Externships: Workplace Host Summer Commitment

"Kemin Industries has taken in Teacher Externs since the program's launch in 2009 for two reasons. First, teachers make real and significant contributions to our operations in the lab, out in the field, and on our teams. And second, even more importantly, we know that teachers take back to school innovative teaching ideas that improve learning experiences that in turn produce career-ready graduates for Kemin and other employers across Iowa."

— Dr. Chris Nelson, CEO and President, Kemin Industries

We are in the planning stages for this summer’s Iowa Teacher Externships Program—our nationally acclaimed teacher professional development experience that links what goes on in school with real-life applications in jobs that await Iowa kids, while bringing you a great return on investment. Click here to view a map of all past workplace-host partners

The overall goal of the Externship experience is to transfer knowledge and skills from the host site back to the students of Iowa.  In order to connect the classroom to the careers found in our state, embedding the teacher as part of the workplace team and engaging them in projects and problem solving throughout the experience is essential.  The key is to have something in place that will allow the teacher to use their professional skills while thinking critically and creatively, and gaining first hand experience of the importance of collaboration and communication in the workplace.    

In addition to the “project/problem” model, Externship hosts can utilize the teachers’ skill set to help design, carry out, or evaluate employee professional development or educational programming at the worksite.  The host may also allow teacher externs to do short, focused periods of job shadowing. These job shadows can be initiated by the host site or the teacher to fully comprehend the operation of host site.   

Please commit now and join us!  An early commitment allows us to better recruit a good match for your experience. Your responses to the following will help us set the wheels in motion. Please indicate your choices below: