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Senior Externship Program

Real-World Experiences

We take pride in providing our students with enriching, leadership experiences that expand their education beyond our classroom walls through experiential learning and community collaboration.

The Senior Externship Program is a one-day shadowing and mentoring experience that exposes seniors to a variety of professions that match their own passions and interests with employers, organizations, alumni, and parents. Since 2017, we have partnered with 100+ area employers in 20 different industries. 

Steve WallAssistant Dean of Students and Senior Externship Coordinator

The externship is a unique, professional opportunity for students to express how their interest potentially relate to a particular profession, articulate what a 'day in the life' would look like, and experience the value of making connections."

Senior Externship

Employer Hosts

We partner with our parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, and friends of Country Day who serve as hosts, sharing their passion and expertise to mentor our bright and motivated students. Serving as a host employer is also a good opportunity to market your organization and develop greater connections with the Country Day community.

Katie SmallDirector of Marketing, Penn Mutual

I wanted to express our gratitude for being able to share in the Externship experience. It is always rewarding to share what we do – especially those who have an interest in how we serve not only our clients, but our communities. Your students represented Charlotte Country Day very well. We were impressed with their attitudes, questions, and professionalism. It speaks volumes about how Country Day is preparing their students for the real world and beyond."

Employer Host Questionnaire

If you're interested in serving as an employer host for Country Day's Externship Program, please complete the form below. We look forward to matching our seniors with your organization for a one-day shadowing and mentoring experience between January 23–26, 2023.

The completed questionnaire will help us best match our student interests with your organization. For questions, please e-mail We look forward to partnering with you soon.


Contact Information

First Name
Last Name
Relation to Country Dayrequired(check all that apply​​​)
(check all that apply​​​)
(where the job-shadowing experience will take place)
Has your organization participated in our Externship Program in the past?required

Externship Information

To help us better match our seniors' interests, please select the industry that best describes your organization.

Employer Industryrequired(check all that apply)
(check all that apply)
(please specify)
(please specify)
(please specify​​​)
Finance & Investmentsrequired
(please specify)
Does your organization require special documentation prior to participating?required
(please specify​)
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Marketing and Communicationsrequired
(please specify​)
(please specify)
(please specify)
(briefly describe the day's activities​) ​
(specify number of students you can host)
What day would you like to host our student(s)?required(check all that apply)
(check all that apply)
(i.e. 8 am-5 pm)​
(please specify)​​
(is there anything else you would like us to know?)

Suggested Extern Activities

  • Tour of organization 
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Observe client interactions
  • Lunch with other employees/team members
  • Discuss current trends in the profession
  • Explore potential career paths within the organization or profession
  • Conduct Q & A session

Externship Agenda Example

Employer Externship Participants

A special thanks to these employers for previously participating in the Externship Program:

Ali McPhail Interior Design
Ally Financial
Asana Partners
Atrium Healthcare
Avid Exchange
Baird Private Wealth Management
Balfour Beatty Construction
Bank of America
Barings LLC
Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Burrow and Welchel Orthodontics
Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center
Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates
Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery
Carolinas Medical Center
Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Charlotte Pediatric Clinic Matthews
Charlotte Radiology
Compass Group
Conner Family Health Clinic
Custom Polymers Inc.
Department of Emergency Medicine
Dermatologic Surgery of the Carolinas, LLC
Dilworth Animal Hospital
Driven Brands
Duke Energy Corporation
Edifice Inc
Edison Foard Construction
Fitch Irick Partners
Formula One Imports
Global Endowment Management
Graper Cosmetic Surgery
Grier, Furr & Crisp, P.A.
Hatcher Law Group, PC
HKB Cosmetic Surgery
Horack Talley
Hospitality Logistics International
Hunstad Kortesis Plastic Surgery
Ingersoll Rand
Ingrid Wilson Narratives
Ivy Citizens
James McElroy & Diehl
John M. Belk Endowment
Kalons & Glidewell DDS PA General & Cosmetic Dentistry
Kim Brattain Media
La Storia Productions
Merrill Lynch
N2 Publishing/Myers Park Life Magazine
New Oasis International Education (Tower Bridge International)
North Carolina Business Court
Novant Health Barron Homesley Valentine Orthopedic Specialists
Novant Health Heart and Vascular Institute
Novant Health Maternal Fetal Medicine
Novant Health Mintview OB/GYN
Novare Capital Management
Opera Carolina
Pamlico Capital
Parkdale Mills
Piedmont Natural Gas
Plantation Animal Clinic
Premier Inc.
Procurri LLC
RBC Capital Markets - Tax Credit Equity Group
Red Boot Coalition and Girls on the Run
Red Ventures
Ridgemont Equity Partners
Rosenwood Rose & Litwak, PLLC
Selwyn Property Group, Inc.
SouthTown Wake Park, LLC
SPARK Publications
Springs Creative
Supportive Housing Communities
The Charlotte Observer
The Foundation For Tomorrow
The Knox Group
The Queen City Style
Tin Fulton, Walker and Owen Law Offices
Tribek Properties Inc.
Union Obstetrics and Gynecology
US Bank
US Foods
Verizon Wireless
Wells Fargo Commercial Real Estate
Wells Fargo Securities