Episcopal Externships and their Success
Last Spring, we launched three new externships for students. These externships were in addition to our annual Summer Science Scholar and Lt. Governor programs. Externships were designed to give students opportunities to work in the professional fields of areas of personal interests. Additionally, externships gave students the opportunity to see classroom lessons, skills, and concepts in action as they worked with local businesses and nonprofits.
The three externships Episcopal offered last spring were with HIA Velo, The Alotian Club, and the Emerging Analytics Center at University of Arkansas Little Rock (EAC). HIA Velo designs and produces best-in-class carbon fiber bicycles. The Alotian Club is one of the top golf courses in the United States and host of the 2019 Arnold Palmer Cup. The EAC is a research center that houses innovative research in technology, infrastructure, and applications for virtual and augmented reality.
In each case, students were able to work with mentors in the field they were interested in and passionate about. These students set goals, attended meetings, and were part of the professional work in each business or research center. The student externs for the spring of 2018 were Haley Tucker, Mary Claire Briggs, Braden Seale, Ray Little, Eleck Boone, and Logan Carney.
The externships varied in length, some students met with their mentor 4 or 5 times while others met 4 days a week for a 6-week period. In all externships, students were able to produce their own work and contribute to real projects. For example, Braden Seale designed a team bike for the AIDS/LifeCycle race in California that they used in the race this past June.
This fall, we will continue to build on the success of our spring externships by growing our existing partnerships while expanding our opportunities with new externships in interior design, investment banking, broadcast, research, and marketing.