Career Vocabulary

Know your career vocabulary:

Internship

An experience where a student works as a member of an organization in order to gain real work experience and “test drive” the chosen career field

Externship/Job Shadow

A temporary on-site visit to a workplace that can last for several hours, or up to a week, in order to gain knowledge of the job and company

Co-Op

A course of study typically designed for engineers or medical students that involves supervised practical application of previously studied techniques

Practicum

A course of study typically designed for the preparation of teachers and clinicians that involves the supervised practical application of previously studied theory

Apprenticeship

A time where a student learns by practical experience under skilled and trained workers of a trade or art

Field Placement

A supervised opportunity to gain vital work experience by applying lessons and theory learned in the classroom

Clinical

The observation and treatment of actual patients, often in a local medical center, rather than theoretical or laboratory studies