CAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri, Feb. 17, 2015 – Southeast Missouri State University students will have the chance to explore St. Louis work sites up close and personal during a job shadowing event over spring break March 16-20.
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.
Ameren, BJC Healthcare, Monsanto, the St. Louis Regional Health Commission and the Circle of Concern Food Pantry 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 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. Student must make their own lodging and travel arrangements to the host site. A one-hour orientation workshop covering the program’s purpose, externship process, on-site assignments and best practices is scheduled for March 4.
Those interested in participating should apply by Thursday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m. Priority placement will be given to students who apply early. Placements will be announced in early March, 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.