Externship Day

The Wheaton College Externship Program provides opportunities for current students to job shadow alumni for the purpose of career exploration. During this one-day opportunity, students spend time observing and often working alongside their alumni hosts to gain insight into the practical aspects of potential careers. We invite you to participate!

HOST an externship

Alumni, host a student at your work for a day!

Give back with your time and expertise
Invest in the professional development of Wheaton students
Engage in a one-day job shadowing opportunity

Learn more about hosting an extern >

APPLY for an externship

Students, test-drive your future for a day!

Get firsthand insight into a career of interest
Be exposed to the day-to-day work life of a professional
Participate in opportunities for informational interviewing
Build connections with alumni in your field of interest

Learn more about becoming an extern >

Highlights from Externship Day 2016

Students and alumni at their Externship Day event in Streamwood, IL

One hundred thirty-eight students attended Externship Day 2016, learning from alumni across Chicagoland in more than 60 different locations.

Here's what participants had to say:


"The whole experience was extremely valuable—but in particular, I especially appreciated being able to really talk to my host. He not only answered all my questions in depth, but also encouraged me, affirmed and allayed some of my fears, and reminded me that at the end of the day what keeps him there despite the challenges is the Gospel."
–Sarah, Class of 2017

"It was an incredible experience and one of my favorite days of my semester so far. My time in the NICU confirmed my desires to pursue nursing."
–Dana, Class of 2017

"I loved being able to see what day-to-day looked like at a design agency. This was a great opportunity to see what it was really like!"
–Emily, Class of 2016

"I am consistently impressed at the quality of persons that are Wheaton undergraduates... Each of the students I get to know makes me more grateful to God for allowing me to attend such a solidly Christ focused institution as is Wheaton College."
–Externship Host

"It was great to interact with students at the beginning of the process of choosing a career, especially when they’re interested in doing what I do!”
–Externship Host



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