Students arrive at NECI anticipating their externships. The process of selecting a well-supervised, educationally-oriented externship begins almost immediately with an 18-week Professional Development class that Career Services teaches during the student’s first resident term. During the first 12 weeks, students are introduced to the externship process, and create a resume and cover letter. They will also develop interpersonal communication skills through mock interviews and discover various techniques to help them research externship sites and regions. Students also create and develop a personal website or e-portfolio to showcase their learning and development. During the next 6 weeks, students focus on writing effective externship-specific goals based around budgetary and financial considerations, industry expectations pertaining to hostile environments and harassment, and self-marketing, while continuing to develop their e-portfolio and completing a review of their online social media sites such as LinkedIn.