Established by the SIU Alumni Association in 1984, the Extern Program provides students with professional experience in their chosen career fields. Each year nearly 150 SIU students complete externships throughout the United States. For a closer look at the 2013 student-sponsor relationships, click here. Students are matched with SIU alumni and friends of SIU during spring break and apply skills learned in the classroom in a professional work environment. The Extern Program enhances students’ college education and helps them clarify their career objectives and goals. In 2013, the Association’s Board of Directors awarded 31 travel awards to assist externs with the expense of traveling to their extern location.
Extern Travel Awards Announced!
“Boeing worked very hard to match each of us with people that could provide valuable information to us. it was obvious that my sponsor spent a lot of time to make this a great experience.”
- Derek Meier, Student, Computer Engineering
“I was fortunate enough to be places with people who allowed me to perform tasks as if I was an employee. The staff was great and took pride in making me feel like an employee.”
- Nicole Walls, Science
“I think it's a great program. It was nice to have a fresh set of eyes on my business for a week. He gave valuable insight.”
- Mike Pruitt, Edward Jones
This year, 31 of the students participating in the SIU Alumni Association’s successful Externship Program received an extra boost. The SIU Alumni Association provided $11,500 for Extern Travel Awards, which were allotted in amounts ranging between $100 and $500. Awards were given on the basis of need, but preference was given to SIU Alumni Association student members. There is no application to receive an award; instead, recipients were chosen by committee. You may view photos of past and present travel award recipients from 2013, 2012, or 2011.
For more information contact the Extern Coordinator, Kayla Loyd
or call 618-453-2408.