Broaden Your Education With An Externship!!!


What is an externship? It is a program designed to provide students with practical salon experience and exposure through the collaboration of participating schools, salons, and students. It is approved by the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology and allows students to receive clock-hours credit toward graduation. Below are some highlights of the program:

  • Externship is voluntary and unpaid
  • Students are required to complete 60% or more of program hours to participate
  • Students can earn up to 8 hours a week and a maximum of 10% of their total hours through the externship program
  • Students earn clock-hour credit toward graduation along with theory and practical operations

Externship is a great way to get your foot in the door of that salon you’ve always dreamed of. Most salons will welcome the opportunity to receive an extra set of helping hands all the while training this potential future employee. We have a network of industry leading salon partners participating in externships. Whether it be hair, facial, waxing, or nails, we have a salon for you. Benefits of externships:

  • Earn credits toward graduation
  • Experience professional salon atmosphere and culture
  • Learn new styles and trends
  • Show your skills and work ethics for potential employers
  • Grow your network with customers and employers

As you can see, the externship program is a great opportunity for students and salons to participate in. If you’re interested, please contact us and we would be happy to provide you with more information.

*Cross-over students, your hours transfer! Externships are prime for you!

At Advance Beauty College, we are committed to helping prepare our students for careers after they finish their education. We are excited to announce our new externship program, an opportunity for students to get valuable salon experience while still in school.

As of January 1, 2019, the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology relaunched the externship program, allowing students to work as unpaid externs in salons for up to eight hours per week. Students may start the externship after completing 60% of their coursework in school.

Why Should You Do an Externship?

In many fields, students can complete an externship to gain valuable on-the-job experience. In addition to training in the school’s student clinic to develop practical skills, you will be able to broaden your knowledge by externing in salons.

You can experience the culture and atmosphere of the salon(s) where you complete your externship. This will help you decide which salons you want to work for or what things to avoid when looking for a job. For example, you might pay attention to the level of creative freedom stylists are allowed to have and realize that after graduation you would like to work in a salon that gives its stylists opportunities to stretch the limits of their creativity.

Completing an externship can also make you more desirable to potential employers. When you apply to salons with an externship on your resume, the salons will see that you already have experience working in a professional salon setting. It can set you apart from other students who do not have this experience.

If you are a hard worker and do well at your externship, you can potentially come back to work at the salon as a stylist when you’re finished with your education. Even if you decide not to go back to that salon, your supervisor would make an excellent reference for you as you are looking for a job at a different salon.

What to Expect at an Externship

The externship is a time for you to get on the job experience at a salon. You will likely be assisting the stylists with duties like shampooing or blow drying clients. Even if these are not your required tasks, you can always help out where needed by sweeping the floor, answering the phone, dusting the product retail shelves, or folding towels. Showing that you care about the salon and want to be as helpful as possible will help the management see you as a responsible and valuable team member.

Is an Externship Right For You?

If you are a beauty school student with some class hours already under your belt, an externship could be a great next step for you.
Requirements for an Externship

  • Students need a minimum of 60% program completion to qualify
  • Hours can be applied for credits toward graduation
  • A maximum of 8 hours of credit can be earned per week
  • A maximum of 10% total program hours can be earned
  • Student ID must be worn during the externship
  • Eligible externships are unpaid and voluntary

Learn More About Cosmetology School

If working in a salon sounds like something you might enjoy, cosmetology school could be a great first step for you. Contact us to learn more about cosmetology programs at our Garden Grove and Laguna Hills campuses!