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Alumni Career Externship (ACE) Program

The Alumni Career Externship (ACE) Program is an opportunity for a student to shadow an alumni host in his or her professional environment for two to three days during Spring Break. Externs get an up-close sense of the types of skills, knowledge and capabilities they will need to acquire or develop in order to be successful in a particular industry.  The Program is co-sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Career Center.
Hosts include CEOs, CFOs, CDOs, partners, presidents, founders and others in upper-level management in the following fields: advertising, architecture, broadcasting, business, cyber security, entrepreneurship, film, finance, hospitality, human resources, investment banking, law, marketing, real estate and telecommunications.
During the externship, students are encouraged to attend meetings and presentations, observe how data is analyzed and research conducted, and perhaps even work on an independent project under the host’s guidance. Many externs are introduced to other staff members to better understand how the organization functions and the roles of each area. In addition to career exploration, externs leave with newly formed relationships and a network of contacts in their target industry. For more information, take a look at the list of past externships or read testimonials from past participants. You can also read about the experience of host Lisa Sharkey, AB ’80, and her extern Amy Crumpler, AB ’10 by clicking here.
Externships are unpaid. Travel and/or housing expenses (if necessary) are neither reimbursed nor subsidized.
For Alumni
Read more about the role of the host.   
If you are interested in hosting a student or would like additional information, please email Kathy Budde or call (314) 935-7379.
For Students
To apply for an externship, please click on Careerlink. After you enter your WUSTL key, you will be taken directly to the posting. When you upload your cover letter and résumé, indicate your host preference. You may apply for up to three separate externship positions.
Questions? Email ​Kathy Budde or call (314) 935-7379.


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