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Honors offers Bold Futures job shadowing week

November 18, 2013

BOLD FUTURES logoHave you ever wanted to know what it was like to work in a particular career? What it means to be “on the job, all day, every day?”

Here is your chance.

University Honors, in partnership with the NIU Alumni Association, is offering NIU Honors students an exclusive opportunity to shadow an NIU alumnus for one week in January 2014 – Monday, Jan. 6, through Friday, Jan. 10 – in their field of employment.

Participants will get to see what is like to be a lawyer, a business woman, an engineer, a salesman, an entrepreneur, an educator or to be involved in government or any one of many other career paths.

This is the pilot year for this program and space is limited. Participants will be selected through a competitive application process. Applications are being emailed to Honors students.

The program will include not only the externship experience but also a five-week, one-hour-per-week seminar during the first five weeks of the Spring 2014 semester. Students will have to register for the program by enrolling in the seminar and will receive 1 credit hour for the experience and seminar.

"Your Career" road signStudents must indicate a ranked preference for their top three fields, provide an essay explaining why they think this experience will be valuable to their on-going education and committing to full and complete participation.

While it might be helpful for applicants to have some exposure to the field of their choice, all University Honors students are eligible and should not exclude themselves from any one field. This is an opportunity to see what it is like to work in these fields.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, Dec. 3. Students will be notified by Friday, Dec. 6, of their selection and assignment. All application materials must be submitted electronically or by hard copy to J.D. Bowers, associate vice provost for University Honors.

For more information, email Bowers at [email protected].