REX – Externship Preparation

Interview or Academic Prep Option

As you, our students, are ambassadors and representatives for George Brown College, we want to ensure that you are best prepared for your externship work opportunity.

The following requirements must be met to successfully complete an externship:

  • Preparation Course
  • Professional Resume
  • Learning Agreement
  • Reflection Paper as assigned by Coordinator
  • WSIB Student Declaration and Letter to Employer
  • Supervisor's Evaluation

Students are responsible for meeting deadlines, and following the steps below. Failure to adhere to these responsibilities could result in failure of the externship program, and require the student to re-register and pay a fee.  

  1. Sign in to ORBIS Field Education and upload your professional resume. Students are also encouraged to update their contact information on Stu-view and check their George Brown email address regularly.
  2. Students are responsible for taking the interview process seriously and will earn a position based on their performance. You may be contacted directly for an interview, you can expect a call or an email. Students are responsible for attending scheduled interviews, after which each candidate is evaluated for suitability and fit by the interviewer. Students should allow time for a second interview, if the first is unsuccessful.
  3. Complete the Student Declaration of WSIB and provide your supervisor with the Letter to Employer. Forms must be returned to the school with a copy left for the supervisor.
  4. Discuss any scheduling conflicts with your externship during the interview process. Students with part-time jobs need to provide this information prior to a start date so that externship hours can be scheduled accordingly.
  5. Students are responsible for being punctual, and agree to call their supervisor should they be running late or unable to work due to illness. Failure to attend work without a call could result in failure of the externship, and dismissal by the venue.
  6. Respond to all e-mails or calls regarding any interview invitations. The Externship Co-ordinator must be notified when an externship is secured. Please ensure to keep your Coordinator informed if you are having any challenges securing an externship.

Students are responsible for meeting all deadline dates. Any missed deadlines may result in missed opportunities for the student. Completion of hours alone does not guarantee a pass, the student is evaluated on overall performance.

How to Prepare:

Academic Preparation

Acadmeic Prep or Student Responsibilities Option

Prior to applying to participate in any externship or co-op, all students must successfully complete the Career Externship Preparation course (HOST 1126) to ensure you have the valuable resources and confidence as you prepare for your externship placement. Note: the Continuing Education equivalent course is Career Readiness (HOST 1131).

Interview Preparation

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As part of this course, you will complete a mock interview to give you valuable feedback and practice tips to complete your externship interviews with confidence. Our Career Services team can assist you with career resources and advice (from resumé assistance to networking events) with a career advisor. Book your appointment today! This is a free service for current students.

Students are responsible for taking the interview process seriously and will earn a position based on their performance. You may be contacted directly for an interview from an employer, or the Externship Office can arrange one. Students are responsible for attending scheduled interviews, after which each candidate is evaluated for suitability and fit by the interviewer. Students should allow time for a second interview, if the first is unsuccessful.

Student Responsibilities

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An externship is an amazing opportunity to experience the workplace firsthand while completing a valuable component of your academic course of study! Students have a responsibility to practice professionalism throughout their placement, and to document their experiences through written reports and assignments. This experiential component involves a minimum of 24 work hours per week. Written reports and documentation required by George Brown College are not considered part of the workweek.

Students are responsible for meeting deadlines, and following the steps below. Failure to adhere to these responsibilities could result in failure of the externship program, and require the student to re-register and pay a fee.

Registration and Administration

Sign in to ORBIS and update your contact information so that the Externship Office can reach you.

Students must also complete all of the following documents in ORBIS within the appropriate time frames:

  1. Work Term Agreement
  2. Upload an exact copy of the resume approved in the Career Preparation Course
  3. Select your top three externship choices
  4. Complete the Work/Education Placement Agreement Form once your externship is confirmed.

Scheduling, Professionalism, and Deadlines

  • Discuss any scheduling conflicts with your externship during the interview process. Students with part-time jobs need to provide this information prior to a start date so that externship hours can be scheduled accordingly.
  • Students are responsible for being punctual, and agree to call their supervisor should they be running late or unable to work due to illness. Failure to attend work without a call could result in failure of the externship and dismissal.
  • Respond to all e-mail and information on ORBIS. The Externship Coordinator must be notified when an externship is secured. Those who don’t secure a placement will receive a failing grade.
  • Students are responsible for meeting all deadline dates. Any missed deadlines may result in a fail. Completion of hours alone does not guarantee a pass, as this is a pass/fail course.

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