The University of Texas at Dallas

Externship Program

Externships are short-term shadowing experiences in which a student follows a professional to observe the day-to-day activities in their workplace. As an extern, you’ll gain an insider’s perspective of your chosen field, make connections with professionals in the industry, and assess if this is really what you want to pursue post-graduation.

Explore the World of Work (WoW)

The Explore the World of Work (WoW) Program provides students with professional networking and job shadowing experiences in their chosen career fields. Undergraduate and graduate students are matched with UTD alumni and employers in a variety of careers across all industries and academic disciplines. Students will have the opportunity to network with and shadow employers in their desired career field through informational interviews, informative company presentations, and working alongside employees on different projects.

The Explore the WoW Program occurs on a rolling basis, flexible to the employer schedule. Employers can choose the length and dates of the experience. Anywhere from one day up to 5 hours a week for one month. We also have two – week long events one occurring over Spring Break and the other during Summer Break. These week-long events give companies an opportunity to host more students and allow students to network while they are on a break.

Benefits received are invaluable. Not only will students gain real world career knowledge and experience, they will also expand their career network. Some students find their networking has led them to find a lifelong mentor, an internship, and even a full-time employment offer.

Currently we are conducting this program with both online and in-person options. If companies are operating in-person and choose to do so, they can host students at their facility. Additionally, if companies are operating in a virtual capacity, we have many options for connecting with students.

Important Dates

Employer Dates  

November 23, 2020: Applications open for employers  

February 22, 2021: Deadline for employers to submit Spring Break opportunities 

February 24 – 26, 2021: Employer Spring Break Orientation Sessions  

April 2, 2021: Spring Break Post-Experience evaluations are due for students and employers  

Student Dates 

November 30, 2020: Applications open for students 

January 28, 2021: Explore the WoW Student Info Session  

February 8, 2021: Explore the WoW Student Info Session  

February 17 2021: Explore the WoW Student Info Session  

February 22, 2021: Deadline for students to apply for Spring Break Program  

February 23-26, 2021: Student selections for Spring Break Program  

March 1-3, 2021: Student Spring Break Orientation Sessions (for those selected)  

March 15 – 19, 2021: Spring Break – Explore the WoW  

April 2, 2021: Spring Break Post-Experience evaluations are due for students and employers

Interest Form

If you are interested in participating in the Explore to WoW program, either as a student or an employer partner, please take a few minutes to fill out the forms linked below.

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