What is the difference between Externship and Internship?
Internships and externships are very similar. They both place students in a professional setting where they can gain valuable insight into what they can expect to experience within the field they have chosen. But there are some clear differences between the two:
Internships are longer in duration and can last anywhere from 1-3 months, a semester, and in some cases an entire year. Externships, on the other hand, are for a considerably shorter length of time. Externships can be for just one day, or for a week, allowing students to easily complete externships over a winter or spring break.
Students serving as interns will be given meaningful projects, be assigned responsibilities, and work deadlines and expectations, very similar to what they would expect as a full-time employee. Externships, however, are generally considered job shadowing.
Some internships are unpaid, some may include reimbursement for housing and transportation costs, some may be unpaid but offer NU credit. Externships are generally unpaid and do not offer a credit. They are intended to give students a short, real-life preview into their career.
Why doing an ex/internship is important?
- Intern gains the initial professional experience that enhances his/her competitiveness;
- Internships are a proven way to gain relevant knowledge and skills;
- Internship is similar to training, which would be given in an educational environment and asking questions is one key to learning;
- Intern is not entitled to wages, but he/she gains valuable insight in the working processes of that particular company and the industry at large.
- Visit our CareerNet section and check available opportunities
Pay a thorough attention to the details announced in the internship opportunity (timelines, criteria, resume language, etc.). These details will help to compile a full package of documents requested and avoid spending an extra time on re-doing everything.
- Prepare/update your resume
- Your resume should be named properly (e.g. Resume_Serik_Berikov, Transcript_Masha_Ivanova).
- Make sure that the contact information is valid (i.e. phone number, email address).
- Make sure that your current GPA is indicated.
- Do not forget about the subject line (Internship name, your Last name) in your message if you are applying by Email. It will ensure your application is not lost. Companies may have several open positions and receive up to hundred applications daily.
- Apply for Ex/internship
All applications should be submitted before the actual deadline. It will help you avoid the unnecessary stress if your application is rejected due to late submission.
- Prepare yourself for interview
- Some companies would like to talk to candidates before completing the selection process.
- Dress appropriately (wearing jeans, shorts, sports shoes etc. is not the right choice for an interview appearance).
- Do not be late! It’s always better to come to interview 10-15 minutes earlier.
- Have a hard copy of your resume with you.
- Make sure you are aware of the skills needed for this internship position.
- Be professional
- Make sure you dress in accordance with internal regulations of the company (esp. in governmental organizations or banks).
- If you get sick during the internship, you should immediately inform your supervisor or CAC contact person, otherwise this can have negative consequences on further relations between the company and NU.
- Be focused and initiative. Demonstrate all your knowledge and skills.
- If you have been contacted by the company directly, please make sure you have informed your CAC contact person. This will allow you keep your room in the NU dormitory (for summer internships in Astana) and use other CAC services (career services, prof. development).
- Make all arrangements well in advance! Normally, it takes us 5 working days as a minimum to finalize all the related paperwork to have your placement duly documented. Should the host-organization request a written agreement to be concluded, the processing period can be extended to 10 working days. No last minute arrangements can be guaranteed.