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AGC MA Building Advancement Externship

Brought to you by the AGC MA WFD Taskforce


The Building Advancement Externship (BAE) offers a unique professional development opportunity connecting your classroom directly to the construction industry. This program will provide experiential learning led by sophisticated commercial construction professionals. AGC MA staff and contractor firms have constructed a comprehensive overview of the industry from the field to the office.  By taking part in the AGC MA Building Advancement Externship, you will learn:

  • Industry trends
  • Core competencies for different construction careers
  • Career paths in the commercial construction industry

See the Case Study about the 2021 Building Advancement Externship program!


The Building Advancement Externship was created by the AGC MA Workforce Development Task Force to enrich STEAM educators and Academic leaders’ understanding of the various career paths in commercial construction and relate core competencies in the industry to skills illustrated by your students. AGC MA hopes to develop lasting relationships with externs to build awareness of the construction career paths available and inform educators, parents, and students to the highly rewarding opportunities available for everyone.


The externship has been designed to offer a background on the business of commercial construction, an overview of field training and safety programs, and information on project management and industry innovations.

This will be accomplished through a hybrid program from August 14-18, 2023. All externs will take part in the same programs as a cohort. This cohort will be expected to complete all 5 days of learning and to provide draft lesson plans and evaluations to improve the AGC MA Building Advancement Externship program for future cohorts.

AGC MA has carefully planned the logistics of the externship to maximize the industry exposure while also being respectful of the your time and personal lives. Monday and Friday will feature virtual options to allow for those with the greatest travel times. Hotel accommodations will be available Tuesday to Thursday for those with extended travel times.

A detailed draft schedule is available here. Topics and times may be subject to change.



The Building Advancement Externship will offer unprecedented access to leading commercial construction industry contractors and lay the foundation for an ongoing relationship between your school and AGC MA members. We will be selecting 10-13 externs for this cohort.

The Massachusetts Construction Advancement Program (MCAP) has provided a grant funding stipend for $3,000 - $4,000 per educator to be paid at the conclusion of the course.

In addition, vocational educators, guidance counselors, and administrators are eligible to receive 40 Professional Development Points towards continuing education requirements because AGC MA is a DESE recognized provider.

Applications are now CLOSED!

Notifications will be sent by June 23, 2023 informating all applicants of next steps.

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