Creating a New Marketplace for Work Experience with Matt Wilkerson

In this engaging episode, Mike Palmer sits down with Matt Wilkerson, the founder and CEO of Extern, to discuss his innovative approach to bridging the gap between education and the workforce. Wilkerson shares his fascinating journey, from his early career aspirations to the pivotal experiences that inspired him to create Extern, a platform that offers remote “Externships” – short-term, structured work experiences designed to equip students with real-world skills and hands-on experience.

Through Extern, Matt aims to disrupt the traditional internship model by providing a scalable and accessible solution for students to gain valuable work experience, regardless of their location or background. With a rapidly growing network of corporate partners and a mission to democratize professional opportunities, Extern is poised to revolutionize the way we think about career preparation and the transition from education to employment.

Key Takeaways:

  • Extern’s “Externships” offer remote, short-term work experiences integrated with structured learning, preparing students for the modern workforce.
  • The platform addresses the supply-demand imbalance in the internship market, providing equitable access to professional opportunities.
  • By leveraging AI and modular learning components, Extern aims to scale its offerings and support a broader range of students.
  • Extern envisions a future where verified work experience through Externships becomes a trusted credential for hiring and career transitions.
  • The company is partnering with higher education institutions and corporations to integrate Externships into curricula and recruitment processes.

Tune in to this insightful episode and discover how Extern is reimagining work experience, empowering students, and shaping the future of career preparation.

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