Virtual Educator Externships
What is an Educator Externship?
Externships are a professional development opportunity where educators engage in industry activities to learn how classroom content and learning are applied in the workplace. During a virtual externship, educators rotate between various industry experiences via Zoom meetings, ending with a collaborative and interactive group activity, creating lessons that apply their newly acquired industry acumen in the classroom.
Participating businesses represent high demand industries throughout Arizona. Past representation includes:
1st Bank Yuma
Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits
Arizona Public Service
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing
Dircks Moving & Logistics
Pilkington Construction Co.
Salt River Project
University of Arizona Yuma
University of Phoenix
Educators from across Arizona, including middle school, high school, community college, and university teachers and counselors have participated in the externship. Through focused interviews, panels, trainings, and virtual tours, each business dedicates one to two hours hosting sessions that give educators glimpses into their respective industries. Topics covered include career awareness, technical and employability skills, and professional culture and expectations.
Spring 2021 Virtual Educator Externships
From March 29 – April 9, 2020, a cohort of educators will participate in one-hour sessions with industry professionals throughout Arizona.
See the Externships in Action!
There have been two Virtual Educator Externships held thus far: June 2020 and October 2020. Most externship sessions have been recorded so that industry knowledge can be shared broadly and impact as many classrooms across Arizona as possible.
Employers and educators each have various reasons for participation, but most agree that the experience allows educators to gain advanced industry knowledge and equip them to better prepare their students for life after graduation.
“It was rewarding to be able to provide teachers information that they can take back and use in their classrooms.”
Sandy Carlock, Talent Brand Specialist, State Farm
“Employability skills are as important or even more important than technical knowledge. Technical knowledge can be taught on the job, but soft skills are needed to do the job well.”
Annette Wright-Smith, Health Sciences Teacher, Phoenix Union High School District
The Virtual Educator Externships are evaluated to ensure quality, relevant, and impactful programming. The reports below include survey responses from employers and educators, along with key learnings and satisfaction ratings submitted by participants.