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For companies

Impactful strategic projects for resource-constrained teams

Fortune 500s and startups leverage Extern to drive outcomes with expert-led teams of curated student talent.

Tackle key projects without stretching your in-house team

Ambitious students work remotely
30 mins of your time/week on average
Fully managed by our team
See example projects with HSBC’s Innovation Team

Join visionary leaders investing in the future of work

“The value of the Externship is the quick pace of having students learn our business in a short amount of time and getting training from both the Extern team and AT&T staff.
For the company, it doesn’t require a big time commitment but provides us access to a diverse group of students with great ideas that could benefit our business, if applied. I really love the Externship concept and  admire the professionalism you’re handing down to these students."
Jeanette Pasuizaca
Lead Product Marketing Manager at AT&T
Extern provides you with fully-managed project teams to accelerate strategic projects:
Customer research at scale
Run hundreds of customer interviews to better understand and define your customer profile
Product validation
Gather product feedback and run validation tests for product impact
Perform market research
Complete a variety of market and competitive research exercises for your solution space
Analytical projects
Gather, synthesize and distill data and learnings
Accelerate growth experiments
Run a variety of growth projects with Gen Z insights
What strategic project has been sitting on your to-do list because nobody has time?

See how companies are transforming their business with Externships

Gather Gen Z insights & amplify projects
Whether you’re a resource-constrained marketing team looking to gather Gen Z insights at scale, or product team looking to prototype ideas for younger audiences, Externships efficiently harness the insights and skills of emerging generations.

We’ve worked with consumer companies like Beats by Dre to understand their customers’ buying journeys from all around the world, as well as financial services firms like HSBC to investigate technologies that will impact the future of work for employees.
Scale social impact & CSR initiatives
Foundations, CSR teams, and nonprofits have partnered with Extern to make progress on societal challenges around upskilling, education, and equity. 

We've been awarded prestigious grants and partner closely with corporate foundation arms to deliver experiences that lead to true economic mobility for community college and other undeserved student populations.
Externships as pre-internship or expanded hiring funnels
Large enterprises like AT&T and the Home Depot use Externships as pre-hire assessments and alternative recruiting pipelines. Show Gen Z and underrepresented talent that your organization is committed to their upskilling and career development without having to deploy enormous resources or interrupt your employee’s busy schedules.

You pick the project, we take care of the rest

After defining your project goals, our team of industry consultants will design the project, manage the program, and support students so you can focus on your job. We let you do the fun stuff like guest lectures with students, while we curate the best output for you.

Our programs are meant to be adaptable to your needs; you let us know what you need and we’ll handle the rest!
“The Externship program allowed our brand to directly tap into a fantastic focus group of Gen Z consumers.
I’ve been really impressed with the engagement and smart thinking displayed by the students in their assignments. Through the project, we got actionable insights within weeks from 50-100 externs that allowed us to craft the right messaging on international marketing campaigns."
Camille Barbier
Head of Consumer Insights at Beats by Dre
Dedicated Program Manager fully oversees the project, provides extern support and handles admin tasks so you don’t have to
Engage hundreds of externs in less than 1/10th the time it takes to manage a single intern
Our dedicated recruiting team sources and selects externs based on the needs of your team and project
Training, mentorship, and TA support for externs
Our team narrows down the best work, synthesizing just what you need
A centralized hub for tracking the progress of the project and the performance of externs, offering data and insights
Why employers love Extern
Countries with local Externs
Universities with student Externs
1 in 2
Externs land Fortune 1000 jobs

Get Externs from top universities

How the Externship works

30 - 50 Students per Program
Externs solve a real problem for the host company.
3-8 week
live learning program
Happens during spring, summer & fall. Extern provides coaching sessions via weekly meetings & office hours.
10-15 hours per week
from externs
Externs present their recommendations to the host company.
Avg. 30 min per week
of company time
To attend weekly sessions moderated by Extern.

Ready to get started?

Talk to the team to see how Externships can impact your business
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