Externships last anywhere from one day to several weeks and are designed to give students a hands-on experience in a medical workplace. For students, this experience is invaluable. Not only does it offer quick exposure to a particular program, it also helps students recognize whether the program is for the student and the student right for the program. It also provides students with an experience they can include on their curriculum vitae (CV) without taking up too much time.
Furthermore, externships give students a chance to practice in their intended profession, receive advice from professionals in their desired field about finding success, and network with potential colleagues for the future. Externships aren’t only beneficial to medical school graduates. Since such programs are usually short, employers are capable of finding potential hires that do not require immediate payment. This saves programs money and helps them to avoid hiring the wrong person. Programs that are exposed to an extern’s work may offer them a full-time position or internship following their externship, since they are already familiar with their skill set and work ethic.