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#

Alumna 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 Alumna:  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 2-March 12, 2019

Housing Available?            Yes                  Where?  At Alumna’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).

 

#2

Alumna 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 Alumna:  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 2-12, 2019

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’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.

 

 

#3

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

Company Name/Location:  Essex CSD, Essex, IA

Position Title of Alumna:  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 2-12, 2019

Housing Available?    Yes                                          Where?  Alumna’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.

 

#4

Alumna 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 Alumna:  Spanish Teacher

Position Description:  Spanish 1/2/3/4/5 (Spanish 4 is a CAPP course – for college credits through the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh).  

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                       Dates Available:  March 2-12, 2019

Housing Available?  Yes         Where?  Alumna’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. In addition to TPRS I am implementing a standards-based grading system designed for Foreign Language (new this year!).

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.

 

#5

Alumna 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 Alumna:  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 11-12, 2019

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. 

#6

Alumna Name:  Jessica Moulding      Major:  Elementary Education

Other Degrees: School Leadership

Company Name/Location:  Teach Beyond- Arbor Christian Academy, San Francisco de Macoris Dominican Republic

Position Title of Alumna:  School Director and 2nd Grade Teacher

Position Description:  I am the school director and second grade teacher of a new Christian school in the Dominican Republic. Our program blends U.S. and Dominican standards and is an English immersion environment.

Length of Stay:  3-10 days                                          Dates Available:  March 2-12, 2019

Housing Available?    Yes                                          Where? 

What you will learn from this externship:  The student will have the chance to learn what it looks like to provide quality education in a missionary context. They will be able to see the tasks necessary in leadership and also those needed for classroom teaching. They will be able to experience the blending of cultures and experience what it is to work as a missionary.

Additional Information:  TeachBeyond has representation in schools all across the globe. For any student looking to use their gifts in education abroad, this would give them a taste of what that looks like while connecting them with an organization that could take them all over the globe.

 

#7

Alumna Name: Kevin Brasser ‘85       Major:  Biology-Secondary Education Endorsement

Other Degrees: Chemistry minor; National Certification AYA Science

Company Name/Location:  South O'Brien High School, Paulina, IA

Position Title of Alumna:  Science Teacher (life sciences)

Position Description:  I teach grade nine Biology, grade 11-12 Anatomy & Physiology, grade 11-12 Environmental Sciences, and Jr Hi Health Exploratory. I also

coach jr hi football, boys basketball, girls basketball, track, and baseball. I lead our Fellowship of Christian Athletes, am a teacher mentor, and serve on the NWC Education Board.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                Dates Available:  March 4- 8, 11-12 2019

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  An introduction to the life and times of a high school science teacher. I will not be coaching during this time period. The ins and outs of what a teacher does, our schedule, our activities. The student will be able to come see what we do. This would resemble "Early Field" experience.

 

#8

Alumna Name: Lindsey Helmers        ‘83       Major:  Elementary Education, Phys. Ed.

Other Degrees: Masters in Curriculum and Leadership

Company Name/Location:  Sibley-Ocheyedan Elementary, Sibley, IA

Position Title of Alumna:  Instructional Coach

Position Description:  I serve our school as an instructional coach for grades pre-school through sixth. I work in all subject areas. I support teachers to help them improve their instruction in all subject areas. I am also a part of the assessment team and help teachers use the data to make decisions for interventions. I work closely with our principal to help ensure student success and teacher quality.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                Dates Available:  March 4- 8, 11-12 2019

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  Female: with alumna’s sister; male: contact CDC

What you will learn from this externship:  Since I spend my time working with teachers in Pre-school through sixth grade, a student would have the opportunity to find out what takes place at different grade levels. The most important aspect of my job is my role as a teacher leader. This is vital for students to know about as teacher leadership is crucial for the success of a school district. It is also a role that is becoming more and more common in all schools, both large and small. I spend time problem solving, goal setting, assessing, collaborating, researching, etc. Communication skills are a key part of my job and something that would be important for a student to realize the importance of good communication skills.

Additional Information: We are a school that practices APL. I work in both the elementary (PS-4) and middle school (5-6) settings. Our school district has approximately 55 students per grade level (3 sections of each grade).

 

#9

Alumna Name: Julie Oldenkamp        ‘01       Major:  Physical Education and Health, K-12

Other Degrees: Masters degree in School Counseling

Company Name/Location:  Sioux Center High School, Sioux Center, IA

Position Title of Alumna:  High School Counselor

Position Description:  I am a high school counselor (grades 9-12) in Sioux Center at the High School. I work with a variety of students in the areas of academic needs, personal social, as well as career planning. I support the overall staff by monitoring students.

Length of Stay:  3 days                                   Dates Available:   TBD but March 2-8, 11-12, 2019

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  On NWC campus in the apartments

What you will learn from this externship:  Students in undergrad majors of education or psychology could see an option for a career field with a master’s degree.

 

#10

Alumna Name:  Travis Kooima           ’05       Major:  Business Administration & Physical Education

Other Degrees:  Masters in Sports Management

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

Position Title of Alumna:  Activities Director/physical ed teacher

Position Description:  I am in charge of all activities and event management and also teach in the physical education department.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                    Dates Available:  March 2-12, 2019

Housing Available?  Yes         Where?  NWC apartments on campus

What you will learn from this externship:  They will learn about the administration work done on the activities side of the education world.

#11

Alumna Name:  John Top       ‘08       Major:     Business Education       

Other Degrees:  Religion minor

Company Name/Location:  Southwest MN Christian, Edgerton, MN

Position Title of Alumna:  Director of Learning/Principal

Position Description:  School Administration: I serve as the PK-12 Director of Learning for Southwest MN Christian Schools. In that role, I am also the building principal for our PK-8 building.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                       Dates Available:  March 4-8, 11-12, 2019

Housing Available?  Yes         Where?  At Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  Student would gain a bird's eye view of educational systems. As a potential teacher or admin, a student would be able to experience the many facets that are required of school administrators. We are a private school. 272 students (PK-8). 380 students (PK-12).

#12

Alumna Name:  Elizabeth Lorenz       ‘05      Major:     Elementary Education      

Other Degrees:  ESL Endorsement

Company Name/Location:  Millard Public Schools, Omaha, NE

Position Title of Alumna:  Teacher

Position Description:  I teach kindergarten at a Title I school. Our school is also an ESL site with a high refugee population.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                       Dates Available:  March 4-8, 11-12, 2019

Housing Available?  Yes         Where?  At Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  Our school has a variety of programs that many schools do not have. We host the Behavior Skills program, we have preschool, special education, ESL, and a very diverse population at our school. The student would learn how to reach students of varying abilities from diverse backgrounds that you would not see in Orange City.

 

LAW

#13

Alumna Name: Sarah Graham       ‘09                   Major:  Political Science

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

Position Title of Alumna:  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 2-March 12, 2019

Housing Available?            Yes                  Where?  At Alumna’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.

 

#14

Alumna 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 Alumna:  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 2-12, 2019

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’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

Alumna Name: Brett Brown               ‘07                   Major:  Business Administration                   

Other Degrees: Juris Doctor; LL.M. in Corporate Law and Finance

Company Name/Location:  Vertex Software, LLC

Position Title of Alumna:  Corporate Counsel

Position Description:  I run the legal department and software security department of a startup in Ames, Iowa.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                            Dates Available:  March 2-12, 2019

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  In-house counsel experience; Start-up life and how a company goes from zero customers to grow. I'm on the leadership team so they will get to experience how decisions are made for a company.

Additional Info:  I work for a software company that is B2B. The owner of my company started Workiva, Inc. before Vertex. I believe Workiva now has over a billion dollar valuation.

 

BUSINESS/INDUSTRY 

#16

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

Other Degrees:  Architecture, and Building Conservation

Company Name/Location:  New York State University Construction Fund

Position Title of Alumna:  Associate Project Coordinator and Preservation Architect

Position Description: Manage capital projects for assigned campuses from execution of a consultant agreement through the Design and Construction Phases to project completion.

Length of Stay:  3 days                                           Dates Available:  March 2-12, 2019

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’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.

 

#17

Alumna Name:  Sherrie Willson   ‘98         Major:  English          

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

Position Title of Alumna:  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 2-12, 2019

Housing Available? Yes                 Where?  Alumna’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.

 

#18

Alumna Name: Trent Sorbe   ‘93       Major:  Business Admin and Political Science           

Company Name/Location:  Central Payment, Dell Rapids, SD

Position Title of Alumna:  President

Position Description:  Central Payments is charged with managing all of the credit, debit, and prepaid card issuing nationwide for Central Bank of Kansas City. We manage CBKC's programs offered through third party Service Providers (“CBKC-Sponsored Programs”) and programs offered directly by CBKC without the involvement of Service Providers (“CBKC-Managed Programs”). About Central Bank of Kansas City: CBKC is a 60 plus-year-old family-owned Bank located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri. We are one of approximately 100 financial institutions in the country certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (“CDFI”) and have enjoyed this designation since 1998. A CDFI takes on as its mission a focus on delivering services to a demographic that has historically not enjoyed the benefits of affordable and accessible financial products. About Central Payments: In 2012, Central Bank of Kansas City formed Central Payments to lead the bank's entry into the rapidly growing prepaid card industry. CBKC chose to enter the prepaid card industry because of the significant and projected growth, the potential to attract low-cost deposits to fuel CBKC’s continued growth, and the opportunity to complement our CDFI mission by offering affordable transaction accounts to people of modest means.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                            Dates Available:  March 2-March 12, 2019

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  There are a lot of NWC alumni in the SF area. My home won't work well because I live in Brookings which is a bit of a distance from my office.

What you will learn from this externship:  The student will be exposed to: - the prepaid card business model, understanding the players and sources of revenue and expenses;  the significant regulatory compliance requirements associated with nationwide card issuing; how we work with and oversee third party outsourced relationships and vendors; and  marketing strategies used to fuel cardholder acquisition and adoption.

Additional Information: As a Community Development Financial Institution (“CDFI”), CBKC and Central Payments take on as their mission a focus on delivering services to a demographic that has historically not enjoyed the benefits of affordable and accessible financial products. Since inception, we have been committed to developing and offering products and services that are responsive to the unique needs of the neighborhoods we serve. Due to our steadfast commitment to value for the low- and moderate-income consumer, we have earned a national reputation for excellence in serving the LMI community. Our CRA rating of “Outstanding” (which we have maintained since 1995), is a reflection of our view that it is a privilege to be a CDFI and to serve the nation's most urban and historic neighborhoods.

 

#19

Alumna Name: Bryce Book    ‘10                   Major:  Accounting                 Other Degrees:  Masters of Business Administration

Company Name/Location:  MidAmerican Energy, Sioux City, IA

Position Title of Alumna:  Supervisor of Gas Transportation and Special Projects

Position Description:  The supervisor of gas transportation and special projects supervises preparation of all gas transportation and contract customer invoices, and preparation of related reports. Responsible for developing, maintaining, and enforcing MEC's gas transportation tariffs, online gas transportation billing system, customer telemetry system and department budget. Develop comprehensive project plans, lead and coordinate project activities associated with the company's business processes.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                            Dates Available:  March 7th-March 14, 2015

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’s home or with another alumna

What you will learn from this externship:  The student will learn how accounting, finance, natural gas, project management, management, regulatory and analysis all fit into one position. Time will be spent learning the natural gas business in addition to learning about MidAmerican Energy Company.

Additional Information:  The energy sector is rapidly changing and it is an exciting time to enter the workforce in energy, including natural gas. MidAmerican Energy will turn over its workforce rapidly in the next ten to fifteen years - now is the time to network and gain experience.

 

#20

Alumna Name: Carrie Vander Schaaf ‘10                   Major:  Accounting                

Other Degrees:  Spanish minor

Company Name/Location:  Promise Community Health Center, Sioux Center, IA

Position Title of Alumna:  Financial Assistant

Position Description:  Prepare monthly financial statements & provide a financial analysis to the CEO/CFO -Compile documentation for annual financial audit - Accounts Payable & Patient Refunds -Review daily patient payments for bank deposit -Establish contracts with patients who elect a home birth & review medical billing of home birth patient accounts -Back-up to Claims Administrator during periods of leave.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days        Dates Available:  March 4-8 & 11-12, 2019 (busiest 7,8,11,12)

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  NWC campus apartments

What you will learn from this externship:  -Real life application of accounting principles & various aspects of accounting (financial statement preparation, accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash, productivity report, etc.) -Experience in the accounting field in a setting other than public accounting -Professionalism of interacting with patients/clients & third parties -Importance of confidentiality & ways to implement it -Opportunity for discussion with management (CEO/CFO).

Additional Information:  Promise Community Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that makes healthcare accessible to all income levels. Promise CHC offers medical, dental, vision, & behavioral health services.

 

#21

Alumna Name: Emily DeVries            ‘06     Major:  Business-marketing/Communications

Other Degrees:  Master of Business

Company Name/Location:  Pella Corporation, Pella, IA

Position Title of Alumna:  Product Specialist

Position Description:  As part of the product management team, I develop and launch innovative products in the window and door industry. This includes driving product, channel and customer support strategy and working cross-functionally to deliver comprehensive marketing campaigns to both internal and external audiences.

Length of Stay:  3-4 days                                           Dates Available:  March 4-8, 11-12, 2019

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  Check with Career Dev Center

What you will learn from this externship:  We're a window and door industry leader, challenging ourselves to do better every day. You will see first hand not only what we do in product devopment, but how all of Pella's marketing functions (segment marketing, marketing communications, digital, etc.) come together to support our product launches. Additionally, you'll gain cross-functional exposure to sales, engineering, manufacturing and IT. Learn more about what it's like to work at Pella here: https://www.pella.com/careers/

Additional Information:  I work with a lot of different areas, so I could likely tailor the experience to that student’s interests. Pella is a really great company and I’d love to get more students an inside look at what we do. Learn more about who Pella is and what it's like to work here: https://www.pella.com/careers/

 

#22

Alumna Name: Ryan Pendell              ‘07     Major:  Philosophy

Company Name/Location:  Gallup, Omaha, NE

Position Title of Alumna:  Writer

Position Description:  I write articles and perspective papers related to Gallup’s research on workplaces.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                           Dates Available:  March 4-8, 11-12, 2019

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  ?  At Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  What it is like to work in a corporate environment and what it is like to be a business writer

Additional Information:  I spend a fair amount of my day writing. I can share a lot about my process but after a couple days it may be boring to watch me write? Either make it a short externship or have something to read/write. (You may also be able to do informational interviews with other people in the company well).

 

#23

Alumna Name: Andrew Hugen       ‘02                   Major:  Business Administration

Other Degrees:  MBA - University of Southern California

Company Name/Location:  The Boeing Company, Long Beach, CA

Position Title of Alumna:  Estimating & Pricing Senior Manager

Position Description:  I lead a team of estimators and pricers who support proposals for commercial airline customers in the areas of modifications and spare parts.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                        Dates Available:  March 2-12, 2019

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  With extended family, alumni or other friends

What you will learn from this externship:  The student will get a look into the life of a manager at Boeing, the #1 aerospace company in the world!  They will be exposed to my day to day routine as well as any special meetings that may occur during the week they are here.  I will walk them around and introduce them to other team members and various executives that I work with and have opportunities to job shadow them as well. I will give them an overview of how my career has developed in my time with the company and offer any career advice the student may be looking for. 

Additional Information:  California in March is a great time of year to visit!  I can help connect them with various alumni in the area in case they want to think about moving out to the west coast after college.

 

MINISTRY

#24

Alumna Name: Megan Hodgin           ‘06     Major:  Theatre

Other Degrees:  Master of Divinity

Company Name/Location:  First Reformed Church of Scotia, Scotia, New York

Position Title of Alumna:  Senior Pastor

Position Description:  It is my privilege to serve as the Senior Pastor of First Reformed Church of Scotia. This role includes preaching and leading worship weekly, supervising all of our church staff, leading the Consistory (Elders and Deacons), teaching and counseling, as well as visiting the homebound and sick. My greatest joys in this role include discerning a clear and compelling vision for ministry and mission, together with the lay leaders of the congregation, and equipping the congregation to live missional lives.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                           Dates Available:  March 2-12, 2019

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  Students will experience the rhythms of the pastoral life - study, worship planning, care visits, meetings with staff and ministry teams, and more - in a multi-staff, mid-sized congregation located in Upstate New York. Students who are interested are welcome to participate in the leadership of a worship service. There will also be opportunities to experience the Albany Regional Synod ministries, as their office is located nearby. A visit to Upstate New York will expose students to ministry in a largely "post-church" culture, which presents unique challenges and blessings to our mission of loving God and neighbor.

Additional Information:  I am happy to welcome students into my home during their externship. They will have their own bedroom and bathroom. I do, however, have a small dog. If allergies are a problem, we can secure alternate housing.

 

#25

Alumna Name: Sara Sutter     ‘02     Major:  Humanities

Other Degrees:  Master of Divinity

Company Name/Location:  United Presbyterian Church, Goldfield, IA

Position Title of Alumna:  Minister

Position Description:  I prepare and lead worship services weekly on Sundays and also in care centers. I make pastoral care visits, participate and lead a variety of committees, and have responsibilities with Sunday school. I also lead Bible study and confirmation class.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                           Dates Available:  March 2-12, 2019

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  Rural ministry is vital to the church. I'd be glad to host an externship so students might consider the path to ordained ministry. (I'm glad to mentor or just chat with anyone--particularly women-- considering youth ministry, ordained ministry, or other vocational ministry.)

 

#26

Alumna 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 Alumna:  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 2-12, 2019

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’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. We're in Pierre, the Capitol City of South Dakota, so you could potentially gain a better understanding of the role politics and church plays in our community.

#27

Alumna Name: Johnny Venegas        ‘16       Major:  Music Ministry

Company Name/Location:  GraceHill Church, Omaha, NE

Position Title of Alumna:  Worship Arts Director

Position Description:  As the worship Arts Director at a new growing church plant I'm in charge of the following areas: Music, Tech, and Media Production. The lead pastor and I work together to create the Sunday morning worship experience. My job is to create anything that is arts related like music, videos, or the experience on social media. I work with a team of 50 volunteers that make up the Worship Arts Team at GraceHill. Some of the positions on this team are: worship leaders/musicians, sound tech, projection tech, producers, social media producers, livestream producer, etc. My job is to train, and schedule the people on this team and any future volunteers. A big part of my job is to recruit more volunteers. As a church plant we started this team with less than 10 volunteers and now we are a little over 50 volunteers in just two years.

Length of Stay:  3 days                                               Dates Available:  March 2-7, 9-12 2019

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  They will learn what it takes to be a worship director/Pastor in a fast growing church plant. They will learn everything from technology to theology--- and why GraceHill functions the way we do. We are a very contemporary, passionate young church who also embraces tradition. We love our city and we truly live out our calling of loving God and others.

Additional Information: We are a church plant. We are two years old and worship a little over 300 people on a Sunday. We do not have a permanent worship location but we do have office space at the church that planted us. Most of our church is from the ages 20-40. Our church also has over 60 little ones and many who are expecting. So we aren't your typical church. Our worship service is designed for the entire family. Kids worship with their parents and step out during the message for kid’s church.  I'm available any of these days except for March 8. It would also be best to have the date be on a Sunday in order to get the whole experience.

 

#28

Alumna Name: Amy Keahi     ‘97       Major:  Social Work

Company Name/Location:  ATLAS, Sioux Center, IA

Position Title of Alumna:  Director

Position Description:  At ATLAS, we walk alongside hurting people and share the love of Jesus with them. As the director, I'm in charge of communication, board meetings, overseeing staff, staff meetings, building relationships with the community, and some 1:1 meetings with those who are hurting. Staff mentors in our office are there to provide a listening ear, to love those who are hurting, to help find solutions and to pray with clients.

Length of Stay:  3 days                       Dates Available:  March 4-7, 11, or 12, 2019

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  NWC campus apartments

What you will learn from this externship:  How to do work/life balance. What ministry looks like. What a Social Worker (or related field) can experience on a daily basis. How to share Jesus in a ministry or secular work environment. How to meet people in difficult circumstances and how to respond to difficult things.

Additional Information: Website: http://www.atlasofsiouxcenter.org/

 

#29

Alumna Name: Stephanie Unick                    ‘03                   Major:  History

Other Degrees: Law & Nonprofit management

Company Name/Location:  CEF Central Nebraska, Kearney, NE

Position Title of Alumna:  Local Coordinator

Position Description:  I oversee Bible clubs held in public schools, and outdoors in the summer. I partner with churches to find volunteer teams and financing to keep our organization viable.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                      Dates Available:  March 2-March 12, 2019

Housing Available?            Yes                  Where?  At Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  They will learn how to handle large groups of volunteers, and how to run a nonprofit. They will also learn how to effectively evangelize children.

Additional Information:  We are located in 206 countries of the world, and have existed for 81 years in the US. Externships could turn into longer jobs and careers later.

 

#30

Alumna Name: Jamie Richards          ‘09       Major:  Christian Ed & Youth Ministry

Company Name/Location:  Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines, IA

Position Title of Alumna:  Young Adult Minister

Position Description:  I oversee all young adult ministry at Lutheran Church of Hope’s young adult ministry at the West Des Moines campus. We have a weekly worship service for young adults (college age through 30s) as well as other ministry opportunities throughout the week.

Length of Stay:  3-4 days                    Dates Available:  March 2-12, 2019

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  In church leader home

What you will learn from this externship:  An inside look at ministry in a large church setting (Hope is actually considered a mega church), seeing one option for what young adult ministry could look like, opportunity to connect with multiple other NWC grads – both on staff at Hope and that attend the young adult ministry, and learning from a woman in ministry.

 

#31

Alumna Name: Cory Moss      ‘00       Major:  Christian Education

Other Degrees: Masters of Divinity

Company Name/Location:  Heartland Hospice, Rochester, MN

Position Title of Alumna:  Spiritual Care Coordinator

Position Description:  I visit with patients, families, and caregivers enrolled on our services, assessing and providing for their spiritual needs. These persons are from all faith backgrounds and various religious and non-religious expressions. I also provide education on end of life and hospice services and coordinate care with the hospice interdisciplinary team (doctors, nurses, aides, social workers, volunteer coordinator, and a bereavement coordinator).

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                    Dates Available:  March 4-8, 11-12, 2019

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  In church leader home

What you will learn from this externship:  The student will learn what Christian ministry looks like in a hospice medical environment. Furthermore, the student will learn how ordained clergy can work amongst and with other individuals from various professional and religious backgrounds to address the needs of hospice patients, their families and the caregivers.

Addition Info:  Heartland Hospice, part of the HCR Manorcare and ProMedica groups, is the third largest provider of hospice in the nation. Our particular office is in Rochester, Minnesota and services the SE 16 counties of Minnesota.

 

#32

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

Other Degrees: Master of Divinity

Company Name/Location:  First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen

Position Title of Alumna:  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 2-12, 2019

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’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.

 

HEALTH/SCIENCE

#33

Alumna 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 Alumna:  General Surgeon

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

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                            Dates Available:  March 2-12, 2019

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  On NWC campus

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

 

#34

Alumna 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 Alumna:  Orthopedic Surgeon

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

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                            Dates Available:  March 2-12, 2019

Housing Available?    Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’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.

 

#35

Alumna Name: Allison Tenge             ‘02                   Major:  Chemistry      

Company Name/Location:  3M, Maplewood, MN

Position Title of Alumna:  Advanced Analytical Chemist

Position Description:  I perform method development, method validation, and stability testing using instruments such as HPLC, UPLC, GC, and Dissolution baths. I also do data review and technical writing.

Length of Stay:  3 days                                               Dates Available:  March 4-8, 2019

Housing Available?    Yes       Where?  At Alumna’s home, relative’s home, or other alumna

What you will learn from this externship:  3M is a great Minnesota company with a long history. People always think of tape and post-it notes but I work in a department where we make pharmaceutical products and file submissions to the FDA. It’s not a fast process but interesting and fun.

Additional Information:  I live in a Stillwater MN with husband, 2 kids, and our dog and lizards. 3M is a fun place for testing if you have the right skill set. I have been a contract worker at 3M before as well as have worked at 2 other companies testing in my career.

Aug.-Sept.--recruit Alumni Sponsors sites

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

January 25th @ 5pm-Application Deadline

February 8th-Announcement of student site placements.

February 18th @ 3pm or February 21st @ 11am  --Pre-externship workshop (attend only one option) Location:  Ramaker 216.

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

March 2nd-March 12th
--Spring Break (externship is 3-5 days within spring break agreed upon in advance between student and alumni sponsor)

All Materials Due January 25, 2019

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.