Build Your Resume With an Eller Externship

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More and more job applications are requiring professional experience for entry-level positions, but where can students get this experience?
Some apply for internships, hold part-time jobs or get involved on campus. Another increasingly popular path, however, is the externship.

More and more job applications are requiring professional experience for entry-level positions, but where can students get this experience? Some apply for internships, hold part-time jobs or get involved on campus. Another increasingly popular path, however, is the externship.

Externships provide short-term job-shadowing opportunities, allowing students to sample a sector or company environment. Externships can also let students experience multiple positions within their field to narrow down their options. The Eller College of Management helps find opportunities like these for students, including online student Joey Katzen, who recently participated in an externship with Avison Young, a real estate company in Los Angeles, California.

"I learned all about working in the corporate real estate," Katzen said. "I learned how the pay works, how the job functions, and the necessary skills needed to succeed in the industry."

During the externship, Katzen also had a chance to sit in on sales calls, discuss career opportunities and receive feedback on his resume. He said he was grateful that Eller recognizes the importance of externships for professional development and networking. Katzen also appreciated that there were externship opportunities available for students who live all around the country.

"Any job shadow experience is a wonderful opportunity," he said. "And the fact that Eller has helped us get so many options for the externships is a pragmatic symbol of their desire for their students to succeed."

Externship image (Joey Katzen at Avison Young)