Iowa STEM Teacher Externships

Externship at Kemin Industries

Sean Gibbons a Physical Science/Biology teacher at Knoxville High School worked at Kemin Industries in the CALTAX lab to analyze samples and look for certain key phospholipids.

Greatness STEMs from Teacher Externships

How many times have you heard a student ask, “When will I ever use this?”

The Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Program aim to help teachers answer that age-old question.

During the summer, educators work side-by-side with knowledgeable and skilled industry employees who help bring the classroom curriculum to life. Teacher Externships provide educators with the exposure to answer questions about real-world application, prepare students for careers they may have in the future, and improve educational experiences.

“The experience I've had here will definitely change how I approach certain topics because I've seen the kinds of skills that the people who work here at different levels need to have. I will be able to give my students an idea of the kind of future employment they can expect to have if they only aspire to certain levels of education and training.”

Doug Darland, Muscatine High School, 2011 Extern – Monsanto (Muscatine)

Teacher Externships began in the summer of 2009 with a few goals in mind:

  • Create lasting partnerships between businesses and local schools.
  • Connect Teacher Extern experience with STEM content and 21st century skills identified in the Iowa Core.
  • Give students real-world career information about career possibilities right here in Iowa.
  • Give teachers the opportunity to see and use the latest real-world applications STEM disciplines in a local business or industry.

Teacher Externships are full-time, six-week temporary summer positions in local businesses and agencies for secondary teachers of mathematics, science and/or technology.  Teachers earn a stipend of up to $4,800 (including two days of professional development), as well as one graduate credit through the University of Northern Iowa’s Continuing Education program.

Learn more about Teacher Externships by reading the Extern Blogs or read the FAQ.

Please contact Externships@IowaSTEM.gov for additional information.