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Information for students

Selected students will be matched with an alumni professional for a shadowing experience over winter or summer break. Students and sponsors meet 3 to 5 times over the break, for at least one half day per visit. The program is structured to ensure opportunity for success, providing flexibility to meet the needs of each individual pair. Student mentees are required to participate in an orientation prior to participating in the externship. Each pair will then establish goals and plan logistics for their shadowing experience. At the conclusion of the shadowing sessions, students and sponsors are asked to participate in an evaluation of the program, which helps to identify areas for program improvements.

Summer 2018 Key Dates & Information

  • Application deadline: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 4pm
  • Interviews will occur during the week of March 19th
  • Student notification of match by April 12
  • Externships will occur between 5/28 to 8/19

Sample of Externship Opportunities

This is a sampling of LACE opportunities. Please note that externship availability may vary.

How do students benefit?

  • Explore careers and work environments and test interests

  • Observe day-to-day activities and ask questions to learn more about a potential career field

  • Understand important competencies needed for career success

  • Gain exposure to the expectations and culture of organizations, as well as workplace dynamics

  • Develop relationships with professionals and build a professional network

  • Acquire marketable skills

  • Learn and practice appropriate business etiquette

  • Apply skills learned in college both in and out of the classroom to real life experiences

  • Make informed choices about electives, internships, minors and other academic options during junior and senior year

How might students spend their time?

The sponsor and student will collectively shape the externship experience. Depending upon the particular site, the student may be a participant, an observer, or both. Activities might include:

  • Observe work being performed by shadowing sponsor and/or co-workers

  • Speak with sponsor about their career field, career path, job responsibilities, experiences

  • Attend staff or committee meetings or presentations

  • Take a tour of the organization

  • Participate in informational interviews with staff members to understand the organization, industry and future trends, and career paths within this field.

  • Attend a training program for new employees

  • Complete or assist with a sampling of work assignment

  • Observe client interactions

  • Have lunch with sponsor and/or co-workers

  • Meet Human Resources staff to understand what they look for in college graduates

  • Meet with Binghamton alumni who work at the organization

  • Meet young, recently hired staff to understand their experiences

What is the application process?

Harpur students in good academic standing with a minimum 2.75 GPA who have completed a minimum of one year of college are eligible to apply. Preference is given to current and rising sophomores. Interested students must:

  • Apply on hireBING and upload a well-written, professional resume and cover letter, explaining why you want to participate in LACE. The cover letter should be addressed to: Ms. Ashley Serbonich, Assistant Director, Harpur Edge Binghamton University

  • The Student recommendation form (Google Form) must be completed by a faculty or staff member at Binghamton University

  • Students will be directed from the hireBING listing to a Google form to select their top 5 externship choices

  • All application documents (resume, cover letter, externship choices and recommendation form) must be received by the application deadline in order for the application to be considered. Applicants will receive an email if selected for an interview with instructions on scheduling an interview slot. 

  • If you plan on applying for the Harpur Edge Support Fund to cover costs associated with LACE, you will fill out the application after you are accepted for LACE.

Students will be selected based on evaluation of cover letter, resume, recommendation and the interview, along with the availability of a sponsor match based on career interest and geographic preference. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Students will not receive academic credit or pay.

Note: Students who wish to participate in the LACE program and who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that they will be asked about their prior criminal history. This may impede your ability to participate. Students who have concerns about such matters, or are looking for additional information, are advised to contact the dean's office of their intended academic program.

The matching process

Students will be matched with sponsors based on interests and availability, as well as geographic locations. Preference will be given to current and rising sophomores. Students will be notified of their acceptance into the program and will receive information about their sponsor during the mandatory orientation.


Ashley Serbonich
LACE Coordinator, Assistant Director of Harpur Edge
Location: Harpur Edge Office: Library North 1105
Phone: 607-777-4278

Last Updated: 3/13/18