Established by the SIU Alumni Association in 1984, the Extern Program provides students with professional experience in their chosen career fields. Each year over 100 SIU students complete externships throughout the United States. Students are matched with SIU alumni and friends of SIU during spring break and apply skills learned in the classroom in a professional work environment. The Extern Program enhances students’ college education and clarifies their career objectives and goals. In 2016 the Association’s Board of Directors awarded 31 travel awards to assist Externs with the expense of traveling.



“Aleshia Troutman was awesome – in fact, I asked her to apply for a summer job with us.”
- Renee Young, Christy Webber Landscapes, Chicago.


“To me, these students represent hope for all millennials.  Having them get their hands dirty over spring break demonstrates work ethic their future employers will want to see.”
- Andrew Krause, AKA Media CEO, Chicago.