It may be happening in Chicago, but it also could happen in an area near you.
The Discovery Chicago Externship program now in its third year pairs students with alumni for a two-week living and learning experience.
Next week, three UNCG students will board a plane for Chicago to take their places beside alumni in a chamber of commerce, a university human resources department and a research library. The students will not only work with alumni they'll live with them as well.
The students get a great deal. The short-term externship allows students to sample a career with hands-on experience and see what it's like to live and work in a major metropolitan area.
It's a meaty experience, said Linda Carter, executive director of the Alumni Association, which co-sponsors the externship. [In addition to the work experience, students get] what we call porch time. Talking with alumni about their careers, the work/life balance and how UNCG helped shape that.
In turn, alumni who help fund the program get a glimpse of UNCG today, seeing how things change and how the fundamentals a commitment to service and academic excellence remain the same.
While the externships are unpaid, airfare to Chicago is covered and the opportunity to try out a career is invaluable.
The Alumni Association and UNCG Career Services are hoping to expand the program into other metropolitan areas. If you would like to offer an externship to a student, contact Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Alumni Office at (336) 334-5696.