(Applications for Spring 2023 now closed)

Rutgers MBS - NJBDA

Rutgers MBS Externship Exchange


New Jersey Big Data Alliance (NJBDA)

Joint Externship Exchange Program


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
  • The company / organization defines the scope of work to be performed by the student team
  • Students are vetted and selected to participate in the program
  • Students are engaged 8-10 hours per week remotely; 5 students will be assigned to each project
  • 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 Newark, New Jersey

What are the requirements to participate?

  • Students must be attending an NJBDA member college/university (See members at njbda.org)
  • Students must be in their junior or senior year of their undergraduate studies & have a GPA of 3.0 +
  • Students must have a Data Science, Business Analytics, Computer Science or related major; experience with data analytic software tools are recommended
  • Students must submit an application and required items via the NJBDA website by 11:59 pm December 12, 2022. Students will be asked about related courses, GPA, a personal statement indicating why they are interested in the Externship, relevant skills (Python, R, etc.); and their availability for weekly meetings.
  • Interviews will be held the week of January 9 and selected Students must be available to begin virtual team meetings the week of January 23 and attend virtual weekly Externship Labs on professional development topics held on Tuesdays from 5:10 pm – 6:40 pm beginning January 24

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

  • Interviews will take place in early January; all candidates receiving interviews will be informed if they have been selected or not by January 20


Download PDF of flyer: 2023 MBS Externship flyer