2009-2010 Evaluation Report
259 Students were matched with externships
189 Sponsors hosted students
Accounting – 10 Defense – 6 Healthcare – 37 Retail/Merchandising – 8
Architecture – 3 Education/Academia – 24 Human Resources – 1 Sciences – 3
Aviation/Aerospace – 3 Energy/Utilities – 2 Law – 17 Social/Human Services – 2
Biotechnology – 1 Engineering – 17 Manufacturing – 3 Technology – 7
Communications/Media – 25 Environment – 1 Non-Profit – 9 Telecommunications – 1
Construction – 10 Fashion – 4 Pharmaceutical – 4 Veterinary – 2
Consulting – 6 Finance/Banking – 31 Real Estate – 3
Consumer Products – 17 Food & Beverage – 1 Research – 1
Arizona – 2 Hawaii – 1 New Hampshire – 1 Texas – 1
California – 12 Illinois – 3 New Jersey – 50 Virginia – 4
Connecticut – 21 Massachusetts – 14 New York – 71 Washington – 1
District of Columbia – 8 Maryland – 14 Ohio – 2 Shanghai, China – 1
Delaware – 2 Michigan – 1 Oklahoma – 1 Ontario, Canada – 1
Florida – 1 Mississippi – 1 Pennsylvania – 42
Georgia – 1 North Carolina – 2 Rhode Island – 1
Thank you & Follow-up
Students and sponsors were asked to complete online evaluations.
Sponsors received an e-mail and post card “Thank You” from the CDC.
Sponsors will be asked to continue their support of the program by offering to host a student in 2010-2011.
Evaluation Completed: February 11th, 2010
Sponsor Evaluation Results – 74.1% response rate (140/189)
There were 189 Sponsors that participated in the 2009-2010 Externship Program, and of those, 140 sponsors completed
the evaluation survey as of 1/30/2010. When talking to the Externship Sponsors, we were able to find that 61.9% were
participants of the program in previous years that 19.4% had learned of the program from a member of the CDC staff,
4.3% from another Bucknell employee, and 5.8% from the CDC Website. The remaining 18% learned of the program in
another way. The Sponsor Handbook was found to be reasonably useful, with 2.9% having used it a lot, and 33.3% a
little bit. 44.9% did not use it at all and 16.7% did not know where to locate the document.
Question Agree Neutral Disagree N/A
I received necessary information about
the Externship Program in order to 55.1% 38.4% 5.8% 0% 0.7% 0%
prepare my externship.
My questions about the Externship
Program were handled promptly and 26.1% 16.7% 5.1% 0% 0% 52.2%
efficiently by CDC staff.
I was pleased with my externship
64.5% 30.4% 4.3% 0.7% 0% 0%
I plan to participate in this program
54.7% 35.8% 7.3% 1.5% 0 0.7%
again next year.
The Bucknell Externship Program is
36% 50% 11.8% 1.5% 0 0.7%
worthwhile for sponsors.
The Bucknell Externship program is
80.4% 18.1% 0.7% 0 0 0.7%
worthwhile for students.
Constructive and Poignant Comments
First time participating and was impressed with the quality of student. Continue to encourage interested parties to
participate. Consider soliciting sponsors to assist in the "matching" process
It is undoubtedly tough to send sophomores into the work force (particularly for only a day or so). Nonetheless it
would be useful, as a sponsor, to have the students communicate (on some level) their expectations for the
externship. Even an e-mailed list of expectations would be useful for planning purposes.
You should consider a follow-on internship/coop session, perhaps in the summer.
If employer supply is an issue, determine more creative ways of asking us to host more than one student. I understand
the students overwhelmed you with requests.
The students should be coached on communicating with their hosts. Communication with the past two students I
have hosted has been very limited. I would expect the student to call to set firm dates and logistics for the externship
well in advance of the visit.
I don't have any concerns with the program itself, although it strikes me as a bit odd that Bucknell doesn't offer any
assistance (in terms of airfare or lodging costs) to students wanting to participate in the program. I could see that
being a real deterrent for certain students and to certain externships (like mine) which may be a significant distance
Just encouraging more corporate participants. My student ended up in Atlanta because he couldn't find anyone closer
to home in LA.
I have raised this issue before. The students need to be briefed on dressing appropriately for business purposes. 2 of
my 4 externs get high marks for this. One tried but didn't quite get it and based on the vehicle driven here, I don't
think finances were the issue, I think it was a lack of a clear picture as to what constitutes business attire. The fourth
fails in this aspect, especially since his father is an attorney. He also had an error in the summary originally provided to
me. Students should be careful about that.
Please have the students come better prepared. At my company, I am also involved in the interviewing process (for
college graduates) where I see very polished candidates come through. That is what I am used to seeing for those that
are interested in the Company. For this externship experience, I prepared between 1-2 hours preparing a schedule,
getting approvals, communicating with the student, etc. From what I can tell, the student prepared 0.0 hours for the
externship (besides communicating with me to see what times worked for our schedule). My recommendation is that
the students do a few hours of research about the company they are going to PLUS some research about the industry
they are going to. And have them come with at least 5 questions to ask about either the company specifically or the
industry that the company is in. Questions such as: "If I was hired here, what would my first year be like"? "What does
your Company do to promote a work life balance?" "I read online about a recent development about the company,
can you tell me more about that..." "Why did you choose to work her?" By having the student ask questions and
preparing for the externship, it shows their interest and also makes me feel that the time I spent preparing and
showing the student around isn't a waste of time when they don't even appear interested. Overall, they should prep
for the externship the same way that graduates prepare for an interview. Maybe you already have students do this,
but it was quite obvious that my student did not prepare at all.
I'm still struggling to attract management and computer-programming majors instead of political-science -- students
are picking me because of what my organization does (advocacy) rather than what I do (database programming). That
can be OK, but maybe you should ask sponsors what majors should consider this externship, to help students think
The writing portion of the program could be improved. Students should get guidance on their letters of intent and
potentially even their Resumes before submitting to the Sponsor.
Please be sure of the extent of student interest in the field, and have them understand that if they are in Court, they
must abide by the rules and expectations of the environment (i.e, no sleeping in the Courtroom, cells phone off, etc)
As a sponsor, I would have liked my son to have been offered an externship. In fact, I am extremely disappointed that
I offered my time and help and it was only acknowledged with a standard e-mail.
It was okay, but student didn't seem overly interested in my industry. I am glad I only did a 1-day externship, because
it was a drain on my valuable time.
It's my understanding that students don't have much in the way of detailed information about the job they could
potentially be shadowing when they make their picks; my student, anyway, knew very little about what I actually do
until after she had been matched with me and we spoke on the phone. I think more information up front is better.
This was a great experience for everyone in my office. While some were initially hesitant about what they would have
to offer anyone, once I explained what I thought they could be offer, they quickly got the ideas rolling. Our President
also commented that we don't have enough interns/recent grads around. While it may be someone from GA Tech or
Georgia State that benefits, I'll pursue any opportunity for Bucknell.
Student felt he got better academic/career advising in these two days than from own academic advisor at Bucknell. I
understand 1st yr students don't really get in deep with advisors, but he felt process to identify and establish
relationship with a permanent academic advisor was intimidating and awkward- perhaps assigning mentors within
major prior to permanent advisor selection might help provide student in this case with similar advisement and
guidance that he received through his time with me.
Consider the timing - the first week in January is a time when many hosts may be returning from extended holiday
vacation, as well as completing previous year wrap up and new year budgeting.
It worked great this year; need to reflect on the improvements for next year. I think a bit more structure could be used
but by that I mean working on my side to put together more people to sit with etc.
Be sure to match engineer students with companies that provide services in the same engineer discipline.
none; I think it works well
No suggested improvements. I was paired with absolute winners the past two years. Thank you.
Make the sponsorship handbook more readily available / known that it exists.
Making a good match is the most important thing, I am best for students interested in going to grad school for a PhD in
biology/biochemistry/engineering type of sciences; all of my matches have been a good fit so far, thank you!
Would consider increasing the time to three days.
The matches need to be better aligned by actual career interests vs. industry or location. Although my extern may have
been a good fit for my industry, her interests and background had nothing to do with my actual job, so it made it
somewhat difficult to provide her with a proper experience. Job is much more important then industry.
Always paying attention to the students matches to ensure that the individuals are in fact interested in the field that
they will be observing for the externship.
It seems like a great idea to me.
I would like additional students for the two days....not just one.(more efficient use of time)
Possibly older students, juniors. Maybe more understanding of career goals.
Try to get more participation - even if that means opening up to Junior and Senior class. This is a very worthy cause.
Make the information about the businesses a little more accessible for the students to evaluate so they can decide
where they want to go.
A meeting with the sponsor and the student prior to the externship date would be beneficial.
It would be great if the students could spend more time. I thought my student was very helpful and would have liked to
have had her come work with us for a few weeks if not longer.
The timing for financial firms and corporate finance should be considered. The first week of January is the busiest week
No suggestions for improvement. It is a great program.
Interest more female engineers in the program
A phone call from the program director (or someone) to the sponsor would be appreciated.
Prepare students a little or tell them to prepare a little by trying to get to know something about the industry
beforehand. This can allow for better engagement between student and sponsor.
I understand it's open to Sophomores at this time. If not already, opening up to Juniors would be great.
Encourage participants to check for all of the resources regarding the program. Advise specifically where those resources
Take steps to ensure that the extern has a very strong interest in the industry.
Overall, I thought the experience was very worthwhile for both the student and the sponsors. More communication
regarding the intent of the program and any "framework" for laying out the experience would be helpful (this may be an
issue on my end for not researching as much as I should have - or may be the intent of the program to leave the
experience open to flexibility).
None that are noteworthy - Except, that you may want to recommend to the students to send a reminder/confirmation
about 3-5 business days prior to the start date. There was no problem, but it would be a nice touch.
Better matches based on what I do and what they're interested in. i.e. I have yet to have someone who is interested in
law school and I deal with securities regulation.
Advise sponsors to get better idea of goals of student before the day.
Whenever possible try to match people's home address as close as possible to externship location
Find out ahead of time what the students would like to get out of the specific program.
Possibly having the sponsors provide some reading material on the job they will be participating in prior to their arrival
for the externship. This will allow the students to understand the job at hand and allow them to hit the ground running.
encourage a longer stay ...extend things beyond the 3-4 days to two weeks
This was my first extern so I have no suggestions at this time. Things went well.
students come with list of five or so prepared questions
I would be beneficial to employers if they were included in the student matching process.
Provide a list of questions that the student should ask prior to the externship (i.e. lodging, dress code, sign-in procedure,
etc.). Have more of a variety of programs to choose from, as most seem to focus on marketing/management.
None at this time. In general, the students were interested and very attentive.
I would consider making this a flexible 3-5-day internship. 2 is too short, in my view.
Be flexible in the timing of the externship. It was difficult to host a student as our own employees are getting back from
vacation over the holidays.
Nothing- worked fine for me and the student.
Warn the students that they will put in a full day in their externships, just as in the post-college world.
I thought all went well. My student and I were able to reach a mutually convenient time for the Externship.
It would be nice to have more flexibility with the dates of the externship. The first 2 weeks of January are among the
busiest times of the year for us.
Please encourage engineering students to participate.
One idea is to link the student to the sponsor by functional area. It would be more beneficial for the student if they have
an interest in marketing for our externship (for example)
More clear and individual communication about students assigned to me. give me more advance notice than 24 hours...
since I was going to be out of the office
Need to make sure match is in an area well suited to the sponsor. This year this wasn't so.
It is sometimes difficult and awkward to have someone shadow employees without specific things the student needs to
be looking for--or taking notes on.
What part(s) of the program worked well?
the program is put together efficiently and works well
The ease of the schedule. Our externship was very broad based but very useful in regards to seeing different areas of the
sales and trading business.
I am a neurologist. The student shadowed me for 2 days as I saw patients in my clinic. She asked terrific questions and I
believe it was quite helpful for her.
Plenty of advance notice to sign up, and to receive resume/letter of interest from student with whom I was paired.
Actually getting a match with a Bucknell student from our local area in Texas!
I really don't have any feedback. The experience went well.
- Flexibility to build the day around student's interests - Ability to select date that suits schedule the best
Very good students
Providing everyone involved with an itinerary was key to our success.
student was truly interested in spending time with our companies which allowed for a good dialogue flow of information
Communication between the Bucknell Externship Program and me, and subsequently between the student and me.
Good support documentation and info.
Communication was good in terms of timing, the students contacting and following up, etc.
I think the exposure seems like all the students need, and that is what they are receiving.
All good for me
Good way to offer students a real look into business. Think it is a great program.
Very diligent student. Was interested in our products, designs and assisted for a short time in decision making process.
-I was impressed with the whole program.
Good match. Smart Girl. Wanted to learn.
I especially liked knowing that my extern student was a local resident. Of course, I am open to anyone interested, but it
is nice to be able to invite them back and keep in touch. I bet we'll run into each other at the gym!
The flexibility of the student to come to the office on the dates that worked well for me.
My extern, was well-prepared, polite, interested, and very motivated. She was a delight!
Right amount of time. Worthwhile program. Well organized and good communication
Correspondence, time schedules, notification of externship participant
I received resume and contact from the student in a timely manner.
Student gets to see a "day in the life" of a particular occupation and possibly thereby help determine if it might be of
My student made this an amazing 2 days for me as well. He was professional, grateful, asked fantastic questions, was
eager to learn, etc. Also, he was flexible which made it easy for me to manage our two days together.
Well matched student.
All. I had a wonderful student and enjoyed working with him immensely.
The student(s) have been great and well represent the university.
Brian! He was very professional and participated in the various meetings and discussions that took place.
The students were diligent about getting to the appointed place.
The flexibility to schedule/coordinate directly with the students definitely made the process easier.
no urgent comments on this - not sure what to say
Communication from CDC was excellent and timely
I enjoy the experience of meeting with the students and sharing my experiences in the working world. I also enjoy
hearing about campus life from the student.
I liked the ability to be flexible in the "what" part of the program. Not all students have same expectations or needs. I
tried to match my student to an experience she would best appreciate after we chatted by email as to her needs but
before we actually met. So having open flexibility to decide with the student what would best work for her in my
program specifics was ideal.
excellent match; my student was enthusiastic to learn as much as she could from the Lahey Medical Center Radiology
Students are very accommodating to my schedule and willing to travel for the experience.
Shadowing - I was surprised how well it worked and tried to minimize the shadow time.
The students were a joy to have around... however, there were definitely times in the day when I needed to get some
work done and it was hard having them just "hover." Aside from that, however, they were wonderful to have around
and conducted themselves extremely impressively.
This year I planned a one-day externship rather than two days and it was really the right fit.
The time flexibility (they had a month to complete it)!
Meetings that were held with the students--they got to learn all elements of the company.
The student’s participation. They asked alot of questions which allowed us to tailor the job at hand a bit more to their
The student was motivated to take the initiative to contact me for specifics regarding dates/times, etc and the type of
experience she was looking for. This helped me to plan a schedule for her.
Flexibility to create the day/experience to be what works best for all parties involved.
I had a very fine student who was open to doing and seeing anything and everything I proposed. This flexibility allowed
me offer a full experience, but still do whatever work I had to do.
Hopefully all of it ... I think my student gained a pretty good look into the inside world of intercollegiate athletics
Student match was very bright and open to learning new ideas in an industry she was not readily familiar with. It was a
pleasure having her for the four days that she was here.
Getting a good motivated student made the externship work well.
Shadowing & interviewing staff members about their experiences in the field seemed to help the student the most.
Enjoyed having a student spend time with us
Students not only observed, but I arranged for them to meet outside of actual sessions with some of the clients to
conduct a question-answer session. This was apparently very helpful and informative to them.
I had a great student.
The program is so open it really can be anything it needs to be once the connection is made.
Good, enthusiastic students; good timing for the program.
communication and sending me student's information- resume, etc- prior to end of fall semester and giving me a time
frame to complete externship was helpful.
The sponsor-student match works well. The logistics to connect with the student before the externship works well.
My student was very expressive in terms of what she wanted from the Externship so I tried to expose her to activities
she wanted to see.
We were able to give the extern a much better understanding of the actuarial industry. Since Bucknell does not have a
strong actuarial science program, that first-hand knowledge is very helpful to them.
In general it all went smoothly.
Dealing with the logistics.
The program has improved year on year with respect to the coordination, communication and overall management. The
essence of the program is great. I wish someone would have taken me into an office when I was at Bucknell.
I had a great student who was interested in our business and learning
This year it was fine as the student was genuinely interested in the legal profession.
I loved having my student at work with me.
It would be helpful to understand for the future if the focus is more on informational (i.e. meeting with different people)
or given a project or task to work on, or just shadowing someone to learn the day in the life of, etc. Bottom line, it was a
great experience and Emily did a great job!
I was paired with outstanding students the past two years -- Both were wonderful ambassadors for Bucknell, and got a
lot out of the externship at IBM.
I think you do a phenomenal job of making the matches and providing information in a timely fashion! Keep up the great
I think it's a worthwhile program. I wish I'd had it when I was a BU student!
It was a pleasure to have my student participate in our externship opportunity.
Very enjoyable and fun
Thank you for creating these opportunities for students to match with alumni in shorter time commitments than a
traditional internship. These brief experiences can be just as powerful in what you learn that you don't like as well as
what you learn that you do like. It may open the students' eyes to points of view never before experienced or
A very enjoyable experience and hopefully a very rewarding one for my student.
I think it is very beneficial for the students. It can be overwhelming for them depending on how much is planned, but I
think in the long run it gives them a good perspective on what they would see on a day-to-day basis in the workplace. I
think having them meet with numerous people at varying levels and positions is a good way to have them see all aspects
of the industry/company.
Very useful program to help students explore the work settings that interest them for possible careers.
The window of one week, especially the first week in January, when many companies are either just getting settled back
after the holidays or hosting leadership meetings is not good. There should be a larger window if possible as students
have more time before the go back from break.
No comments. the experience was just fine
My extern was professional, courteous and came prepared. A fine example of a Bucknellian.
Enjoyed the student very much. She was very pleasant, attentive and had a very good "engineering" attitude.
-We enrolled in the program prior years, however, this was the first year that a student chose our facility. Now that we
have experienced this program we can streamline the process for the student.
Student was very engaged in the externship; asked many questions; got a feel for the working of Mayor's Court and
small firm legal practice.
Great program! I am jealous I didn't have the chance to do it myself.
My recommendation should be to provide a checklist that the students have to complete before the externship and
submit after the externship. Examples could be: 1) Go to the Company's website and write down 3 questions to ask the
employee about the company 2) Do an internet search with the Company's name. Was there anything recently in the
news about the company? 3) Research online regarding the industry that the company is in. How does the company fit
into their industry? Etc.
For 2011 we'd like to continue to fill requirements to provide an externship to female engineering students - a goal of
the ARL diversity plan to provide opportunities for those underrepresented in the field of engineering.
It is incredibly difficult to take 2 if not 3 days to sponsor a student. I'm not even close to being an executive, and I found
that I had to work another 4+ hours outside of the work day to make up the work I wasn't able to complete while the
student was with me. This is probably what will hinder folks from participating, as my work did certainly suffer while he
was in. BUT I wouldn't trade it for anything as it was incredibly rewarding.
I am excited to participate again next year.
I was less involved with the planning part of the externship, as it was handed off to me from Wil Fang.
We were thrilled to finally have a match! It's difficult for a company like ours (being located in a non-traditional Bucknell
student area - Phoenix) to draw students to participate. However, we thoroughly enjoyed our first experience and are
looking forward to many more!
Thank you for your assistance with coordinating the group - we had a successful day!
Melissa does an excellent job.
Gosh this was so rewarding to give back to Bucknell students! I would highly recommend it to others.
Our extern, was fantastic - she worked on an important project and presented her ideas during an update meeting as
well as delivered a written outline. We were all very impressed.
Really good group of students--very professional, courteous and everyone enjoyed meeting with them.
This year’s students were well matched to the job descriptions and were very eager to get involved in all aspects of the
None I was not prepared - some days are good days to have someone work with me and some days are not as good.
Glad to get a match and be able to participate in the program.
This is a great program to help the students; however, the choices are limited for non-business majors.
Specifically in regards to the externship I offered, I believe that it was more successful when two students were there
because they were more comfortable having another student with them. One problem was that the students did not
return the various forms needed to clear then as "volunteers" with my agency in a timely manner, so I had to rush at the
end to take care of this.
Program works well and is worthwhile for both students and sponsors.
It was a pleasurable experience for me. My student demonstrated such enthusiasm for learning.
I did not provide anyone a written schedule before hand. In a small law firm it does not make sense. I did tell them by
phone what we might be doing.
My student is a very lovely young woman; it was a pleasure to "host" her.
Student Evaluation Results - 82.6% response rate (214/259)
There were 270 sophomores that participated in the program this year, and 204 of them completed the evaluation
survey as of 1/30/2010. In asking the students, we learned that 83.8% of students learned of the Externship Program
from Emails, 30.9% from a CDC Staff Member, 28.9% from Mailbox Stuffers, 20.6% from the CDC Website, 18.6% from
Posters on campus, 3.4% from BSG Representatives. The remaining 14.7% learned of the program from an alternate
Question Agree Neutral Disagree N/A
I received necessary information about the
62.1% 36% 1.5% 0.5% 0 0
Externship Program in order to apply.
Materials on writing resumes and statements
71.9% 28.1% 0 0 0 0
of interest were available to help
I was pleased with my externship match. 59.3% 28.9% 8.8% 2.5% 0.5% 0
The Bucknell Externship Program is worthwhile
36.8% 45.6% 10.3% 0.5% 0.5% 6.4%
The Bucknell Externship program is worthwhile
74.1% 24.9% 0 0.5% 0.5% 0
I would recommend this program to a fellow
71.8% 27.2% 0.5% 0.5% 0 0
Bucknell student next year.
My questions about the Externship Program
were handled promptly and efficiently by CDC 43.3% 41.9% 5.9% 0 0 8.9%
Constructive and Poignant Comments
This is a great program. I recommend that externships continue to be matched by Bucknell as opposed to the specific
company. My externship was ten students (which I did not know) and although this did not bother me personally, other
students may want to know if they will have a one on one experience or not.
The method of choosing externships was difficult. The system is inherently difficult to search. It was not clear in some
cases that the statement of interest counted as the required "cover letter." Also, engineering sponsors should say their
engineering focus such as "I really only do mechanical engineering" to help match better.
More opportunities in the fashion/media/PR industry.
Provide more externship opportunities for those interested in psychology and english
While I thoroughly enjoyed my externship match, it was my last choice. I feel that because of where I lived I was
automatically placed there because there were no other applicants. I would suggest having more programs available
throughout the Midwest and not all on the east coast. I understand the program is dependent on alums but it would be
more beneficial to students who do not live in New Jersey, New York, or Connecticut
You should require that all students apply to the same number of externships so that each student has a fair
opportunity of getting one of their top choices. The objective of the CDC is for as many Bucknell sophomores to
participate in the Externships program as possible. Therefore, a student who applies to only one externship is more
likely to get their top choice than a student who applies to six because that way, two students participate in
externships, instead of only one. This is unfair, and discredits the hard work of a student who applies to six programs.
Have meetings at varying times (not all on Thursdays at lunch or at 5 in the afternoon.)
Guide the sponsors to allot some time aside designated solely for asking and answering questions. Since the sponsors
are busy with their respective schedules and showing the students what their job entails, this does not necessarily
always entail much time for questions.
I think that it is good that you try to get as many students a match as possible, but sometimes unfair because students
that took the time to apply to 5 externships may get their last choice because other students only applied to 2
It would have been cool to complete multiple externships especially if you are not sure which career path you are
heading down, although I understand the limitations.
Put more detail about the program and if the sponsor recommends a certain major really make sure that the student
can match that major.
The Microsoft Excel document containing the sponsors and descriptions for each was extremely difficult to read and
made it hard to figure out which externships to apply to.
Making it mandatory? No reason not to.
Finding this evaluation form was not as clear as I’d hoped. the link I followed in the email sent out took me to picking
out an externship
A late night information session would be beneficial. Labs were hard to schedule around in order to make the
I thought that the CDC did a great job with the program, but that improvement may be needed on the sponsor's part. I
found it very hard to get in contact with the sponsor and also the sponsor did not have a set itinerary. I spent a majority
of the day sitting without activities or shadowing anyone.
If companies wish to be a part of the externship program then they should set aside the time to hold a constructive
program rather than go on with their day as they usually do without paying attention to the students present.
Promote the program even more because many Bucknell parents are not aware that they can be sponsors.
Give freshmen more information near the end of their second semester
I'm not sure whether this was on purpose or not but I like when the externship was scheduled. It was right after when
everyone is officially getting back from the winter festivities and this results in everything piling up. This was a good
thing (actually) because you got a flavor for everything that goes on and not just what might happen to come in that
day. Don't move the externship date.
Doing several different things in a day, rather than just working with one person and one job - meeting with a bunch of
different personnel was cool to see what they do, and how what they do relates to the bigger picture and the
effectiveness of the organization's goals.
My RA set up a Resume critiquing session where two CDC representatives actually came over to the common room of
our dorm, which was very convenient. I also think that the way the CDC runs the externship program, where the
students are responsible for completing each step of the process on their own by the deadline and really honoring the
commitment they have made, taught me responsibility and professionalism. I think that if the CDC had not been so
adamant about students adhering to the policies and deadlines of the program, then students would not have been as
likely to complete each step as diligently as they did. Although at times it was somewhat stressful, I do believe these
policies and deadlines really are established with the best interest of the student in mind - and it ends up making the
student look very responsible and professional.
Information was provided at every step along the way. The emails were really helpful since they detailed the steps we
had to follow and they reminded me to keep on top of everything. I thought the matching process worked pretty well,
My experience was unique from many other externship programs. The company gave us a 2.5 day crash course of the
company, and basically tried to set us up to apply as interns. It was everything I had hoped and dreamed of in an
My sponsor was amazing. His whole staff was amazing. I felt like I got a real sense of what it is to work in criminal law--
which was exactly what I wanted. It was perfect. I wish I could go back every day until school starts. Also, I felt that I
was really lucky---my sponsor's whole staff was so friendly and inviting. I asked them all kinds of questions. When my
sponsor had private meetings in his chambers, I sat with his law clerk for an hour and a half, just talking about the cases
we had seen, especially the big ones, and about criminal law in general. He was great. When I was in the court room, I
sat with the court clerk. There were different people working the two days and they were both friendly and helpful,
showing me what they were doing. The recorder also showed me a little of what she did. When the judge met with
lawyers in his chambers, I was able to sit in on those conferences and ask them questions. Everyone I came in contact
with was helpful and friendly and just really excited that I was there. They were all so eager to know what my plans
were and to help me in any way they could.--even judges from other courtrooms who stopped by to see my sponsor
wanted to tell me how I should jump start my law career.
The Externship Program allowed me to spend a day in a medical industry and it gave me a glimpse of what a medical
career is like. I found this beneficial because you may think you want to do something and then when you experience it,
you may change your mind. Whether one has a good or bad experience, I think everyone should participate in the
Externship Program because you will learn something about yourself and your education either way.
The entire experience meshed together quite well. There wasn't any particular aspect of my externship, from applying
through the actual externship that was not an enjoyable experience.
It was a terrific experience and really helped me to gain a better understanding of what I want to do for my future
career! There was so much that I learned from only a couple days, it was more informative than the internship I worked
all summer at!
There were not very many options to pick if one lives near Philadelphia. This surprised me since there are many
students from the Philadelphia area.
When working to schedule my externship I felt like I was creating a burden for the company and the woman who was
organizing it. When I heard about the opportunity at the information session it sounded like a really big deal and a
great thing to apply for, however the sponsor made it seem like they weren't really sure why we were even coming.
I think the idea of the externship program is good, however I also think that only companies who truly have a
constructive way of handling the program should take part in it.
The person I was said to contact never responded to me, but I was able to get in contact with another person there and
do my externship anyway.
Maybe more personal meetings after externship matches where students can be briefed on the externship they will
specifically be entering
I believe that the program runs well as it is.
Right match with the sponsor and student's major interest.
Having more people per externship. I know that my friends did not get one and they were Disappointed. I think that this
is such a great program and that everyone should have the opportunity to partake in it.
letting the students know more about the matching process is very necessary and please trying to be more fair about
the matching process
I had no problems at all with the program, and cannot think of any way to improve the program.
No recommendations. Everything went smoothly.
This is very small but in preparing for the first call or form of contact you should make sure that the students ask about
what type of shoes to wear because clothing was mentioned, and I asked, but being in surgery all day and therefore
standing on my feet for over ten hours it probably would have been beneficial for me to know that I should bring
sneakers or some sort of comfortable shoe rather than heels.
More preparation for the particular internship
Try to get students matched with their top choices
I would also consider setting up an interview program for students (if they are interested). I feel that it is important to
take into account both verbal and written arguments as some people aren't as strong in expressing an argument in
writing as they are verbally.
There's nothing I can think of. The program is very well organized and successful.
None, it was a fantastic program.
Please try to make sure providers will have things for the students to do over the potential dates for the externship.
Make sure students go into the program with questions, so that they can actively participate and inquire, as opposed to
simply observing (although the observations are a great way to take it all in).
More information on sponsor sites
My sponsor match did not really work in the industry I was hoping to learn more about.
Provide a bigger variety of externships
More externship sponsors
More communication with the sponsor prior to the program.
A better description of what the externship would entail would definitely be a good improvement.
Everything was great in my experience.
Provide more information about the externship and what the student will be doing.
a broader number of industries
Because of the growing interest in this program it might be beneficial to expand the opportunities.
More about the decision process which would help students wrote their statements of interest more accurately.
I would have liked more information on how to make my emails more professional.
Try to get more externships. Many people were upset about not getting matched with an externship.
I think the program is run really well! All the directions were clear and easy to understand as long as you paid attention
to what needed to be done.
Make the search criteria a little more vague. My externship sponsor had not come up when I first searched mechanical
engineering. Maybe make the descriptions viewable from original search screen, rather than having to click on each
individual one to view description.
The excel spreadsheet with all the information was very confusing and difficult to read, especially the descriptions. Also,
around the time when externship applications were due, the CDC was flooded with people and there was almost always
a waiting line. I'm not sure exactly what should be done about this - maybe have more CDC volunteer students to do
Resume critiquing around this time. I also think that mandating the externship be completed over January break is not
necessarily in the best interest of all students. I live in Connecticut, and had to travel all the way back to Pennsylvania for
just one day, when it would have been much easier for me to commute to Danville when school was in session. Also, a
lot of the externships offered were either in Boston or NYC, major cities which can be daunting for students to navigate
on their own and may have deterred students from applying to those externships as it did me. Also, some of the
descriptions were very short and/or vague.
It would be helpful if the explanations of the different externships available were clearer when applying. The excel
document was a little chaotic and difficult to follow, so that made the process more frustrating.
Have an optional or mandatory informational seminar about what are some of the most common things to expect in the
industry. I believe I would use more advice how to research the work place because that way the externs can be able to
better prepare questions when they go and do their externship.
Offer more opportunities in healthcare
None. I was very impressed with the program.
Ensure that people get matched to a field that they are going in to, my match wasn't exactly what I had wanted and it
was not as enjoyable
Finding sponsors in a greater variety of fields would be great. In Connecticut, where I live, most of the sponsors were in
the field of education, which is of little interest to me. If more sponsors were available, it would help students to be
matched with more convenient and more worthwhile externships for them.
Reach out to more Bucknell alumni or other sponsors so that more students who applied can have the opportunity to do
Participate in more than one externship per student
Extra people at CDC to help with the resume
Providing more information on the externship sponsor and what exactly he does within the organization providing
accommodations to those who have to travel a long distance to their externship
Get more information about what exactly the sponsor does at the company.
Making sure students come more prepared for the externship (i.e. questions)
Perhaps try to make a more standardized time period that the externship will last for amongst sponsors. (I was
disappointed to find out that mine was only 1 day long)
More externships on the west coast and Washington state.
attempt to give every student one of their top three choices
Larger expansion of areas for externship, such as more opportunities on the west coast.
None! Well executed.
Give students more examples of types of questions they could ask their sponsors. Questions that would help students
get the most out of the externship experience and learn the most about the company they are externing at.
I LOVED IT! I think it would have been amazing to have a whole week there, instead of just two days. I felt like the first
day I was figuring out what was going on and what I was supposed to do, and then the minute I knew what I was doing it
was time to say goodbye.
Make the informational sessions more than a week before the applications are due... I felt rushed to get everything
I would recommend making things a little clearer to sponsors, because mine thought that we were only supposed to
shadow for one day but I was pretty sure it was at least two days.
Due to where I am from it was difficult to find locations to externship at so maybe try to cover a greater area of job
More materials on how to complete a statement of interest.
Having longer descriptions about what the externship actually entails such as a detailed background of each externship.
The paragraph was descriptive but a longer description would be helpful.
Make it longer than two days
The program could be improved by offering externships closer to the student’s home.
I thought it was run very effectively!
A more detailed description from the sponsors on the bridge website. The second info session seemed a little repetitive.
I would recommend making sure that students are matching with the program that is right for them.
Contact more alumni to provide students with externship opportunities in different cities. I'm from Harrisburg, PA, and
had to travel to New York City for my externship. Luckily, I was able to stay with my roommate, and I enjoyed the trip,
but future students who don't have similar accommodations might benefit from externships in cities closer to them.
This change would be difficult, but, perhaps offering more variety in the types of externships ...it seemed that most of
them (of the ones in Virginia, for that matter) were in similar fields and I didn't find one that was truly relevant to a
Psychology concentration...I settled on advertising, but would have enjoyed exploring the field of psychology more
Making sure the sponsors are more involved with the student before and during the externship.
To improve the program I believe it would be beneficial to make the externships more than one day. I feel like one day is
not substantial enough to grasp the ins and outs of the industry. Furthermore, it was very overwhelming to receive all
the information in one day, in a 8am-5pm day.
Have the option of a longer externship experience.
Try to have more options in different areas. People that are not from where many of the externships are close to would
have difficulty in selecting one that interests them. You could also have it happen close to when school starts for those
students that do not live close to where the externship takes places so that they could just go to the company and then
right to school.
I thought the program was organized very well. I had only heard about the program last minute, and even then, there
were still sources for me to go to in order to apply in a day or two. The Bucknell website had a lot of useful information
for the applicants.
I think the program is great and the CDC does an excellent job.
Clarify a little more before hand what kind of things you are going to be doing at the externship. All I knew going into it
was "career shadowing". It made me a little nervous the first day when my sponsor came to me with a schedule of
events for the next three days of things I would be doing.
Encourage more people to become sponsors because I would have liked to have gone somewhere closer to me.
Everything went without a hitch.
I suggest making the program longer. Perhaps students could get more involved with doing the job that they are
Have externships available to all students, not just sophomores
Find a way to send more students to each program.
Make it easier to apply and more people will do it.
Helping with statement of interests more
Encourage more alumni to be willing to host Bucknell students so that ALL students can have the opportunity to
participate in the program. Also, more externship opportunities in popular fields would be useful so that students can
have an externship in the field that's there number 1 choice.
maybe require that they have a little bit of an itinerary
More non-profit options to choose from.
More variety in externship opportunities- try to pursue more alums in fields outside of medicine and management.
Stress more in advance to start working on resume. I didn't realize how much I had to do until really last minute.
Get more sponsors so no-one gets rejected.
Broader selection of externships.
Hard to find applicable programs if you aren't interested in finance or health professions
Extend the program for more than just one or two days.
I thought it went well and don't really have any recommendations.
To improve the program, I think students should be better informed on their purpose for being at the job site. I think the
sponsors should also be better informed of the role that the student will play.
Maybe more information about the sponsor provided before we speak to the sponsor. This way, the first conversation
may be a bit less awkward.
Better prepare the sponsors for how to structure meaningful agendas for the day especially if this is the first time they
are doing this.
None, it was great!
I would recommend including a more detailed description of the sponsors job.
There was a lot of preparation for a program that lasted two days. This is the reason I almost didn't do an externship
More advertisement. Posters around campus. Maybe professors that teach specific courses advertise the externship
Maybe give students background on the sponsor: his/her major and his/her actual job
Better matching between students and sponsors geographically
A more specific process instructing how to load your resume as well as statement of interest on to the BRIDGE. Also
making it so you do not have to save each statement of interest in a separate document.
Attempt to get more externships in California.
Perfect as it is!
None that I can think of
While there are already a wide variety of opportunities, working to get more engineering externships in varied areas
(specifically around Pittsburgh) would be nice so that engineers not from a huge city don't have to travel far for an
Provide a broader range of externships for students.
Possibly finding sponsors in a wider field of occupations, as many of them are concentrated in business/banking etc.
I would have liked to see a greater variety in the types of externships available.
Further explain how the matching process of students to externships occurs.
More externships focused towards environmental studies majors. Most of the programs had to do either with
healthcare or finance
What part(s) of the program worked well?
Communication, scheduling, structure to the work days
Meeting with my sponsor as well as the phone call worked especially well and helped me improved my communication
I could learn a lot of working environment.
my sponsor was an amazing guy and made my time there enjoyable
communication and shadowing
Everything worked well. Everything went smoothly and went as expected.
I really enjoyed my entire externship. It was a great experience that really helped me decide on what I want to do after
The packets that we received at the last meeting with information about dress and thank yous were especially helpful.
Personally, I was matched very well with the externship I was given. Not only did I shadow and speak with my sponsor,
but I also met with many other company members throughout the externship.
It was very simple and easy to apply, and I was lucky in that I was matched up with my first choice.
Getting everyone involved
I enjoyed the application process and writing the statement of interests. New employees at my externship explained
how they needed to write statements of interests when applying to internships so that was definitely a good exercise to
Consistent emailing of links.
Putting the responsibility on the student to call the sponsor to arrange the details. Even though I bet some students put
the phone call off, it really enforced us to address phone speaking skills and the importance of that.
Nearly every aspect, but perhaps the best was the availability of the CDC personnel.
I thought it was an efficient process and I was matched with a company that I enjoyed
I thought communication was great between myself, the CDC, and the provider. I also appreciated that externships were
available within my uncommon home state of Florida.
Everything the CDC did was very helpful and well-organized and information was widely available.
I was satisfied with all aspects of the program, from the application process, to the effort of the CDC to support and
convey relevant information to my experience in the corporate environment with my sponsor.
I thought all the information was provided in a timely matter and all instruction was very clear on what needed to be
That being said, my sponsor did give me practical knowledge that could apply to any post grad looking for a job
The time spent with my sponsors allowed a great learning experience. The travel was simple, and worthwhile.
Having to get our resumes checked by the CDC before applying.
The fact that the sponsors were Bucknell Alums made it very comfortable.
The application and selection process seemed to work very well. I was glad I was able to get assistance on my resume
specifically for this program.
The info sessions
The application process was very easy and I enjoyed my externship experience.
Once we were matched with the externship sponsor, the dates and times were entirely up to us.
The whole thing.
Informational meeting after being matched with an externship was very helpful.
Applying worked well and the info sessions beforehand were of great help. Also the reminders and many emails kept me
on the right track and focused.
the application process was very easy
The steps were clearly laid out that need to be followed for the process.
The meetings and the resume review.
The program provided useful information about different career paths that someone with my major could consider.
The matching process was great. I related perfectly with the MD Lottery and would absolutely recommend them in the
The whole program was great!
My sponsor runs his own engineering company, so I was able to get a real taste of both the engineering side and the
business side of an engineering firm.
The deadlines worked well and the reminders from Ms. Gutkowski were helpful.
The CDC was very prepared to handle any problems associated with the externship program.
The meetings about preparation and what to expect were helpful insight into how to handle ourselves and what we
might see, as well as how to contact our sponsors.
I loved my sponsor she was great
The sponsor and her colleagues were really nice and very helpful. I believe that I have learned a lot about the financial
world. I felt empowered to ask questions that normally I would not be able to ask. I felt like I was the person who was
employing them. So, now I have a better idea what to expect from a job in the financial world and also I have received
some excellent advice how to prepare for an interview.
Resume critiques and info sessions... very well organized, and the perfect length of time that allowed me to get things
done quickly and efficiently
Everything, I learned a great deal of information about the Goldman Sachs.
Constant reminders and step by step instructions
Searching for the externships was really easy and it was nice to find some in Arizona although not many students are
I think the CDC did a wonderful job matching students up with an externship. Overall, I haven't heard anyone who was
not pleased with how their experience turned out!
The structure of the program, the sponsor was well informed and as a student I felt that I was well informed/prepared.
I learned a ton from my externship. It was a perfect match.
How much I learned from shadowing the program was very organized
I was pleased with the schedules my sponsor took me through during the 2 days I was with her. She took the time to
ensure I was involved with her working process and that I would be able to have an experience that was not just strictly
in the office.
The sponsors were very eager to show as much as possible.
The CDC made several flexible time options for all mandatory meetings, which was appreciated.
Getting to meet lots of different people within a company and networking.
Writing a resume and the actual externship
The communication and opportunity to meet people at the externship was very beneficial and exciting. The opportunity
to experience the environment of the sponsor's place of work and understanding the functionality of the place was very
The simplicity of the program.
Everything--very good experience
The participation of the CDC in the process, I couldn't have made this setup without them
The externship program got me to put together a resume, which was helpful, and they prepared me for the work that
had to be done before and the day of.
The availability of dates to work.
I live in Chicago but I took an externship in New York City. Even with the travel I had an awesome experience and I
learned a lot.
The detailed plan of how to conduct the externship which was described in the packet
Getting to see how certain industries worked
The timing was very well thought out. I never felt that there was too little time to apply because we were given tons of
The program accurately matched me to a field of interest.
Listing of opportunities by geographic area.
The communication between Bucknell, the externship sponsor, and myself went very smoothly and easily.
Contact between me and my sponsor worked well. I was able to speak to her over the phone and we corresponded via
e-mail, and I was able to make the most of my experience.
The experience was worthwhile and could be helpful for networking in the future.
I found that the program was very well-organized. My externship was exciting and informative, and I had a wonderful
Working with students individually to perfect resumes...helped a lot
The spreadsheet with all the data was invaluable!
Saw unbelievable insight into the field
It was very well organized and I knew exactly what had to be done and felt prepared.
I thought the CDC did a great job in promoting the externship program and matching students. I think my externship was
a great experience and definitely a career I see myself pursuing.
I liked meeting a variety of people who worked within the company.
My externship host was very helpful and gave us information about the entire company and industry.
Contact remained between the sponsors and students and after selection the CDC left everything up to us which is
great. It helped me to be organized and more excited about setting up the experience.
I thought the fact that the students and sponsors were able to pick their own date around whatever worked best for
both was smart, rather than picking specific dates you must do your externship on.
The information sessions were good, and being able to have your resumes and statements of interest's critiqued.
I don't know if I was lucky or what, but every part worked really well for me. Great experience both in the business world
in general and in my specific field.
My sponsor in particular has done this repeatedly in the past, and I feel this was very beneficial to me as an extern. She
was very interested in exposing us to what she does, and I enjoyed this aspect.
The application process
The application process was very organized. My sponsor was fantastic.
The CDC Resume writing was very helpful
It was good to pair students with Bucknell alumni. Both had interests in fulfilling a good externship.
It was very well organized.
Lots of options to choose from. Easily able to find a good match.
I thought the CDC did a good job of matching up the students with the sponsors.
The e-mails every few weeks reminding us about what meetings we needed to attend and what steps we had to take
prior to, during, and after the externship were very helpful, as was the externship information packet.
It was well organized and I think the sponsors and students both had a clear idea of what was supposed to occur.
The application process worked well.
The externship itself
It was easy when deciding the top externships of interest to me
Ease of applying. Matches.
It was well organized, and what expectations were clearly stated.
Assistance with resume writing was VERY helpful. I felt it gave me a good start before I had to apply for an internship
later in life
I think the most effective part of the program was that we had to get our resume in really good shape, learn how to
write a cover letter, and were essentially on an all day interview with our sponsor. I thought it really prepared me for
when i was applying for internships over the break.
Sponsor was well organized
All- had no problems.
The resume check was a big help
My sponsor was really prepared and clearly put in a lot of effort to make sure I could get as much as possible out of the
Very well organized. Forced me to create and improve my resume. Great communication and matches with my
externship sponsor. I loved my experience it was a great one to have.
There were a lot of fields to choose from.
Matching with the sponsor, the advice given on resume writing and contacting and thanking our sponsors
The flexibility of my sponsor's schedule.
Specific instructions on what to do reg. contacting sponsors, how and when
Program made it easy to get set up with an externship.
The information sessions were very helpful in professional etiquette.
Everything worked out very nicely, I was paired with a great organization and the process was simple.
The communication and the learning aspect.
The information sessions were short but informative, which was nice. My sponsor was great, and I really gained a lot
from the experience!
The unique nature of each individual experience depending on the sponsor.
It was convenient that Bucknell made the matches, and gave the students and sponsors the freedom to create a flexible
I thought the whole program was great and it really opened my eyes to the industry. Opened the way for an internship
in the summer which is really great.
I really got a lot out of the information session All of my questions were answered quickly and clearly
It was well organized
The program was really helpful in developing skills associated with perusing an internship or job. I learned how to apply,
contact a potential employer and interact in a business environment.
Great tips on resume. The samples were very helpful as well as the sessions. Good deadlines that make you work fast.
The application process was really easy
Shadowing one person instead of being tossed around.
My sponsor was so hospitable, but did not have much to share with me or, show me
Very simple and works well for students
Every part of my externship went quite smoothly, I was very prepared due to all of the handouts prior to the externship
given out by Missy.
Interacting in a real work environment. Having someone as a mentor and job shadow
The entire process was easy to follow
Matching students with sponsors.
You did a good job matching them, possibly more explanation under each externship while applying
Networking and meeting professionals in different areas of business.
Contact information was clear and I knew who to be in touch with about my externship as well as other details involving
the actual trip.
The promptness with which I received a sponsor match was very helpful in planning around the externship.
The help with resumes and packets with examples of how to write statements of interest as well as what questions to
ask your sponsor
Overall I thought it was a well done program.
I was originally discouraged a little because I felt my externship had been chosen based on my major (I did however have
a fantastic time). That being said I was under the impression that the point of the externship was to explore different
career fields, that point being slightly defeated by choosing most people on (what seemed to be) their prospective
This program was very well organized. I was able to receive any help I required from the CDC and had an incredible
experience with my sponsor organization.
Great program, great insight... and really fun!
Thanks for this opportunity!
The externships should last more than just 2 days.
I really enjoyed the time in the lab. It allowed me to open/close certain doors of opportunity for the future and allow me
to further decide my major/minor.
The externship program is an all-around great experience. I met a great number of people in the industry, making it an
excellent networking opportunity.
I had a lot of fun at my externship: learning about the company and meeting new people.
I think it's a great opportunity that students have to see the professional world.
The staff was the friendliest and most outgoing people I have ever worked with.
My sponsor said that he had put in to be a sponsor for seven or eight years and had never gotten a single student. It
might be good to notify students who did not receive externship of other ones that are still available.
The program is an excellent opportunity to connect college students with Bucknell alumni and secure internships much
more easily. Thank you for offering this opportunity for sophomore students. The experience was invaluable!
I had an awesome experience during my externship and it really helped me to gain a better understanding of
engineering outside of the classroom. Talking to a former Bucknell graduate was also an amazing experience to find
someone who ten years later still loved Bucknell like they did during their years here.
Great program! I highly recommend this program to upcoming sophomores.
The CDC staff was very helpful especially with critiquing my resume.
My externship was great, my sponsor did a great job of scheduling lots of different activities and allowing me to meet
lots of different people in different parts of the organization.
I had an absolute wonderful time and experience at my externship and I hope this program continues to benefit it future
sophomores at Bucknell!
I feel that a lot of externship programs were more of a "job shadowing" type of thing. I had an excellent program which
included information sessions, meet-and-greets, and workshops. I understand that each company's externship program
is probably devised in-house, but if the CDC could give them some optional guidelines and/or suggestions that would
probably benefit many other students.
I unfortunately had to travel to New York to find more choices. Maybe the CDC could look for more in Chicago....not just
in the education field.
I was absolutely thrilled with my match. This experience was amazing and I fully think it has helped to prepare me for
future career considerations.
This was an excellent program that I am glad I participated in.
My hosts were wonderful! My sponsor definitely likes and takes care of Bucknell students; we should keep working with
Thank you very much for the experience! Everyone involved obviously did a great amount of work to make this happen
for all the sophomores!
I think it was overall a great experience and I learned a lot.
I found the program to be very helpful and helped me to learn much more about the industry.
This was just a really great experience, and I am very happy with how it worked out.
My sponsor really went to great lengths to make sure I got the experiences I wanted.
Overall, I think it's a worthwhile program, even if you're not matched with a sponsor who does exactly what you plan to
do in the future because it introduces you to the working world.
Was a great experience, and surprisingly fun!
CDC is very friendly and helpful. I will definitely be frequenting my visits
I think this is a great program and you should keep it running. Maybe try to make it more substantial so that it sounds
more impressive on a resume.
Everyone should try this as a sophomore it is a great way to make connections and open up our eyes to the work world.
More variety with sponsor location would be great.
I feel like it was a very good opportunity, however watching the same thing for 5 hours straight was more than difficult.
Wish there was a better way for the externship to build on what I was observing and give me a chance to answer
questions and even prompt those questions from me by giving me additional information other than me just observing.
I really liked the help the Career Development center gave on my resume.
Overall a very good experience :)