Externship Program


It can be found at Girls Inc. of Orange County’s link below. 


Girls Inc. of Orange County’s Externship ProgramGirls Meet the Workforce is a FREE four-month job readiness experiential opportunity for current 9th through 12th graders. Its purpose is to help you identify your career interests and prepare you for today’s workforce. You will strengthen your soft skills (e.g. interpersonal communication, leadership, and networking) as well as your hard skills (e.g. navigating Microsoft Office and Google applicationsthroughout our career-readiness programming. This is accomplished by holding online trainings via ZOOM with Program Staff. During each Development Day, there will be extensive career exploration within industries like STEM, Law, Business, and those that are underrepresented by women. 


If you are accepted into the Externship Program, you will engage in a series of Development Days, a Training Week, speed mentoring workshops, networking events, and college/career panels. 

What are Externships? 

Our externs are unique experiential learning opportunities, like internships, offered by Girls Inc. of Orange County that give you trainings to feel equipped for a workplace environment. The Externship Program partners with organizations, businesses, and firms around Orange County who will provide professional development workshops and workplace trainings April through August 2021. This is an opportunity to experience what it is like to work in successful company while building your network with women who can mentor you beyond the scope of this program. The Externship Program is designed so you can gain critical skills in workplace dynamics, leadership development, college readiness, and career exploration through hands-on experience in an industry with female mentors.  

What workforce skills do the Externs foster? 

You will participate in a lifeskills training program focusing on interpersonal and technical skill such as professionalism, business etiquette, written, verbal and non-verbal communication, time management, telephone, and computer skills facilitated by Girls Inc. of Orange CountyYou will also learn interview skills, resume/cover letter buildingand how to find the career of your dreamsSome benefits include: 

  • Mentoring with Girls Inc. Staff 
  • Finding out what careers best suit you 
  • Being able to amp up your resume with hands-on work experience 
  • Networking and receiving advice from professional women 
  • Learning about attending college 
  • Learning how to manage and save the money you earn 
  • College and Career Panels 
  • Speed Mentoring Workshops from local community leaders and women in professional fields 
  • Access to GIOC scholarships opportunities 

Absences during Development Days and Training Week  

Everyone is allowed one excused absence. Any absences after one excused absence will be unexcused. Unexcused absences will result in no longer being guaranteed a spot in the Externship ProgramLate arrivals and early departures from program days may be counted as absences if coordinator is not contacted beforehand 

Additional 11th Grade Information 

This year, 11th Graders will be eligible to receive a $300 stipend after completion of the program. Because of the additional responsibility of having a host placement and mentorship requirements, they will be eligible to receive this stipendTo qualify for the $300 stipend, all 11th Grade externs must successfully complete the program. Successful completion is defined as: 

  • Following directions and submitting required materials on-time to Girls Inc. staff and summer host organization (activitiesassignments, evaluations, etc.) 
  • Having zero or one excused absence  
  • Completing the set number of hours agreed upon with your summer placement mentor 
  • Upholding standards of professionalism at your summer placement workplace and during Girls Inc. Externship programming 

2021 Tentative Program Timeline and Required Commitments 

All accepted participants are required to attend: bi-weekly Development Days, a 5-day Training Week in June 2021are committing to being available at least 10 hours per week from July 6th through July 31st for placements/workshops, the Extern Reunion, and the Externship Reception. These will all be held via Zoom or our digital learning platform, Canvas.  

By submitting this application, the applicant and their parent/guardian have read, understand, and agree that the participant will attend the following sessions in observance of the program eligibility requirements and commitments.

2021 Dates  Mandatory Commitments 
Monday, February 1st, 2021  Applications go live 
Monday, March 1st, 2021  Applications due by 11:59 PM 
Monday, March 22nd, 2021  Participants selected and notified acceptance to program 
Friday, March 26th, 2021  Participants accept/decline offer by 11:59 PM 
Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 


Thursday, April 1st, 2021 

Participant Orientation 

  • 11th Grade – March 30th 5:00-6:30 PM 
  • 9th, 10th, and 12th Grade – April 1st 5:00-6:30 PM 
The Week Of: 

  • April 5th – April 9th, 2021 
  • April 19th – April 23rd, 2021 
  • May 3rd – May 7th, 2021 
  • May 17th – May 21st, 2021 
  • May 31st  June 4th, 2021 
Development Days from 5:00-7:00 PM 

  • All Development Days will be on weekdays this year 
  • 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th will have varying and separate Development Days during the given weeks 
  • Confirmation of dates will be provided after acceptance to program* 
June 7th – June