Information for Prospective Hosts

Alumni Board Externships give you the opportunity to support UChicago’s talented students as they launch their careers. During an externship, undergraduate students shadow an employer host at their place of work for 1-5 days. This program offers you the chance to connect with high-achieving students at no cost. This is a fantastic opportunity to mentor students interested in your career field and maybe even find your next intern!

Please note that students wish to extern around the world in a variety of industries: you do not need to be based in or around Chicago to participate. Typically, we see the highest volume of applicants looking for positions in or around major metro areas.

Previous hosts include: Amazon, the American Medical Association, the Art Institute of Chicago, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, DigitasLBi, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Google, Morgan Stanley, the Museum of Contemporary Art, POLITICO, and many more.

Alumni Board Externships are unpaid, and students are responsible for arranging and paying for their own travel, housing, meals, etc.


2017–2018 Program Dates


Winter: December 11–15, 2017

Spring: March 19–23, 2018

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are externships paid?

No, hosts are not required to pay their externs. Externs are responsible for arranging and paying for their own travel, housing, meals, etc.

Do I need to host all 5 days?

No. Scheduling is at the host's discretion. We do ask that you schedule the extern for long enough to get a substantive view of your career field, but the externship can last anywhere from 1 to 5 days.

Do I have to provide housing or transportation to the extern?

Students are responsible for finding their own housing, transportation to the externship site, and for all costs related to the externship.

My work involves confidential information. How do you handle these situations?

If necessary, students can be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement. The externship can also be designed so that it only involves non-confidential activities.

How is a student selected for my externship?

Students are matched to a host based on their indicated industry and location preferences. Students are only offered one externship.

What should I have my extern do?

The specific activities involved in an externship vary between host sites, but some common ones include:

  1. Giving your extern a tour of the facility
  2. Sharing your career history with the extern
  3. Discussing the extern's career interests and questions
  4. Providing an overview of your organization's operations and staff divisions
  5. Inviting the extern to observe meetings, conference calls, and other events
  6. Reviewing the extern's resume, LinkedIn profile, and other professional development materials
  7. Arranging informational interviews for the extern with your colleagues
  8. Assigning small projects to the extern

Essentially, any activity that gives your student a tangible sense of daily life in your field is suitable for an externship.

Once I am assigned an extern, how will I be put in touch with them?

We will send your extern an e-mail with your preferred contact information. Your extern will then contact you to begin discussing the externship logistics.

Can I arrange for my extern to spend time with people other than me?

Absolutely! We encourage hosts to give a broad view of the professional roles available in their organization and industry. Students also appreciate the opportunity to expand their professional network.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Ruthie Robinson at