NYC Externship Program
The New York City Externship Program is an intense week-long networking experience focusing on career exploration. Each year, a small group of students (sophomores, juniors and seniors) are selected to travel to New York City and spend the week meeting with prestigious, successful alumni in a range of professional settings to gain insight into a variety of career opportunities possible for students after graduation from Stonehill. Our hosts offer advice and share their opinions on selecting majors, perfecting resumes, finding internships, job searching, graduate school and much more.
November - Each interested nominee must submit a resume and cover letter to be considered. The Externship programs are listed as jobs in Handshake, and the entire application process is facilitated through Handshake, as well. The posting will have specific questions to be answered in your cover letter.
December - Resumes are reviewed and all applicants will receive a phone interview. Some applicants will then receive a second round interview in-person with two Career Advisors. Final extern selections are announced just prior to winter break.
January and February - Selected externs begin preparation meetings in the evenings. Topics include professional development, networking, and education on the organizations we will be visiting and alumni with whom we will be meeting.
Spring Break - Externs find their own transportation to (and from) New York and the trip begins at Penn Station in Manhattan on the Sunday of Spring Break. From Monday to Friday we visit alumni, attend staff meetings, partake in networking dinners and other arranged functions. The trip concludes Friday at noon.
Students live in groups of two or three in New York City for the week with an alum who has agreed to open his/her home.
Students are expected to finance their own transportation to and from New York City's Penn Station. During the week most meals are provided during company site visits and networking dinners. We recommend students bring about $100 spending money to pick up meals when they are not provided and for general spending money. You may also apply for the Student Opportunity Award to help fund your portion of the trip.
Students have returned from this trip completely motivated to explore new majors, gained a better understanding as to how their current major can be utilized in the post graduate world, or even convinced that they were heading the right way all along. Many students have expressed that the trip changed their life. Those students interested in interning / working in New York will make many professional contacts. Every year, externs have applied for, received interviews for, and even accepted offers for internships or employment opportunities at organizations that we visit during spring break. Whether you focus on career exploration, professional development, or networking, the externship program offers something for everyone.
"The Externship Program through Career Services is by far one of the most life-altering experiences I've ever encountered. As a sophomore with a foggy direction of what I exactly wanted to study and do, this week-long life-changing experience illuminated all that the world has to offer, and gave me the tools to define my path and gain a better sense of direction. I left New York City with 50+ LinkedIn connections of successful Stonehill Alumni and their contacts, unbreakable relationships with my fellow externs, and more importantly - a vision of life after Stonehill in which I can take my talents and passions, and utilize them to build a successful career for the rest of my life.”
- Daniel Cormier '15
“NYCEP gave me the skills and confidence to market myself and my abilities. The experienced enhanced my networking skills both with alumni and potential employers. A priceless opportunity!”
- Kylie Davis `16
"The New York City Externship is the hidden gem of Stonehill College. This program not only teaches you about the in’s and out’s of networking, but it also gives you the chance to put these lessons to work in real life. The staff in Career Services make sure that you go into the city with the basic skills you need to be successful, and by the end of the week you will be a networking pro. Having gone through this program, I not only feel more confident in my ability to meet potential employers and make a positive and lasting impression, but I also feel confident in my abilities to market myself. These are lessons that simply cannot be taught inside a classroom. It is impossible not to leave New York with newfound career motivation, a better understanding of yourself, and 50 LinkedIn connections!"
- Kasie Lyons `17
“Spending a week in New York City with new friends is reason enough to do the NYC Externship Program. But the best part of it all, and the reason I would recommend it to anyone, is the truly incredible networking experiences and how much you will learn about your personal career aspirations.”
- Trent Fontanella '14
“Regardless of your major, minor or post-graduate plans the Externship program is something that every student should take advantage of. It gave me the confidence and ability to showcase the skills that I’ve learned from Stonehill to employers. The New York Program opened my eyes to all of the possibilities we have once we leave Stonehill. After completing this program, you will be able to tackle any job interview or networking event with confidence and success.”
- Conor Tuomey`16
"The New York City Externship Program speaks to the greater community that is dedicated to the professional success of all Stonehill students. Staff members in Career Services ensure that students are prepared with the transferable and marketable skills to be successful in forming meaningful and professional relationships while in New York City. Alumni are willing to share not only their homes, but their expertise in the workplace and their professional connections to give each student the platform to excel in their respective areas of interest. Overall, NYCEP truly prepares students for success by equipping each student with the confidence, skills, and network to achieve their professional goals regardless of the profession."
- Amanda Nagim-Williams `16