• Educator Externships are a form of professional development that allow educators teaching in college and career pathways to learn, through direct experience, about trends, skill requirements, and opportunities in industries related to their areas of instruction in order to enrich and strengthen their teaching and bring relevance to student learning. 

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    With the goal that all students are prepared for college and career pathway educators must constantly update their own knowledge and skills about their industry sector.  Externships offer educators exposure to the most current workplace practices, tools, and information, and an “on‐the‐ground” understanding of the future economic and career trends that will affect their students. Educators also learn about the skills used in daily work processes and the levels of academic and technical competence required for a specific career.  In addition, externships provide educators with specific and real-world examples of the kinds of teamwork, planning, decision‐making, problem‐solving, communication, social emotional learning and creativity employed in successful businesses and organizations.


    With this first‐hand exposure, educators then design and implement classroom curriculum, projects, and work‐ based learning opportunities that will deepen understanding and add relevance and meaning to students’ classroom learning.  These opportunities connect classroom content with students’ future career interests and help students develop both the academic, social-emotional, and technical skills required in the world they are preparing to enter.


    Interested in more information?  Take a look at the Educator Externship Manual here Educator Externship Manual

Summer 2022 Educator Externship Opportunities

  • The OUSD High School Linked Learning Office is excited to announce three Educator Externship opportunities for Summer 2022.

    The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will be offering 6 teachers in the content areas of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry the opportunity to work and create curriculum for the classroom.  This externship will be for 3 hours per day during the month of July.  Exact dates and more detailed information will be provided in the coming weeks.  The link below is a  powerpoint from the 2021 externship and is provided for reference only. (possible stipend available through LLL)

    Berkeley Lab Summer Externship

    Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing with Mattson and UCG will be offering 6-8 Educator Externships in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Sciences with a focus on math and science skills in industry. The externship opportunity will take place the week of July 15, 2022.  

    Community Based Organizations (CBO) Externships

    Oakland-based CBOs Youth Employment Partnership (YEP), Lao Family Community, Unity Council, and CIviCorps will be offering educator externships the week of July 15, 2022.  This is an opportunity to learn about the services they provide to OUSD students and their families and to prepare students for the transition to work and post-secondary education. 

    If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Gilbert Pete, Coordinator, Business to School at gilbertpetejr@ousd.org 

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