The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Winter Shadows Program (formerly known as Winter Externships)

Reed College Winter Shadows are a chance for currently enrolled Reedies to spend an intense period during winter break learning more about a career path of interest.

Read our FAQ to learn more.

To Apply

Please read the Winter Shadows FAQ first!  Applications are due no later than 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.

This year, Winter Shadows will take place across the country from January 4 to 15, 2016. It is not essential that you have expertise in a given area, but it is essential that you show true interest in learning more about the field represented by the Shadow you choose. 

2016 Winter Shadows Offers will be available as of Tuesday, September 1, 2016!

Application Steps

  • The application process is quite open-ended. Be sure to answer the questions on the application thoroughly and carefully. This is your opportunity to show your best self to the sponsor to whom you’re applying.
  • When uploading a .pdf of your resume, name your document using the following convention: FirstInitialLastName_ExternshipTitle_Month_Year. Example:SStudent_ShrtStryWriting_10_2015.pdf
  • Apply here.


  • Placement notification emails will be sent by day's end on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.