For more, please see the Medical Assistant Career Information box in the MA guide.
What is an externship?
"Similar to an apprenticeship or internship, an externship is typically a training program offered by educational institutions and private businesses that give students brief practical experiences in their field of study" (Smith, 2013, para. 3).
Review the information on the following tabs to help you prepare for your externship!
Tips for Success
“This is your experience--you will get out of it what you put into it. Keep in mind to impress at all times as this may be your potential employer and/or reference.”
Before you begin
At your site
What is professionalism? According to the US Department of Labor, "professionalism does not mean wearing a suit or carrying a briefcase; rather, it means conducting oneself with responsibility, integrity, accountability, and excellence. It means communicating effectively and appropriately and always finding a way to be productive" (Department of Labor, n.d.).
Being professional is important whether it is in the classroom or on the job. Consider the following aspects of professionalism (many items taken from Rasmussen's Medical Assisting Program's PATH [Professionalism, Attitude, Time Management, and Hygiene] Project) packet:
Rasmussen's guide on ethical behavior and professional responsibilities. It includes information not only on ethics but also on managing your online footprint (think social media strategy and netiquette).
Department of Labor. (n.d.). Soft skills to pay the bills: Mastering soft skills for workplace success. Retrieved from http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills/softskills.pdf
Smith, J. (2013). Externships: What they are and why they're important. Forbes. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/05/30/externships-what-they-are-and-why-theyre-important/