CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 1, 2016 – Southeast Missouri State University students will have the chance to explore over 70 opportunities with St. Louis work sites up close and personal during a job shadowing event over spring break March 14-18.
Southeast’s new Externship Program is allowing students to get an insider’s view of how companies in St. Louis do business during a one- to three-day experience at some of St. Louis’ top employers.
“Affton School District, Aligned Media, Ameren, America’s Center, Aon Hewitt, Aramark/Knight Center, AXA Financials, Ces & Judy’s Catering, Citi, City of Maplewood, Commerce Bank, Common Ground Public Relations, Fox Sports, HD Supply Waterworks, Hotel Ignacio, Magic House, Maritz, Monsanto, Mondelez-Nabisco, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Arc, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis City Justice Center, St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, The International Institute and Summit Financial are among a growing list of employers opening their doors to Southeast students wishing to participate in this learning experience,” said Quen Agnew, Employer Relations-Career Specialist with Southeast Missouri State University’s St. Louis Outreach Office.
“The Extern Program is a wonderful opportunity for students during the spring break week to connect with St. Louis regional companies in various fields of interest for a work-site shadowing visit,” Agnew said. “This opportunity will align students with learning opportunities for career enhancement, familiarize them with professional job fields and help them get a foot in the door before graduation.”
All Southeast students in any major who are enrolled as full-time students this spring are eligible to participate. Students will be matched with companies based on their major or fields of interest, she said.
Students must be available one to five days any time during Southeast’s spring break. Students must make their own lodging and travel arrangements to the host site. A mandatory one-hour orientation workshop covering the program’s purpose, externship process, on-site assignments and best practices is scheduled for March 1 and 4 on campus.
Those interested in participating should apply by Thursday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m. Priority placement will be given to students who apply early. Placements will be announced in late February, Agnew said, and all arrival and scheduling details will be arranged.
Students must complete an application available at semo.edu/careers. Interested participants also should submit a 200-400-word typed essay and resume to Agnew at Qagnew@semo.edu.