Teacher Externships

NC New Schools connects network teachers with partners in business and industry to create professional learning opportunities for educators and bring work-based experiences into the classroom.

What is a Teacher Externship?

A teacher externship is a paid, full-time professional position that provides teachers direct experience in an industry or higher education work environment. By exposing teachers to the real-life applications of what they teach, the externship enables them to develop curriculum suited for project-based learning and that reflects the world of work in the classroom. Ultimately, students benefit through powerful learning activities that prepare them for success in the modern workplace.

Externship structure

Externships take place during the summer months, typically lasting 3-6 weeks. Teachers are paired with a mentor within the organization who guides and oversees their work.

Deliverables vary based on each organization’s needs. All externs should be assigned a challenging, meaningful project or task to complete by the end of the term, preferably working with a team of employees in the company. Ninety percent of the extern’s time is spent carrying out the assigned project, while 10 percent is spent crafting project-based learning units or other learning activities that transfer elements of the externship experience to the classroom.

Summer 2015 Teacher Externships

  • Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
  • Syngenta Crop Protection
  • Duke Energy
  • National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences
  • LORD Corporation

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