      You can also make an in-person or remote appointment with Career Exploration and Success through Handshake.

  2. Get two professional references

    • Have you worked or volunteered before? Have you spoken to a staff member who can speak to your professionalism and career goals? Ask them if they can be your reference!

  3. Review all of the externship openings and pick your top 3 choices

    • Think about why you want the particular externships you’ve chosen. You will be asked to reflect on your choices in your application.

  4. Prep for your interview. All students will be interviewed by appointment

 


2019-2020 Externship Timeline

 

SEPTEMBER 2019

  • Applications Open 

OCTOBER 2019

  • October 12: Career Conference in Trayes Hall, 11:00am-5:00pm (REQUIRED)
  • October 16: Winter and Spring Break Externship Student Application Deadline – 11:59pm

NOVEMBER 2019

  • October 21-25: Interviews

DECEMBER 2019

  • November 8: Externships are awarded
  • November 14: Reilly Program at the BOLD Center Series I: Maximizing your Externship Experience in Ludwig, 7:00-9:00pm
  • November 15: Reilly Program at the BOLD Center Series I: Maximizing your Externship Experience in Ludwig, 12:00-2:00pm

JANUARY 2020

  • January 6-10: First-week session
  • January 13-17: Second-week session
  • January 6-17: Two-week session

MARCH 2020

  • March 16-20: Spring Break session

APRIL 2020

  • Summer externships available 

MAY 2020

  • May 5: Reilly Program at the BOLD Center Series I: Maximizing your Externship Experience in Ludwig, 12:00-2:00pm

JUNE 2020-AUGUST 2020

  • Summer 2020 externships

 


Frequently Asked Questions about the Reilly Program at the BOLD Center at Douglass (for students)

 

Who runs the Reilly Program at the BOLD Center at Douglass?

The team of educational professionals at Douglass Residential College and site mentors—many of whom are Douglass alumnae—run the Reilly Program at the BOLD Center at Douglass and bring expertise to enhance the learning experience for participants.

 

What type of experience will the job shadowing (externship) component of the program offer to me?

The Reilly Program at the BOLD Center at Douglass offers currently enrolled Douglass Residential College students opportunities to shadow a career professional (for a one or two week time period) and be mentored by a professional (most often an alumna) in your area of interest or a career that you would like to learn more about. You can find out about your externship options on the website by using a searchable database of available externship sites and an online application process. You will receive a comprehensive set of programs designed to help you assess your goals, strengths, areas of interests, and areas of growth.

 

I am a first-year student. Can I take part in the job shadowing (externship) component of the Reilly Program at the BOLD Center at Douglass?

Yes! First-year students, along with all DRC students, are encouraged to apply for the program. Preference will be given to students who need help clarifying their academic and career goals. Applying for an externship provides valuable practice in career skills such as resume building and interviewing, since all students who apply will be given an interview and must submit a resume.

 

I will be graduating in January. Can I participate in in the job shadowing (externship) component of the Reilly Program at the BOLD Center at Douglass during spring break right after I graduate?

Only current Douglass Residential College students are eligible to take part in the job shadowing component of the Reilly Program at the BOLD Center at Douglass. All DRC students are urged to take part before they graduate. Participation leads to experience and professional connections that can open doors for you in your search for full-time employment or in your plans for graduate or professional school.

 

I am a Rutgers student, but I am not a member of Douglass Residential College. Can I participate in the job shadowing (externship) component of the Reilly Program at the BOLD Center at Douglass?

The Reilly Program at the BOLD Center at Douglass is open only to currently enrolled members of Douglass Residential College. If you would like to enroll in DRC, please email us at discoverdouglass@echo.rutgers.edu. Enrollment is easy and has many benefits, such as the option to participate in the Reilly Program at the BOLD Center at Douglass.

 

What are the benefits for me, as a student, participating in the job shadowing (externship) component of the Reilly Program at the BOLD Center at Douglass?

Shadowing a professional allows you to get an inside glimpse into the day-to-day work life in a particular career. By meeting people on the job, students can build a professional network. Many site mentors are Douglass alumnae who care deeply about the success of current Douglass students. Externship mentors often become personal mentors to their students, providing valuable advice and guidance, and they may be willing to serve as professional references when you enter the job market. You will also receive special workshops to sharpen your career skills. Students also develop their practical and networking skills on the job and through the application and interview process. Many students confirm their career path choices by seeing what it’s like to work in a specific job, some find that they need to rethink their plans, and others discover entirely new career possibilities that they had never considered!

 

What is the deadline for applying to the job shadowing (externship) component of the Reilly Program at the BOLD Center at Douglass?

Applications for spring break and summer 2020 externships is February 21st. If sites remain open, the final application period will end April 22nd.

 

What materials do I need to apply to the job shadowing (externship) component of the Reilly Program at the BOLD Center at Douglass

  • Make sure your resume is up to date and that it prominently lists Douglass Residential College.

  • Need help? Make an appointment with your staff mentor or drop-in to see one of our graduate students Monday thru Thursday 5-9PM at Carpender Hall. 

  • Career Exploration and Success has resume walk in hours on all campuses including Cook Campus

  •  You can also make an in-person or remote appointment with Career Exploration and Success through Handshake.

  • Get two professional references. Have you worked or volunteered before? Have you spoken to a staff member who can speak to your professionalism and career goals? Ask them if they can be your reference!

  • Review all of the externship openings and pick your top 3 choices. Think about why you want the particular externships you’ve chosen. You will be asked to reflect on your choices in your application.

  • Complete the online applicationby 11:59 p.m. on February 21st.

  • Prep for your interview. All students will be interviewed by appointment.

 

How will I travel to my site?

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from sites. It is important to consider how you will travel to and from the externship location and make sure to understand how much time it will take you to arrive on the job promptly every day. Interviewers will ask students to provide details on their transportation plans. In some rare cases, site mentors may offer a travel stipend, but students should plan on covering the cost of their own transportation.

 

What is the difference between an externship and an internship?

An externship is a short, intense, job shadowing experience that takes place over a one-to-two week period, typically when students are on break and can be on the job full time for that time period. Internships, typically, are longer-term experiences, usually over the course of a full semester or over the summer session. Sometimes internships can be for a full academic year.

 

Will I be able to find a placement in my chosen career?

Sites are available in a broad range of areas – STEM, policy, economic development, finance, public interest, women’s rights, etc. We are building the site list every day. Even if you don’t obtain a placement in the precise career you have in mind, completing an externship in a related field (or even in a workplace you would just like to learn more about) can still be an extremely valuable experience. The professional networks you can build and the practical and career skills you develop in an externship will serve you well no matter what you do. And you may even discover an exciting career path you never considered!

 

I am a Douglass Residential College student. Am I guaranteed a placement?

Placement is competitive. While we make every effort to see that as many DRC students as possible are placed in externships, placement is not guaranteed. If you do get placed, it may not be in your first choice. To maximize your chance of getting a placement, take care in preparing your resume, attend workshops, and don’t restrict the choices on your application—be adventurous and you might find a new career path that you love!

 

Have questions? Email Stephanie M. Perez at stephanie.perez@rutgers.edu

The Reilly Program at the BOLD Center at Douglass is open to currently enrolled Douglass Residential College students only. To join DRC, email us at discoverdouglass@echo.rutgers.edu.