Rutgers MBS - NJBDA

Rutgers MBS Externship Exchange


New Jersey Big Data Alliance (NJBDA)

Joint Externship Exchange Program

(Applications Now Open for Spring 2021)


What is an Externship?

Externships are opportunities for students to gain real-world experience in their field. Externships through this partner program are provided by the Rutgers Masters of Business and Science (MBS) Externship Exchange Program and the NJBDA via a grant from the US Economic Development Administration (US-EDA). Upon successful completion students are eligible for a $2,000 fellowship.

How is an Externship different from an Internship?

  • Externships are semester-long experiential learning opportunities and are completed virtually
  • Students are engaged 8-10 hours per week remotely; 3 students will be assigned to each project
  • The Company defines the scope of work to be performed by the student team
  • Students are vetted and selected to participate in the program
  • Each project has a Rutgers MBS Faculty Advisor and a company Mentor assigned to the team
  • Student’s home institution advisor(s), and NJBDA faculty/staff are invited to attend a final presentation
  • OPT/CPT Visa limitations DO NOT apply since this is a remote, off-campus project
    Note: The company partner will be located in New Brunswick, Newark, or Cumberland County

What are requirements to participate?

  • Students must be attending an NJBDA member college/university (
  • Students must be in their junior or senior year of their undergraduate studies & have a GPA of 3.0 +
  • In order to be eligible for the fellowship portion, students must not be in their final semester.
  • Students must have a Data Science, Business Analytics, Computer Science or related major. Experience with Python is suggested.
  • Students must submit an application and required items via the NJBDA website by 5:00 pm January 29; students will be asked about related courses, GPA, personal statement indicating why they are interested in participating in the program, relevant skills (Python, R, etc.); and their availability

Externship Timeline

  • Selected Students must be available to begin the week of February 22 (internal and external kick-off meetings)
  • Midpoint review of student team – week of March 29 (approximate)
  • Final review of student team – week of May 3

Note: Each student is required to dedicate a minimum of 8 to 10 hours of work per week to the project during the program period

When will I be notified if I have been selected for the Externship?

  • Candidates will be notified only if selected for an interview; those selected for the Externship will be informed the week of February 19.


Download a PDF copy of the NJBDA-Rutgers MBS Externship flyer