As a student or alumni of American Business & Technology University (ABTU), you have complimentary access to ongoing career services that include resume writing assistance, live career workshops, LinkedIn and personal brand development, job search and location assistance, and externships and practicums in certain programs. ABTU tools and resources include innovative software and services that help you locate employment opportunities in your area. These services are ongoing and do not expire for graduates of ABTU programs.

Although not a requirement of the program, graduates have the opportunity to participate in a clinical externship and / or a hands on practicum (in programs that have an externship or practicum component). An externship is a unique opportunity that allows you to gain an insider’s view into a career field, observe on-the-job activities, and participate in hands-on learning in the workplace.

ABTU has a dedicated Career Services department that will work with you to locate potential externship sites in your area such as a hospital, physician’s practice, clinic, or other healthcare related organization. Additionally, we will assist you with meeting the requirements necessary to participate in the externship which may include background screening, drug tests, and other externship site specific requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Externship?

An externship is a unique opportunity that allows ABTU students to gain an insider’s view into a career field, observe on-the-job activities, and participate in hands-on learning experiences in the workplace. An externship is an intensive job shadowing that generally lasts 20-30 hours over the course of 1 to 3 weeks.

What is the difference between an internship and an externship?

The main difference is length: externships are typically from 1 to 3 weeks in length while most internships are 8 to 12 weeks in length.

Who can participate in an externship?

You may apply for the externship if you are within 45 days of completing your program, and must apply for the externship within 180 days of program completion. If you have completed an externship in the past and would like to complete a second one, or have been a graduate for longer than 180 days before starting your externship, a $125.00 fee is required to participate in the externship. If required by the Externship Site, you must be able to pass a background test and / or a drug test. You will also be required to provide your own transportation to the Externship Site.

Why participate?

The benefits you receive from being a student extern are invaluable. You will . . .

– gain real-world work experience,
– get exposure to a sample workplace,
– have a safe place to practice your professional behavior,
– receive mentoring and advice from professionals in the field, and
– start developing a network of professionals

. . . all things that will help you break into your new career.

What am I committing to?

By submitting your application to the Externship Program, you are agreeing to accept any of the externship choices you submit, and to honor the commitment.

How will I get to and from my externship?

You are responsible for all travel expenses.

Who can I contact with questions?

Contact Debra Hayes in Career & Alumni Services at debra.hayes@abtu.edu or call 816.265.1954 with questions about the externship program.

How do I apply for an externship?

To apply, click here for the Externship Application.