Externships provide the opportunity for teachers, counselors, and administrators to spend time as employees of local businesses and learn first-hand about opportunities and employer needs. RGV LEAD currently implements two Externship initiatives, the Academic Leadership Alliance Summer Educator Externships and a shorter version, Introduction to Externships, modeled on A•L•A.
Participating educators develop lesson plans, counseling materials, and supporting materials reflecting what they have learned in their experiences at employer worksites. Ultimately, the educators utilize the lesson plans and counseling materials with students during the academic year following the experience. Because one educator works with over one hundred students every year, thousands of students are impacted by the Externship experiences in which their teachers and counselors have participated.