Iowa STEM Teacher Externships

Greatness STEMs From Teacher Externships

How many times have you heard a student ask, “When will I ever use this?”

The Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Program aims to help teachers answer that age-old question.

During the summer, educators work side-by-side with knowledgeable and skilled industry employees who help bring the classroom curriculum to life. Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Program provide educators with the exposure to answer questions about real-world application, prepare students for careers they may have in the future, and improve educational experiences.


Teacher Externships began in the summer of 2009 with a few goals in mind.

  • Create lasting partnerships between businesses and local schools.

  • Connect Teacher Extern experience with STEM content and 21st century skills identified in the Iowa Core.

  • Give students real-world career information about career possibilities right here in Iowa.

  • Give teachers the opportunity to see and use the latest real-world applications STEM disciplines in a local business or industry.

Teacher Externships are full-time, six-week temporary summer positions in local businesses and agencies for secondary teachers of mathematics, science and/or technology.  Teachers earn a stipend of up to $4,800 (including two days of professional development), as well as one graduate credit through the University of Northern Iowa’s Continuing Education program.


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Previous Teacher Externs in the Northeast Iowa STEM Region

Summer 2021 STEM Teacher Externs

Summer 2020 STEM Teacher Externs

Summer 2019 STEM Teacher Externs

Summer 2018 STEM Teacher Externs

Summer 2017 STEM Teacher Externs




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Learn more about Teacher Externships by reading the Extern Blogs or read the FAQ.

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