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Businesses and Organizations Sought to Host STEM Teacher Externs

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is a public-private partnership representing education, business, industry, nonprofits, students, families, and state government. It is focused on raising student interest and achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and improving STEM economic development in Iowa. The Iowa STEM Teacher Externship program, through the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, aims to facilitate collaborations between Iowa businesses and teachers in science, mathematics and technology fields.

Launched in the summer of 2009, the benefits of this unique business-education partnership include:

  • Matching talented, educated and skilled teachers as participants and contributors to your business needs.

  • Providing students with career information pertaining to businesses and industries right here in Iowa, creating a future work force in the area.

  • Lasting partnerships between businesses/industries and local schools.

Iowa STEM Teacher Externs work side-by-side with knowledgeable and skilled employees at the local business level which provides educators with the experience to steer students towards STEM fields.

Proven Value: 

Iowa STEM Teacher Externships provide an opportunity for organizations to work with educational professionals in their community. Teacher externs have worked on high-level business projects in a variety of industries across the state. From working with a continuous improvement expert in surgical units at a regional hospital, to mussel diving and water quality monitoring, to mapping machine efficiencies at a major advanced-manufacturing business, teacher externs can offer uncommon expertise and save business hosts time and money. Please click here for videos of past externships.

Time Commitment: 

Externships typically run for five to six weeks from June through July with a standard 40-hour work week.

Cost Share:

An Iowa STEM Teacher Extern will receive $6,000 for a six-week summer experience. The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council covers 50% of the cost and the business site will cover the remaining 50%.

To apply, please visit our website or contact for additional information.

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