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"The Rutgers MBS Externship Exchange program was truly one of the most formative experiences in my life. It gave me the opportunity to work closely with and learn from high level executives at Colgate Palmolive as well as within the MBS program. This program is a golden opportunity to get "real world" experience within leading companies by developing projects that truly have an impact."  - Girish Harinath, MBS Biotechnology & Genomics


Through the Rutgers Master of Business and Science (MBS) Externship Exchange program, students are matched to corporate-sponsored small projects in teams ranging from two to nine students. Taking a project from start to finish, teams are directed by both an MBS academic advisor and a mentor from the organization to which they have been assigned. This unique opportunity allows students to gain real, hands-on work experience at some of the world’s leading corporations while also receiving specialized instruction on topics including leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, and giving effective presentations. Intensive professional development workshops are a hallmark of our program. The Externship Exchange can be a gateway to the job of your dreams. What are you waiting for?

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For students looking to enroll in the Externship Exchange program, click the button below.


If you are a company looking to post an Externship through our program, click the button below.

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Projects run for 6-12 weeks every semester. Students invest approximately 8-10 hours a week. Students work in groups of 2-5 with an MBS advisor and company mentor.

Sample Projects


Students investigated sustainable packaging solutions for Bayer’s domestic shipping supply chain.


Students conducted research into a railroad grade crossing safety solutions, aggregated detection and protection ideas from Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US.


The team conducted research and interviewed industry experts to identify the standards of the food and beverage industry in order to help Ingredion become a more sustainable company.

NJ Cybersecurity & Communication Cell

Using platforms such as Chronicle, BigQuery and Looker, the student team created dashboards to display information on cyber threats for the state of NJ.


A regulatory compliance consulting firm specializing in Project Management, Operational Excellence, and Quality Compliance.

RU Recreation

Students leveraged data in available reports from the Rutgers Recreation hourly payroll system to examine student employment variables and trends such as employee retention and gap semesters.

Advisory Board

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Christie Nelson, Ph.D.

MBS Externship Exchange Director

Assistant Research Professor

MBS Analytics and MBS Cybersecurity Coordinator



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Karen Bemis, Ph.D.

Externship Exchange Assistant Director

Assistant Research Professor

Data Visualization and Volcanology


Abbe Rosenthal, MA, PCC, LCOP, DYL Certified Coach​  

Externship Exchange Assistant Director

Assistant Director

Corporate Engagement Specialist


Rupa Misra, Ed.D.

MBS Externship Exchange Advisor

UXD Concentration Advisor


Lori B. Dars, M.B.A.

Externship Exchange Advisor

Associate Director of Economic

Development and Innovation, NJAES


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Brian Petrus, PHR, MBA

Extern Advisor

Assistant Professor

Westminster College

Ivan Mera, MBS

Extern Advisor

Exploratory Analytics/Modeling


Alissa Bookwalter, M.Ed.

Extern Advisor

Digital Service Expert

US Digital Service

Randi Fonseca

Extern Advisor


Recruitment Resources

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Bryan Bischof, Ph.D.

Extern Advisor

Head of Data Science 

Weights & Biases

Ben Nelson

Extern Advisor

VP & Senior Credit Officer

Moody’s Investors Service

Lubina Bogoeva

Extern Advisor

Senior UX Designer

Co-chair of UXPA

Ryan Maiorano, MBS

Extern Advisor

Data Science Analyst


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Agnes Olszowy

Extern Advisor

VP, Global Account Director



company partnerships

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Externship Exchange Program need any special requirements or pre-requisites?

No it does not. Students can even participate in their first semester pursuing an MBS Degree.

Do I get paid?​

The Externship Exchange Program is an unpaid professional learning experience, however, there is an opportunity to earn an Externship Award.

Do I get to choose what project I work on?

We will try to accommodate students preferences as much as possible but is not always guaranteed you will be assigned to a specific project. We must make sure the organization's schedule aligns with students schedules so all needs can be met. What we guarantee is you will be assigned to a project with your professional interest in mind.

Can I take it for credits?

Absolutely! Students can take it as a credit course, or as a non-credit club learning experience.

How do I sign up?

Fill out this form to start the process.