PSD Educator Externship Program

The Poudre School District Educator Externship Program is designed to provide a paid opportunity for educators to work with local businesses to gain additional expertise in their content area. Educator externs are expected to learn about academic pathways into these sectors and industries, updated practices, trends, and bring this knowledge into practice in ways to tangibly impact students.

Business partners have the flexibility to schedule with their educator extern 40 hours of experience through June and July. Experiences may include job shadowing, interviews with staff, project support, facility tours, etc. Business partners and educator externs are asked to meet at the start of the externship to create an experience which supports both parties. View the program video (right) and the individual externship videos (below) to learn more.


Business & community partners, click here to submit an educator externship opportunity for summer, 2025.


Business Benefits

  • Create meaningful connections with educators

  • Provide information and feedback to support your future workforce

  • Develop an understanding of curricula that supports your industry 

  • Network with other business leaders participating in the program

  • Demonstrate your support of PSD students, educators, and programs

  • Educators share their experience with colleagues and students

​​​​Educator Benefits

  • Create meaningful connections with businesses in our region for potential partnerships

  • Learn updated information about career fields and pathways

  • Bring new knowledge and skills into your educational practice 

  • Extra summer income of approximately $1,000 before taxes

  • Earn hours toward CTE endorsement (available in certain situations)

  • Optional Professional Development Credit

  • Feel refreshed and invigorated for the next school year

Extern videos

View PSD Educator Extern summary videos


Colorado Department of Labor & Employment Externship Program

CDLE now has an externship program with opportunities available to educators across Colorado. Visit their website for additional opportunities. Note that this program is run independently from PSD's externship program.



PSD Externship program Partners Since 2015

  • Aslan Construction
  • Armstrong Hotel
  • Columbine Health Systems
  • CareSynergy
  • Tolmar Pharmaceuticals
  • UCHealth            
  • Visit Fort Collins
  • Forte Design Studio
  • Poudre Fire Authority
  • Foundations Counseling 
  • Colorado Youth Outdoors
  • Fort Collins Museum of Discovery 
  • United Way of Larimer County
  • Colorado State University
  • Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce
  • O’Dell Brewing Company
  • Otter Products
  • Center for Family Outreach
  • Woodward, Inc. 
  • 1st City Mortgage
  • Colorado State University
  • RB+B Architects
  • City of Fort Collins
  • Gardens on Spring Creek
  • Sutherlands Design
  • Lion Home Services
  • Precision Machined Products
  • SummitStone Health Partners
  • Old Town Media
  • Earth Engineering, LLC
  • Neuworks Mechanical
  • Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership
  • Public Lands History Center
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Banner Health
  • BI, Inc. 
  • Northern Colorado Health Sector Partnership
  • Wilburs Total Beverage


Contact Information

PSD Community & Business Development Coordinator

Nick Peterson | 970-556-5218 |