The Boston Externship Program is a one-week career exploration and networking opportunity over the course of spring break in March.  This professional development opportunity will be available only for first-year students, and will also include multiple preparation meetings with the Career Development Center. During spring break, we will visit approximately 12-15 different sites within the Boston area. This program is the only opportunity of its kind. It is designed for highly motivated first-year students looking to explore the various career opportunities available upon graduation from Stonehill.

 Through this program, you will be able to:

  • Explore companies in a variety of industries as well as different types of positions/occupations
  • Learn from the stories of successful Stonehill Alumni working in the Greater Boston Area and understand how a Stonehill education can be applied in real world settings
  • Practice communicating in a professional environment and delivering a strong elevator pitch
  • Increase knowledge and comfort with career readiness topics, including writing effective resumes and cover letters, applying for internships, interviewing, networking, and professional etiquette
  • Begin to identify and articulate your unique skills, strengths and interests

Timeline

November - Students interested in applying must submit a resume and cover letter detailing why you would like to participate in the Boston externship program. You should also include what types of organizations/careers you are interested in exploring. The documents are to be uploaded into Handshake.

November and December - Applications are reviewed beginning in November. Selected applicants will receive an interview, and final selections are announced after the interview stage. The first meeting occurs just prior to winter break.

Winter Break - Participants will begin to identify and schedule informational interviews or job shadows with at least five connections in the Boston area. 

January and February - Participants will conduct informational interviews in the Beacon Hill area and secure interviews during the Boston week. Group meetings will be scheduled as needed to monitor student progress.

Spring Break – Participants will travel to Boston to complete informational interviews. From Monday to Friday, participants are required to have scheduled at least five informational interviews/job shadows. The trip concludes Friday.

Housing

Boston Externship participants will live at Stonehill College over spring break.

Food

Breakfasts- On the first day, bagels and coffee will be provided in the Kruse Center. Students will be asked to provide their own breakfast on all other days. Students will be able to purchase food that can be consumed in the residence halls as well as use cash/Hill Dollars at nearby off-campus locations such as Panera, Starbucks, Back Bay Bagel, etc.

Lunches- Lunches will mainly be provided through site visits. Occasionally, students will need to pay for their lunch at quick-service establishments.

Dinners- Stonehill College will provide two dinners to the group during the week. On the nights that are not covered, students will be responsible for food on their own.

Transportation

Transportation will be provided from Stonehill to Boston and back each day. During the day, students will ride the T. All transportation costs will be paid for by Stonehill.

Application/Selection

Eight first-year students will be selected to participate in the Boston Externship Program. All interested applicants must apply via Handshake by the November 20 deadline.

Preparation

Prior to applying, students are strongly encouraged to schedule a meeting with a Career Advisor to prepare a professional resume and cover letter for the program.

Selected extern participants will meet weekly from the start of the spring semester until spring break to prepare for the site visits. Externs must be available on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. in order to attend preparation meetings to ensure they are ready for the trip. They will create a professional resume and a LinkedIn profile as well as research the alumni and organizations we will be visiting in depth.

Potential Site Visits

  • New England Aquarium
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • State Street Corporation
  • Boston Celtics
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Fidelity
  • Museum of Science
  • Brown Brothers Harriman
  • World Teach
  • EF Education
  • WB Mason
  • Dunkin Brands
  • Destination XL
  • Meditech
  • Talbots