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What is an externship: *Externships vary in length, but usually last three to five days. They generally involve shadowing a professional through a normal day's activities and may include informational interviews, a tour of the facility, and participation in actual office projects, etc.

What is the difference between an internship and an externship: *Externships are short-term, offer no pay, and are hosted by alumni volunteers in various organizations to help students gain an insider's view of a career field. Internships are longer term (a semester or summer), may involve pay and academic credit, and support an organizations work function.

Why should I do an externship: *An externship is an excellent way to learn about the day-to-day work life of a professional in a career field of your choice. It offers you the chance to "test" a career without the risk of long-term commitment and can help you get your foot in the door for a competitive internship program or job.

How does this program work: The CDC matches first and second year students with alumni job shadow supervisors. Students stay three to five days with the alumnus/a and observe him/her at work as a method to not only further understand that career field but how that career fits into one’s life. This program is intended to be a jump off point for students to start exploring their career options and talking with professionals in order to: [1] clarify their career exploration and interests, [2] connect their course work to outside the classroom and their future plans, and [3] connect with and learn from alumni externship mentors.

Who can apply: First and second-year students have priority, but third and fourth years are welcome to apply as well.

* Descriptions provided from University of Arkansas, University Career Development Center Website: http://career.uark.edu/Students/Externships.aspx

Education

#1

Alumnus Name:  Jennifer Hahn       ’06       Major:  Spanish/ Secondary Education, Spanish K-12, Coaching (NWC)          Other Degrees:  Master of Arts – Spanish (UNI)

Company Name/Location:  Sheboygan Lutheran High School, Sheboygan, WI

Position Title of Alumnus:  Spanish Teacher

Position Description:  Spanish ½/3/4 (Spanish 4 is a CAPP course – for college credits through the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh).  

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                       Dates Available:  March 3-13, 2018

Housing Available?  Yes         Where?  Alumnus's contact

What you will learn from this externship:  They will definitely see that there is a lot more to teaching than just teaching.  Our school’s mission is “Preparing Christian Leaders One Student At A Time”, and they will see that.  They will see my focus on using a modified version of the TPRS methodology in all my classes.

Additional Information:  I teach Spanish 1,2,3,4 (CAPP). I am an adjunct with UW-Oshkosh to make Spanish 4 a CAPP class & students have received between 5-16 college credits for taking the class.

 

#2

Alumnus Name:  Travis Kooima          ‘05       Major:  Business Administration & Physical Education          Other Degrees:  MA in Sports Management-In Process

Company Name/Location:  Western Christian High School, Hull, IA

Position Title of Alumnus:  Head of Business Department and Coach

Position Description:  I am the head of our Business department and teach all the business classes at Western and also a few PE classes. I am the head football and track coach and assistant girls basketball coach.  

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                       Dates Available:  March 3-13, 2018

Housing Available?  No         Where?  Contact the Career Development Center

What you will learn from this externship:  They will learn a lot about the profession of teaching and coaching at a small Christian school. We have a unique environment here at Western and I feel it would be a great experience for them. 

#3

Alumnus Name:  Jessica Mueller        ’04       Major:  Sociology and Humanities

Other Degrees: Masters of Divinity

Company Name/Location:  Sacred Heart Preparatory, Atherton, CA

Position Title of Alumnus:  Religious Studies Teacher

Position Description:  I am a Religious Studies Teacher at a Catholic high school in the Bay Area--I teach Hebrew Scriptures, New Testament, Social Ethics, and a class called Liberation & Solidarity. I also work with a lot of service-learning opportunities and occasionally go on retreats with our students. While many of our students come from Catholic families, we have students from all different Christian denominations, other faith traditions, and no faith tradition.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                           Dates Available:  March 4-14, 2017

Housing Available?    Yes                                          Where?  At Alumnus's Home

What you will learn from this externship:  They could get a sense of what it is like to work in a Catholic high school in faith/justice formation with students who are not necessarily explicitly religious as well as students who do identify as religious. They could talk to a lot of friendly staff and faculty about their own vocational journeys. They could get to know another part of the country and be exposed to some of the social justice issues in this area. That said, I also have a lot of relationships with people in the community and serve on the board of Faith in Action (a local PICO community organizing affiliate), so if they wanted me to set them up with community organizers around housing/immigration/homelessness, I'd be happy to do that. I'd also be happy to connect them with grad school students/professors at the Jesuit School of Theology or at the Graduate Theological Union (which has many different denominations represented including Reformed/Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran).

Additional Information:  I would be really happy to work with the student to develop an exploratory experience that would help them discern their vocation and connect with people and places that would give them a better sense of their interests and next steps--whether that be grad school, post-grad volunteering, direct service social justice work, community organizing, teaching, etc. If the student is in the realm of faith formation and justice work (especially in the Catholic context), we could be a good fit for them.

We'd also be happy to host the student for more than 3-5 days if they wanted to shadow more people out here, enjoy a service opportunity, or just be a tourist.

#4

Alumnus Name:  Jaylene De Vos         ‘03       Major:  English Teaching

Other Degrees: Masters of Education

Company Name/Location:  Cherokee Community School District, Cherokee, IA

Position Title of Alumnus:  English Language Arts Teacher

Position Description:  I teach English Language Arts to 9-12th grade students at Cherokee Washington High School.  I teach classes such as English 11, British Literature, World Literature, Films as Literature, Oral Interp and Acting.  I am also the Head Large Group and Individual Speech Coach.

Length of Stay:  3-4 days                                           Dates Available:  March 5-8, 2018

Housing Available?    No                                           Where?  Contact the Career Dev Center

What you will learn from this externship:  They will see what day to day life is like in a typical high school in Iowa.  However, they will see it from a perspective of a teacher instead of a student.

Additional Information:  I think any student interested in a career in education would benefit from this type of exposure.  I know there are hours they must cover for that major, but more exposure would be beneficial.  

 

#5

Alumnus Name:  James De Vos           ‘03       Major:  Biology Teaching-physics/chem endors

Other Degrees: Masters of Education

Company Name/Location:  Cherokee Community School District, Cherokee, IA

Position Title of Alumnus:  Science Teacher

Position Description:  9-12th grade Science Teacher at Cherokee Washington High School.  Teaching assignments include Freshmen Science, Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, AP Biology, Physics.  I also coach boys golf and am the assistant coach for Large Group and Individual Speech.  I am also a mentor teacher.

Length of Stay:  3-4 days                                           Dates Available:  March 5-8, 2018

Housing Available?    No                                           Where?  Contact the Career Dev Center

What you will learn from this externship:  This would allow an individual to get an interesting insight into teaching a wide variety of science classes.  While I balance home, family, and coaching responsibilities.

Additional Information:  I am more than willing to share thoughts and ideas with current students from NWC about the career of education.

 

#6

Alumnus Name:  Jill Isaacson ’12       Major:  Mathematics, secondary ed endorsement

Company Name/Location:  Essex CSD, Essex, IA

Position Title of Alumnus:  High School Math Teacher

Position Description:  I teach 8-12th grade students. I have 7 different classes each day (8th grade math, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Consumer Math, Test Prep, and College Prep). I am also the Senior co-sponsor and National Honor Society sponsor.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                           Dates Available:  March 3-13, 2018

Housing Available?    Yes                                          Where?  Alumnus's home

What you will learn from this externship:  The student will learn the hard work and dedication that goes into teaching, particularly in a small school when you are required to prepare for 7 different classes every day.  The student will also experience the joy of knowing students on a deeper level, as you will see them everywhere.

Additional Information:  Essex is a small school in rural Iowa.  There are about 20 kids per grade.

 

#7

Alumnus Name: Travis Schueller        ‘01     Major:  Biology-secondary ed endorsement

Other Degrees:  MA in Education, Principal license, Superintendent license

Company Name/Location:  North Union/North Kossuth, Armstrong, IA

Position Title of Alumnus:  Superintendent

Position Description:  I am the shared superintendent for both the North Union and North Kossuth CSD.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                           Dates Available:  March 3-13, 2018

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  At Alumnus's home

What you will learn from this externship:  They will learn how a school district is operated from the Superintendent perspective.  They also can experience different levels of the school if they would like.  Observe teachers, AD's, Principals or the Business side of the school district.

 

#8

Alumnus Name: Chris Rensink   ’07           Major:  Elementary Education         

Other Degrees:  Business, Med in Educational Leadership

Company Name/Location:  The Freedom School, St. Louis, MO

Position Title of Alumnus:  Assistant Head of School

Position Description:  I manage the daily operations of an urban, Christian school, supervise teachers and curriculum.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                       Dates Available:  March 4-March 14, 2017

Housing Available?            Yes                  Where?  At Alumnus's home

What you will learn from this externship:  Student will learn what it looks like to serve in a multicultural, urban community in the heart of a major city. St. Louis is a government relocation city meaning immigrants, refugees of war and conflict are brought to St. Louis to set up new life here in America. The Freedom School promotes reconciliation (racial, socio-economic) of all of its students within the context of the academic environment of a school. Student will see how God is at work in a setting that is vastly different than many other contexts across the country.

Additional Information:  If student is interested, The Freedom School is a part of a collection of ministries that they could see/visit including Firm Foundation Tutoring, Health Connections (free healthcare for the poor), Harambee (Youth work training internship in tuck pointing), Umetelisha (food ministry), New Covenant Legal Services (law), Workday (partnerships and work projects with volunteers), and CityLights (college age ministry exposure).

 

#9

Alumnus Name:  Stephanie Lantz   ’10       Major:  Elementary Education/ Endorsements: ESL (K-12), Reading (K-8)

Company Name/Location:  Pella Christian Grade School, Pella, IA

Position Title of Alumnus:  Kindergarten Spanish immersion teacher

Position Description:  I teach kindergarteners language & literacy, math, science and social studies entirely in Spanish.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                       Dates Available:  March 5-9, 2018

Housing Available?            Yes                                         Where?  At Alumnus's Home

What you will learn from this externship:  The student will gain knowledge about the Spanish immersion philosophy of teaching. The student will observe exemplary classroom management with young students as well as differentiation in math and literacy lessons. We will also perform hands-on science activities and engage in discussion pertaining to our community during our social studies. Pella Christian Grade school's mission is to "challenge students to develop their individual, God-given gifts for a life of service in God's kingdom."

Additional Information:  We abide by the Spanish-only method, so students and teachers in my classroom speak nothing but Spanish. The student who observes my classroom must be a Spanish-speaker.  Here is a news clip about our immersion program.

 

 

#10

Alumnus Name:  Amy Commers     ‘06       Major:  English                     

Other Degrees:  Master of Arts in Library and Information Studies- UW-Madison

Company Name/Location:  South St. Paul Public Library, St. Paul, MN

Position Title of Alumnus:  Youth Services Librarian

Position Description:  Librarian in a suburban public library.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                           Dates Available:  March 3-13, 2018- Except Sundays

Housing Available?            Yes                                          Where?  Alumnus's home

What you will learn from this externship:  Students will have a chance to observe story times for different age groups, and perhaps participate by reading a story or teaching a song or rhyme (depending on their interest). Student will have a chance to observe and participate in day-to-day duties of a children's librarian in a suburban library such as, collection development and management (that's choosing books to buy and discard), assisting library visitors with questions or book recommendations (reference and reader's advisory), and program preparation and development.

Additional Information:  Public librarianship, specifically youth/children's librarianship, is a good career option for someone who likes working with children and teens in a nurturing role, but doesn't envision themselves in a classroom. It's also a good fit for students who are struggling to identify one specific subject or career they feel called or drawn to more than any others. What I mean by that is- just yesterday I discussed the geography of Chile, books like Diary of a Wimpy kid, separation anxiety in two-year-old's, resources to help instill music appreciation in a homeschooling family, and the geologic implications of hazardous chemical spills with various patrons.

  

Business/Industry

#11

Alumnus Name: Elisabeth Bakker Johnson   ‘86      Major:  Computer Science/Math

Other Degrees:  Architecture, and Building Conservation

Company Name/Location:  New York State Office of Mental Health, Rexford, New York

Position Title of Alumnus:  Project Manager and Preservation Architect

Position Description:  Office of Campus Planning Unit team member, responsible for managing University space resources, place making, facilities planning, and campus preservation, consistent with the University’s goals and objectives for the 6.6 million SF of space at the University’s eight schools and colleges across three campuses in NY’s Capital District.

Length of Stay:  3 days                                           Dates Available:  March 3-13, 2018

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  At Alumnus's home

Additional Information: Obviously, since I am in New York, it would be most beneficial if the student was from close to this area but if they have to be housed at my home during the whole week, they can be.

 

#12

Alumnus Name: Adam Olson  ‘13    Major:  Business Admin-Management & Marketing

Company Name/Location:  New York State Office of Mental Health, Rexford, New York

Position Title of Alumnus:  Financial Advisor, Owner

Position Description:  Financial Planning, also own a home and auto insurance firm.  We have locations in Norfolk and O'Neill Nebraska.  Typically meet with clients to fulfill a need that they have. We utilize many companies and many different products.

Length of Stay:  3 days                                           Dates Available:  March 3-6, 2018

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  At Alumnaus's home

What you will learn from this externship:  They would learn the typical day in a financial services business.  What is required to be in the industry, and how we serve our clients.  We operate a full service insurance and investment business with several locations.  I would have them shadow everyone in our agency from the front office staff to the actual advisors themselves.  We would also go on sales calls.

 

#13

Alumnus Name: Breann Tierschel      ‘07    Major:  Business Administration

Company Name/Location:  CHS Inc., Inver Grove Heights, MN

Position Title of Alumnus:  SEC Reporting Manager

Position Description:  I work with all of the company's divisions to gather the information needed to prepare the quarterly and annual financial statements required to be submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, I assist in researching technical issues that arise to ensure proper accounting treatment. During non-peak times, we work to find ways to improve processes and develop best practices and attend technical trainings to maintain CPA licensure compliance.

Length of Stay:  3 days                                           Dates Available:  March 3-13, 2018

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  At Alumnus's home

What you will learn from this externship:  I can provide an opportunity to have the student learn some of the requirements necessary for public companies, and also have then meet with other divisions including Tax, Internal Audit, Treasury, or other areas of the business they might be interested in. 

Additional Information:  We are the largest agricultural cooperative in the country.  We are owned by owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Our business lines include energy, grains and foods, and financial services.

 

LAW

#14

Alumnus Name: Laura Jacobson         ’08                   Major:  Writing & Rhetoric               

Other Degrees: Law degree from College of William & Mary

Company Name/Location:  L&L Immigration Law, PLLC, Alexandria, VA

Position Title of Alumnus:  Managing Member/Attorney

Position Description:  I am an immigration lawyer, primarily representing immigrants in family-based petitions and in deportation proceedings. I represent clients in Immigration Court and in special custody proceedings in local juvenile courts. I also represent them in processes before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), including applications for visas, lawful permanent residence (green card), and citizenship.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                           Dates Available:  March 3-13, 2018

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  At Alumnus's home

What you will learn from this externship:  The student will learn about the practice of immigration law, including how to interact with clients and how to represent them before various government bodies. I run my own law practice with a colleague, so the student will also learn about how to run a small business. The student will also gain additional insight into the policies of immigration law and how they affect individuals on a personal level.

 

#15

Alumnus Name: Sarah Graham       ‘09                   Major:  Political Science

Company Name/Location:  Douglas County Attorney's Office, Omaha, NE

Position Title of Alumnus:  Deputy County Attorney (Juvenile Division)

Position Description:  I work for the County Attorney (Prosecutor) and I prosecute cases in the juvenile division: delinquencies, status offenses, and abuse/neglect cases. I am in court. I am in several court hearings each day.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                      Dates Available:  March 3-March 13, 2018

Housing Available?            Yes                  Where?  At Alumnus's home

What you will learn from this externship:  Student will learn more about the juvenile justice system and will have plenty of opportunities to observe court and see what happens when attorneys are not in court.

 

Communications

#16

Alumnus Name: Amanda Hoklin         ‘03       Major:  Business marketing & management            

Other Degrees: Graphic Design

Company Name/Location:  Omaha Community Playhouse

Position Title of Alumnus:  Art Director

Position Description:  I do print and web graphics as well as direct photo shoots and other visual media for marketing the theatre productions at Omaha Community Playhouse.

Length of Stay:  3 days                                              Dates Available:  March 3-13, 2018

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  At Alumnus's home

What you will learn from this externship:  Observe the day to day of a non-profit marketing department.

 

#17

Alumnus Name: Amanda Kuehn   ‘09 Major:  Writing and Rhetoric, Psych & Youth min minors   

Other Degrees:  Masters in Creative Writing

Company Name/Location:  Google, Mountain View, CA

Position Title of Alumnus:  UX Writer for Google & Freelance Writer

Position Description:  I work on the User Interface text, Help Center support articles, and other strategy for features in AdWords, Google's advertising platform. I'm also a freelance journalist, though I spend less time in that space than I once did.  In addition I'm also working on a book project. Every day is different, and I love that about my work.

Length of Stay:  3 days                                              Dates Available:  March 3-13, 2018

Housing Available?    No                    Where?  Contact the Career Dev Center

What you will learn from this externship:  I'm still new to this role, but would love to share my experience transitioning from creative writing to freelancing and contract work and into the world of user experience. The bridges in between are some I wish I'd known about sooner in my career.

Additional Information: I've had to cobble together a lot of jobs and have learned many things about what it means and looks like to work and live as a writer, so anyone who may be interested in that sort of adventure could be a good fit.

 

#18

Alumnus Name: Ted Schultz            ‘88                   Major:  Mass Communications

Company Name/Location:  Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

Position Title of Alumnus:  Sports Information Director

Position Description:  I handle all things involved with athletics communications at College, whether it is news releases, statistics, reporting to the NCAA, etc.

Length of Stay:  3 days                                          Dates Available:  March 5-9, 2018

Housing Available?            Yes                   Where?  At Alumnus's home

What you will learn from this externship:  They can learn what I do for sports information, a job where duties change vastly day to day, as well as from my lengthy newspaper experience.

Additional Information: Previously, I was in the newspaper business for 20 years and won multiple awards.

 

#19

Alumnus Name:  Sherrie Willson   ‘98         Major:  English          

Company Name/Location:  Steelcase Inc., Grand Rapids, MI

Position Title of Alumnus:  Digital marketing manager

Position Description:  Manage global projects for Digital Team of the world's largest manufacturer of office furniture. 

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                        Dates Available:  March 3-13, 2018

Housing Available? Yes                 Where?  Alumnus's home

What you will learn from this externship:  They will learn different career options for English and Communication majors.  Also, they will have the opportunity to see digital marketing at a Fortune 1000 company.

Additional Information:  Steelcase is the largest manufacturer of office furniture in the world. It also is a big supporter of community involvement and environmentalism.

 

Health & Human Services

#19

Alumnus Name: Kevin Muur               ‘79       Major:  Sociology                   

Company Name/Location:  Vista Prairie Communities-Fieldcrest

Position Title of Alumnus:  Resident Assistant on Memory Care Unit

Position Description:  Provide supervision of residents on a 12 bed Memory Care Unit. I'm also authorized to be a med passer on the shifts that I work. We also do activities, table games, etc with the residents. There is some assistance with ADL's and personal Care like showers and dressing.

Length of Stay:  4 days                                              Dates Available:  March 5-9, 2018

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  At Alumnus's home

What you will learn from this externship:  Be exposed to a new and ever changing field of healthcare that has its challenges, but also many rewards.

Additional Information: I'm the live in caregiver for my elderly parents besides working FT at Fieldcrest. Fieldcrest is a beautiful facility with a "homelike" atmosphere. Not your average Nursing Home experience.

 

#20

Alumnus Name: Amber Beyer            ‘16       Major:  Social Work & Theater                     

Company Name/Location:  Huizenga Law Office

Position Title of Alumnus:  Social Worker

Position Description:  Our office focuses on helping aging individuals pay for long term care planning. As a social worker, I collaborate with the client's nursing home social worker and the department of human services case worker in order to make sure that the Medicaid application process goes as smoothly as possibly. I also am in charge of making applications are filled out in a timely manner and return any additional requests for information. The client also has the ability to come to me with any questions or concerns regarding resources that they may need. I have connections with many of the area agencies and often connect clients with those agencies.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                           Dates Available:  March 5- 9; 12-13, 2018

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  At Alumnus's home

What you will learn from this externship:  The student will be able to experience what it is like to be in an office that meshes different professions together in order to best serve the client. Our attorney and social work collaboration enables us to serve our aging clients better. The student will learn the basics behind Medicaid for the aging and how to successfully advocate for someone going through this process.

 

#21

Alumnus Name: Chris Rott      ‘01                   Major:  Biology Pre-Med       

Other Degrees:  Doctor of Osteopathy from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Company Name/Location:  Lake Region Health Care, Fergus Falls, MN

Position Title of Alumnus:  Orthopedic Surgeon

Position Description:  Orthopedic surgeon, seeing patients in the office and performing orthopedic surgery.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                           Dates Available:  March 3-13, 2018

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  At Alumnus's home

What you will learn from this externship:  The life of a physician and especially orthopedic surgeon.

Additional Information:  Active in medical missions, previous SOS and SSP participant while at NWC.

 

#22

Alumnus Name: Steven Locker           ‘85                   Major:  Biology Pre-Med       

Other Degrees:  Doctor of Medicine from University of Iowa, College of Medicine

Company Name/Location:  Orange City Area Health System, Orange City, IA

Position Title of Alumnus:  General Surgeon

Position Description:  General surgeon, seeing patients in the office and performing general surgery.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                           Dates Available:  March 3-13, 2018

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  On NWC campus or check with CDC

What you will learn from this externship:  The life of a physician and especially a general surgeon.

 

#23

Alumnus Name: Carrie Blaha    ‘10                Major:  Nursing         

Company Name/Location:  Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo, IA

Position Title of Alumnus:  Pediatric RN

Position Description:  I give nursing care to children days old to age 18 in an acute care setting.

Length of Stay:  3 days                                              Dates Available:  March 3- 13, 2018

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  At Alumnus's home

What you will learn from this externship:  He or she will be able to find out what nursing at night is like (I'm a night shifter!), how it is to work 12 hour shifts and what a first nursing job out of school might be like since most new nurses who work in hospitals end up on nights or evenings. March is also the time when our busy respiratory season is winding down, so the student has a decent probability of observing some very sick kids and how we manage their care and that of their families.

Additional Information:  I usually only work two 12 hour shifts per week, but I could do three if necessary.

 

Environmental

#24

Alumnus Name: Matthew Vander Molen                   ‘11       Major:  Biology                      

Company Name/Location:  Bridging the Gap

Position Title of Alumnus:  Heartland Tree Alliance-Program Associate

Position Description:  Canvas neighborhoods, co-ordinate planting workdays, plant and maintain street trees for KCMO residents who have pledged to adopt a free tree in their Right-of-Way space (means they need to water the tree for 2 years)

Length of Stay:  3 days                                              Dates Available:  March 3-13, 2018

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  At Alumnus's home

What you will learn from this externship:  A hands-on snapshot of work for an urban environmental non-profit that works to connect the environment, economy and community in the Kansas City Region.

Additional Information: https://bridgingthegap.org/about/mission/

 

#25

Alumnus Name: Christina Roelofs  ‘01       Major:  Biology - Environmental Science    

Company Name/Location:  Shelby County Conservation Board and Iowa DNR, Harlan, IA

Position Title of Alumnus:  Naturalist

Position Description:  I specialize in Environmental Education.  During the school year I am in the schools conducting educational programs teaching students about nature related topics.  Many field trips also come out to our areas.  I also do educational/recreational programs for civic groups and the public.  I take care of a small nature center that houses a variety of snakes, turtles, amphibians, insects, a tarantula, a screech owl, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, and 2 Bald Eagles.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                           Dates Available:  March 3-13, 2018

Housing Available?            Yes                  Where?  A park cabin

What you will learn from this externship:  What a Naturalist does and how to work with teachers and students, animal care, scheduling, and public relations.

 

Church Related

#26

Alumnus Name: Emily Munger           ‘07       Major:  Christian Ed & Youth ministry

Other Degrees:  MSW from Rutgers, MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary            

Company Name/Location:  First Congregational UCC

Position Title of Alumnus:  Pastor

Position Description:  As a solo pastor, I have my hand in all aspects of ministry here. We are a 200 member church, average weekly worship 80-90. Worship and sermon prep, lead bible study and youth group, head of staff and all boards, provide assistance to community members in need, race relations between whites and our native neighbors, pastoral counseling and visitation to the sick.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                           Dates Available:  March 3-13, 2018

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  At Alumnus's home

What you will learn from this externship:  I think the flow of a pastor's week and the amount of decisions to make regarding prioritizing time commitments is only something learned through doing the job, this will certainly be a glimpse. I'm also happy to let the intern have a substantial role in preparing worship that week.

Additional Information: We're a great place to come see ministry happen! I also have two young children; they will be sharing our home, so perhaps that's important information.

 

#27

Alumnus Name: Justin Karmann         ‘12       Major:  Religion/Philosophy

Other Degrees: Master of Divinity

Company Name/Location:  First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen

Position Title of Alumnus:  Associate Pastor of Youth, Family, and Missions

Position Description:  I plan youth group, attend meetings, assist in pastoral life, and hang out with the youth for Youth Group and other activities.

Length of Stay:  4 days                                  Dates Available:  March 3-13, 2018

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  At Alumnus's Home

What you will learn from this externship:  Any student who would intern with me would learn about pastoral ministry, the life of an academic pastor who focuses on social justice and youth, and seminary discernment.

 

#28

Alumnus Name:  Nathan Willems       ‘05                   Major:  Sociology                    Other Degrees:  Masters of Divinity

Company Name/Location:  Chinese Bible Church of Greater Lowell, Chelmsford, MA

Position Title of Alumnus:  Youth Pastor

Position Description:  I am a youth pastor. I do work primarily in administration and teaching, working to coordinate efforts within my church and between churches, to serve students - to help them to know and love and serve Jesus Christ.

Length of Stay:  3-5days                                      Dates Available:  March 3-13, 2018

Housing Available?           Yes                                          Where?  Alumnus's home

What you will learn from this externship:  Learn what goes into the work of a youth pastor (primarily one who has more of a role in administration than in discipleship, though that is something that is also done) in a multi-staff church. Discuss philosophy of ministry regarding work with students and inter-church partnerships. Also glad to suggest resources based on interviews independently done during a previous Sabbatical.

Additional Information:  This is an ethnic church. Students are primarily 2nd generation and are dealing with the cultural expectations of their peers and parents.

 

Aug.-Sept.--recruit Alumni Sponsors sites

October-January--advertise to and accept applications from students

January 19th @ 5pm-Application Deadline

January 31st-Announcement of student site placements.

February 15th @ 11am or February 19th @ 3pm  --Pre-externship workshop (attend only one option) Location:  Ramaker 216.

February 26th-Participants arrange your own travel by this date.

March 3rd-March 13th
--Spring Break (externship is 3-5 days within spring break agreed upon in advance between student and alumni sponsor)

All Materials Due January 19, 2018

Externship Application Form  (click here for application)
Complete and submit.

Essay Questions-(Part of the application)

  1. Why are you interested in participating in the Externship Program? What are your goals in completing this program?
  2. How do the externships that you ranked relate to your interests and studies?  How will the externship complement your remaining studies at Northwestern and influence your post-Northwestern career plans?

Resume-You are highly encouraged to have your resume reviewed by the CDC.

Unofficial Transcript
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Can be printed off of your MyNWC portal.

Waiver Form (click here for waiver)

Proof of Insurance
(click here for form)

Checklist (click for your info)

All materials should be submitted to the Career Development Center.  If you have any questions regarding this application process, please contact the CDC at 712-707-7225 or e-mail questions to kbrue@nwciowa.edu 

When will we know the externship opportunities: The list of externship opportunities for spring break is released in late October.

Do I have to have a certain GPA to apply?: Externship program requires a minimum 2.0 GPA. Students are required to be currently enrolled as a full-time student, registered for classes, and in good academic standing.

Is there funding for this program?: Due to budget constraints there are no funds for travel.  Students are responsible for travel to and from the site and any additional item they may choose to purchase.

Where will I stay during the externship?: Most of the externships include an optional homestay, usually at the alumna/us' home. However, if the homestay is available, students are not required to stay with the alumna/us. If the student declines the available homestay, it is the student's responsibility to secure lodging for the duration of the externship. Should the alumna/us not offer a homestay component the CDC will try to help secure a homestay with another alumna/us in the area.

How will I get to my externship site?: It is the responsibility of the student extern to secure transportation to and from the externship site.

How do I submit my externship application materials?: Application materials will be available on the MyNWC Portal under the Career Development tab (see Externship page).  Students must submit all components of an externship application to the Career Development Center by the appropriate deadline. Only complete applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee.

Can I apply for more than one externship?: Students apply and rank up to three externships in which they are interested.

What is expected of me if accepted:

  • One pre-externship workshop 
  • Three to five day home stay with the alumna/us
  • During your externship experience you will also be expected to write in a daily blog with a minimum of 4 submissions onto your own blog and commenting on the blogs of your fellow externs.
Do I have to set up the blog myself?: No, the CDC will set up the blog and you will learn more about how to use it, how to comment on others' blogs, and what to write during the pre-externship workshop.