Information for Employers

Benefits of hosting an extern

  • Showcase the daily activities, challenges and requirements of your profession.
  • Demonstrate how your profession aligns with a specific business major.
  • Gain exposure for your organization by introducing students to company culture.
  • Identify potential student candidates before your competitors.
  • Develop your employees mentoring, coaching, and leadership skills.
  • Participate in a unique program that gives Haworth College of Business students a competitive advantage.

How to become involved in the program

  • Host a student at your place of work by serving as an externship coordinator and/or professional mentor.
  • Recommend an alum or friend of the college that might be interested in participating in the program.

Difference between an externship coordinator and professional mentor

  • The externship coordinator is the individual at your company who will arrange the externship, including all the pre-program logistics.
  • The professional mentor is the individual(s) that the Haworth College of Business student will shadow. Students are matched with a professional mentor whose occupation closely matches a career the student would like to explore.   
  • The externship coordinator and professional mentor can be the same person or can be different people.

Registration and planning

All employers who wish to participate in the Business Externship Program must register online. It is best to complete the registration all at once. To review the registration in advance, download the 2014 registration.

Employer Registration

Once you have registered, we recommend you begin planning for your externship. The externship planning guide includes sample agendas, activities and contact information for current employers who are willing to share their own experiences.

Externship Planning Guide

Program timeline

Monday, July 8 Employer registration opens
Friday, Dec. 6 Employer registration closes
Friday, Feb. 7 Go Live Day! Externship opportunities available for viewing
Tuesday, Feb. 11 Business Externship Program Showcase
Wednesday, Feb. 26 Student applications due by 5 p.m.
February 27 to March 17 Matching process occurs
Monday, March 17 Match Day! Students are notified of externhip match(es)
March 17 to 21 Enrollment period. Students accept their match(es), select professional development workshop date and complete their profile
Monday, March 31 Employer notification day. Employers are notified of their match(es)
March 31 to April 11 Pre-externship professional development workshops occur for externs
Wednesday, April 23 All externship date(s) must be scheduled
April 28 to May 16 3-week externship "Hot Spot"
September 2 to 19 Post-externship rofessional development workshops occur for externs
September or October Celebration of the externship cycle occurs — employers and externs invited to a celebratory event on campus

Externship timeframe

Most externships will occur during the "hot spot," the period immediately following the conclusion of spring semester at Western Michigan University, which is usually the first three weeks in May. If necessary, professional mentors may select an alternate date.

Student application and selection process

  • Pre-business students in the Haworth College of Business are eligible to participate. Generally students are rising sophomores and juniors when they participate in the program.
  • All externship postings will be released on Go Live Day! The externships will be compiled into a catalog available on this website and on BroncoJOBS, and in print around the college.
  • Students will have one month to research externship opportunities and select up to five that are of interest.
  • Students will complete an online application that closely correlates to the employer registration.
    • As part of the application process, students will prepare a resume and application essay.
    • Submission of an application does not guarantee a match.

Matching students with companies

  • Matching is completed by career center staff.
  • Students and mentors are matched based on three criteria: interest areas, career pathways and externships of interest. 
  • After students receive their match, they have one week to enroll in the program. They may accept or decline an externship.
  • Students who enroll in the program complete an extern profile.
  • The extern profile and portions of the extern's application will be emailed to each mentor when the match is announced to employers.