What is a Flashternship?
A Flashternship is Kent State University’s job shadow program (sometimes referred to as an externship or micro-internship) for freshmen and sophomore students.
The Specifics: Students can spend anywhere from a few hours up to a week observing a professional on the job, making connections and determining if that career is a good fit.
The Goal: Flashternships give students a firsthand look at the day-to-day of a career to help them decide if that career could be a good fit for them and helps them expand their professional network.
Students can also find out...
- ...whether they have the skills (or can attain the skills) needed to perform the job.
- ...what educational paths can lead to the job.
“I found the possibility of a career in design and how engineering can be holistic. Also, this Flashternship opportunity taught me how design and engineering work together. Moreover, I was impressed that the teamwork there is the key to do everything, everyone has an equally important part, and the needs of global market is very important.”
-Natalie, Environmental Studies Freshman
What happens during a Flashternship?
Every Flashternship is different! Students may have opportunities to...
- ...follow and observe a professional on the job.
- ...socialize with and ask questions of professionals.
- ...participate in company projects.
- ...attend staff meetings.
- ...go on tour of the company and meet to key employees.
- ...engage in conversations with clientele.
- ...meet with HR staff to understand what they look for when hiring college graduates