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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

Alumna Name:  Katie Gard ‘08       Major:  Music Ministry; Missions Concentration                  

Other Degrees:  Master of Arts in Transformational Urban Leadership (Azusa Pacific University)

Company Name/Location:  Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association, Philadelphia, PA

Position Title of Alumna:  After School Program Coordinator

Position Description:  Work with 80 underprivileged urban youth, grades K-8, in an educational enrichment after school program setting. Our kids come from the neighborhood in which the church is situated, which is one of the most ethnically diverse in all of metro Philadelphia.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                                        Dates Available:  Any dates are fine. For the fullest experience, they should be with us on Sunday morning (11am) for church. Our after school program runs M-F 3-6pm.

Housing Available? Yes                                           Where?  Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  Get to know urban poor inner-city youth in the setting of a church doing ministry in its neighborhood. Exposure to a church with a variety of programs serving the underprivileged.

Additional Information:  Have you heard of Ron Sider (author of "Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger")? This is his home church. =) If you're into community development & "incarnational living," come join us! Shane Claiborne also lives only about 15 min away.

 

#2

Alumna Name:  Tracy Henninger-Willey      ‘87        Major:  English                Other Degrees: MA Linguistics with an emphasis in TESOL

Company Name/Location:  Lane Community College, Eugene, OR

Position Title of Alumna:  ESL Faculty, Lead Team

Position Description:  I teach English as a Second Language at a community college in Oregon. I am a lead instructor of ESL and teach in a career pathway program for Early Childhood Education instructors. I also am a Reading Trainer for the state of Oregon and facilitate online and face-to-face trainings.

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

Housing Available?            Yes                   Where: Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  If the student is interested in teaching English as a Second Language in the United States and abroad, the student will learn more about ESL as a profession. I also taught overseas as part of my Summer Service Project while at NWC and as a Missionary Intern for the Reformed Church in Taiwan after graduation.

 

#3

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 4-March 14, 2017

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).

 

#4

Alumna Name:  Jill Weitgenant      ’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 7-12th grade students. I have 7 different classes each day (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Math 7, Math 8, Consumer Math). I am also the Senior co-sponsor and National Honor Society sponsor.

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

Housing Available? Yes                                          Where?  Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  The student will learn the workings of a small school and what it means to wear many “hats.” Also, the student will see all of the behind the scenes hours that a teacher puts in.

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

 

#5

Alumna 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 Alumna:  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 6-March 10, 2017

Housing Available? Yes                                          Where?  At Alumna’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.

 

#6

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

Other Degrees: Masters of Divinity

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

Position Title of Alumna:  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-March 14, 2017

Housing Available? Yes                                          Where?  At Alumna’s Home

What you will learn from this externship:  I imagine that this experience would be best for a Catholic student at Northwestern who is interested in teaching Religious Studies, working in retreats, or doing social justice work. 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.

 

#7

Alumna Name: Tanya Woodward  ‘13       Major:  English Education     

Company Name/Location:  Kigali International Community School, Kigali, Rwanda, Africa

Position Title of Alumna:  MS/HS English teacher

Position Description:  I am a missionary educator for a Christian school in Rwanda.

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

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  They will see what life looks like living abroad and teaching in an international context.

Additional Information: They would need to be willing to pay for a plane ticket here, but everything else would be covered (food, housing etc).

 

#8

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

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

Position Title of Alumna:  Science Teacher (life sciences)

Position Description:  Teach grades 7-12 life sciences (Biology, Anatomy and physiology, Environmental Science, Health) I also coach four sports.

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

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  The in's, out's, and daily life of a high school teacher.

Additional Information: I would be happy to do whatever needs to be done to help NWC out in any way needed for prospective teachers.

 

#9

Alumna Name: Kate Bell-Miller                 ‘05       Major:  Religion

Other Degrees: M.S. College Counseling & Student Development           

Company Name/Location:  University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX

Position Title of Alumna:  Academic Advisor II

Position Description:  Review degree plans, complete graduation audits, meet with students on probation, enroll students in courses, and teach a First Year Seminar.

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

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  Working in the field of academic affairs in a non-faculty capacity.

 

#10

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

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

Position Title of Alumna:  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 6,7,13,14

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.

Additional Information:  A student could do the experience on the 8th, 9th, and 10th as well if they wanted to attend a conference during those days with me. The conference is for the Iowa Association of Naturalists and will be in Hinton, IA.  It would be a great experience for somebody wanting to go into the Naturalist/Environmental Education field.  The cost of it is usually quite reasonable - usually $50-75 which includes meals.

 

#11

Alumna Name:  Carol Van Brocklin            ’76       Major:  English

Other Degrees: Masters in Library Science

Company Name/Location:  Barnesville Public Library, Barnsville, MN

Position Title of Alumna:  Branch Librarian

Position Description:  "Right now I am the Branch Librarian in a public library. However, I spent more than 25 years working overseas as a librarian in Missionary Kids Schools in Bolivia, Ecuador and the Philippines. Life as a missionary is where I feel that I can talk with students and give them an insider’s view of what it may be like.

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

Housing Available? Yes                                          Where?  At Alumna’s Home

What you will learn from this externship:  They would learn what it is like to work on the mission field. They would also get an idea of the shift from working in a Christian organization to working in the public sector and some of the challenges of both.

 

#12

Alumna 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 Alumna:  Youth Services Librarian

Position Description:  Librarian in a suburban public library.

Length of Stay:  3-5 days                            Dates Available:  March 4-14th- Except Sundays

Housing Available? Yes                                           Where?  Alumna’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.

 

HEALTH PROFESSIONS

#13

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 4-March 14, 2017

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.

 

#14

Alumna Name: Bruce Eden                        ‘00       Major:  Music and History

Other Degrees: Registered Nurse  

Company Name/Location:  Wellbrooke of Westfield, Westfield, IN

Position Title of Alumna:  MDS Coordinator

Position Description:  I am a nurse first, but in this position I use my nursing skills to wade through nursing documentation and use that to complete documentation to Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance to get my company reimbursed.

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

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  We are a rehabilitation and long term care facility so future nurses and future business people who are looking to go into healthcare can see how a well-run facility like mine works. I don't do as much direct patient care, but I do have an interesting and important role in the business of healthcare.

 

#15

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 4-March 14, 2017-dates are tentative

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.

 

#16

Alumna Name: Casey Weerheim               ‘05       Major:  Athletic Training

Other Degrees: Doctor of Chiropractic     

Company Name/Location:  Upper Cervical of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD

Position Title of Alumna:  Owner/Chiropractor

Position Description:  I check and adjust practice members/patients.  I also market/advertise my practice. 

Length of Stay:  3 days                               Dates Available:  March 6-March 8, 2017

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  They will learn and observe how to handle a busy day of patients.  They will attend a BNI (Business Networking Group) with me.  This is meeting with other business professionals to foster a relationship to give and receive referrals.  They will learn day to day operations of the business.

 

MINISTRY RELATED

#17

Alumna 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 Alumna:  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 9-Mar 13, 2017

Housing Available? Yes                                           Where?  Alumna’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.

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

 

#18

Alumna Name:  Pete Errington      ‘97                   Major:  Sociology

Company Name/Location:  Beyond, Richardson, TX

Position Title of Alumna:  Pre-Field Training Coordinator

Position Description:  Oversee and implement comprehensive training plan to fully equip new missionaries to be effective catalysts of disciple-making movements with the potential to transform entire unreached people groups.

Length of Stay:  3-4days                                        Dates Available:  March 6-Mar 10, 2017

Housing Available?            Yes                                          Where?  Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  Student will get a taste of the workings of a home office team needed to support overseas missionaries.  They will primarily assist in my department but will get some exposure to other areas as well.  They will learn what is needed to become a missionary and some of the counter-intuitive, paradigm shifting, biblical principles that God is using to as he draws millions to himself through disciple making movements.

Additional Information:  We are primarily interested in having obedient followers of Jesus fill this externship position.  This is not limited to ministry/mission majors in any way as we have (and need) accountants, engineers, business people, medical people, statisticians, teachers, etc. all being used by God to launch disciple making movements and bring God's transformation to unreached people groups.

 

#19

Alumna Name: Emily Munger   ‘07                        Major:  Christian Education and Youth Ministry       

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

Company Name/Location:  Columbia Congregational UCC Church, Columbia, SD

Position Title of Alumna:  Reverend

Position Description:  I am a solo pastor of a small, rural church in NE South Dakota. We have a particularly unique situation as a church, in that we recently inherited a huge sum of money from a local patron. We are currently undergoing renovations and building our church rolls after a long period of spiritual drought. It is exciting to see new families in the church, and our focus on children has been a huge factor in retaining a few new families. I preach, lead meetings, visit the sick and shut-ins, prepare liturgy, coordinate all ministries of the church, and act as the secretary by writing newsletters, etc.

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

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  I think the biggest thing the student will gain from this experience is a glimpse into the rural ministry setting. I also think shadowing me will allow them to see the many diverse tasks a pastor fulfills, from sermon prep to visitation, to planning liturgy, to ensuring all lay leaders are on the ball, etc. Also if they stay with me they'll see how I balance my family life with my ministry, especially during the busy season of Lent. It would be beneficial for the student to plan to be present for a Sunday morning.

Additional Information: Any student should feel free to contact me for more specific info to see if this is an externship site that will benefit them.

 

#20

Alumna Name: Clinton Hogrefe     ‘97       Major:  Christian Education  

Other Degrees:  Masters of Divinity

Company Name/Location:  Stanton Evangelical Free Church, Stanton, NE

Position Title of Alumna:  Senior Pastor

Position Description:  I serve the Stanton Evangelical Free Church as their pastor. I disciple men through Bible Study and one on one meetings. I prepare for the ministry of the Word in teaching and preaching each Lord's Day. I meet with and council members and visitors to the church. I provide leadership and counsel to the different ministry boards within the church body.

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

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  They will learn what it is like to pastor a congregation and will be able to take an active role in the ministry of the church for a few days.

Additional Information: The church size is about 100 each Sunday. Stanton is a community of 1700 and is just 10 miles southeast of Norfolk, NE which is about 55,000.

 

#21

Alumna Name: Kevin Perez-Sas      ‘07                   Major:  Christian Ed./Youth Min.

Company Name/Location:  Transformation City Church, Milwaukee, WI

Position Title of Alumna:  Youth Pastor

Position Description:  I am the youth pastor of an urban church in Milwaukee and do Christian community development in my neighborhood. I lead youth groups, small groups, discipleship groups, and leadership development programs for 6th-12th grade students and post-high adults.

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

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’s Home

What you will learn from this externship:  The student would get a glimpse into urban youth ministry, learn about cross-cultural ministry, and learn about Christian community development.

Additional Information: Any of those dates would work, but being around on Monday-Wednesday would probably be ideal since that's when most of our programming takes place.

 

#22

Alumna Name: Rachel Fisher                     ‘10       Major:  Christian Ed and Spanish

Company Name/Location:  Open Door Mission, Omaha, NE

Position Title of Alumna:  Children & Youth Director

Position Description:  I plan and oversee all programming for our children who live on campus including our tutoring lab, afterschool programs, weekend activities, summer programming, etc.  I also am the liaison with the schools; teach a parenting class, and much more.

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

Housing Available? No                    Where?  Contact the Career Development Center

What you will learn from this externship:  I work in a homeless shelter so for a Social Work degree it is the best environment.  We work with a multitude of populations: Domestic Violence, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, LGBTQ, aging out of foster care, sex trafficking, etc.

 

#23

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 4-March 14, 2017

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.

 

 

 

BUSINESS/INDUSTRY

#24

Alumna Name: Herman Wu   ‘91    Major:  Computer Science    

Company Name/Location:  APL Logistics, Hong Kong, China

Position Title of Alumna:  Manager, Technology Solutions, North Asia

Position Description:  We are a well-known global logistics company, Head-Quarter in Singapore. I am based in Hong Kong. Our majority clients are global retailers/consumers/brands like Kmart, Nike, New Balance, Esprit, Dupont, Harman, Emerson, and Toy's r Us, etc. I work in the Technology Solutions department which owns a few companies’ worldwide systems/applications. The systems that I am in charge of are Barcoding and ASN technology related applications used by manufacturers as well as our internal staffs. In addition, I will join the Business Development teams to bid for new opportunities/RFPs.

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

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  Logistics related technologies and systems. Some warehouse management system knowledge; the mainland China cultures.

Additional Information: I live in Shenzhen city of Mainland China while working in Hong Kong. Therefore, he/she may need to travel between the 2 cities every day for work, and a China Visa is required for the student to enter into Mainland China as well. I may need an approval from the company for this arrangement, not 100% sure if this is possible but I will try.

 

#25

Alumna Name: Jeannine Bryant   ‘04         Major:  Communications       

Other Degrees:  MA in English/Great Plains Studies

Company Name/Location:  Changing Spaces SRS, Lincoln, NE

Position Title of Alumna:  Owner

Position Description:  I am the owner and operator of a senior move management company in Lincoln, NE. We help seniors and their families during times of transitions. We help clients to sort, decide, pack, manage move day, unpack, and organize their new home. We then help them clear out the contents left at their old residence, by selling, donating, and disposing of what's left. We provide senior relocation, with peace of mind. The company was started in 2008 and has grown to over 20 employees, assisting over 100 clients each year.

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

Housing Available? No                   Where?  Contact the Career Dev Center

What you will learn from this externship:  They will get insight into the world of working with seniors and entrepreneurship.

 

#26

Mentor Name: Debbie Reynolds               

Company Name/Location:  Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins

Position Title of Alumna:  Innkeeper

Position Description:  Own and operate a Bed and Breakfast Inn and Cabin rentals. Manage reservations, concierge, cook, clean, do the marketing, bookkeeping, and pretty much anything that needs to be done around here.

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

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  At the lodge

What you will learn from this externship:  They will learn first-hand what it's like to run a Bed and Breakfast Inn. They will assist with cooking, cleaning, and get an intro to taking reservations and marketing.

Additional Information:  We are a Mom and Pop business, but do have 2 part time staff members. We work hard and take great pride in our business and how hard we work. We have been running this business for nearly 15 years and have had success, and have been able to survive during lean times by being business savvy. We are a Christian family and strive to make the focus of running our business a ministry to serve and be an example of Christ's love and grace to all the guests who walk through our doors.

 

#27

Alumna Name:  Ansley Lovgren     ’11       Major:  Computer science

Company Name/Location:  Prime Therapeutics, Eagan, MN

Position Title of Alumna:  Associate Project Manager

Position Description:  I manage projects for our IT security department. I do a variety of things from holding status meetings, attending project review meetings, look at finances and budgets, and coordinating resources.

Length of Stay:  3 days                                           Dates Available:  March 6-March 10, 2017

Housing Available? Yes                                          Where?  With alumna church members

What you will learn from this externship:  The student would see how parts of IT function and learn how to manage time and prioritize.

Additional Information:  There is a wide variety of project management jobs at the company and I could line up meetings with other project managers.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

#28

Alumna Name: Ryan Pendell          ‘07       Major:  Philosophy

Company Name/Location:  Silicon Prairie News, Omaha, NE

Position Title of Alumna:  Managing Editor

Position Description:  I am editor for a daily online news site that covers tech startups across the region. I am involved with writing, editing and publishing stories, as well as general management.

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

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  With friends/family of Alumna

What you will learn from this externship:  The overall functioning of a small online media site--our basic processes, audience analytics, social promotion, story templates, editorial work, freelancers, etc.

 

#29

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 team responsible for all digital touch points of Steelcase's Coalesse brand, including website and social media.

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

Housing Available? No                    Where?  Contact the Career Development Center

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.

 

#30

Alumna Name: Jennifer Vander Molen      ‘99       Major:  History and Spanish

Company Name/Location:  The Colossian Forum, Grand Rapids, MI

Position Title of Alumna:  Manager of Communications

Position Description:  Direct, implement, and provide strategic vision for all communication elements. This includes day-to-day things like a newsletter, annual report, monthly prayer letters, fundraising materials, and social media. I also am part of the team responsible for nationally launching The Colossian Way, our small group curriculum project, and all the related marketing plans, budgets, strategies, and communications.

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

Housing Available? Yes                   Where?  At Alumna’s Home

What you will learn from this externship:  You'll get a picture of the big and small items that fill up a nonprofit communication manager's day. You'll also get to sit in on the big discussions with our incredibly bright staff, who are on the front edge of helping the church with divisive cultural conflict (because we all know the church does conflict SO well).

Additional Information: Our office is in a cool building downtown Grand Rapids with lots of opportunities for urban exploration (and catching Pokemon if that's your game).

 

#31

Alumna Name: David Harding       ‘90                   Major:  English

Other Degrees: Secondary Education Endorsement

Company Name/Location:  Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk, Colorado Springs, CO

Position Title of Alumna:  Manager of Correspondence Department

Position Description:  I manage a team of writers and phone operators who reply to emails, social media contacts, and phone calls from people who are seeking marriage and family advice. 

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

Housing Available?            Yes                  Where?  At Alumna’s home

What you will learn from this externship:  The student will learn about a Christian ministry operates and how my team discerns our customers' needs and the different ways we can assist them.  It's basically very high touch customer service/counseling by mail and on the phone. 

Additional Information: I work at the ministry Dr. Dobson started when he left Focus on the Family (I worked there for several years, too).

 

LAW

 

#32

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 4-March 9, 2017

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.

 

#33

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:  March4-March 14, 2017

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.

Aug.-Sept.--recruit Alumni Sponsors sites

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

January 20th @ 5pm-Application Deadline

January 31st-Announcement of student site placements.

February 13th @ 3pm or February 16th @ 11am--Pre-externship workshop (attend only one option) Location:  Ramaker 216.

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

March 4th-March 14th
--Spring Break (externship is 3-5 days within spring break agreed upon in advance between student and alumni sponsor)

All Materials Due January 20, 2017

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.