Job Shadow Program
The goal of this program is to provide students with knowledge of the workplace, career exploration, and an opportunity to gain an understanding of the relationship between their education and their future career.
The job shadow experience takes place during a half day or day long experience that is convenient for both the employer and the student. The Job Shadow Program is flexible to accommodate student schedules and interests as well as opportunities provided by employers. Format options include:
- Company tour for a group of students
- One-on-one job shadowing
- Small group job shadowing
- A combination of a group tour as well as individual or small group shadowing
Employers often provide a half-day company tour which may include meeting various company employees who provide a short description of their jobs. We can assist employers in reaching out to students, professors, and student organizations to schedule a job shadow event or experience.
Students often contact Career Services to inquire about job shadow opportunities. We encourage students to reach out directly to employers to schedule a one-on-one learning experience.
If you are interested in hosting a student or a job shadow event, please contact Linda Loewer, Internship Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Workplace Host Guidelines
- Greet your student - Please greet your student as a business associate, with a handshake and a warm welcome.
- Introduce yourself - Provide your name, job title, and business card. Let the student know why you volunteered to be a host. If possible and appropriate, encourage the student to ask questions at any time.
- Take the student on a tour of the company facilities, if suitable. Let the student know what your dealings are with the different departments of the company.
- Introduce the student to various people with whom you work, if schedules allow. You may also want the student to sit in on a business meeting, if appropriate.
- Lunch - if possible, have the student eat where employees eat.
- Allow the student to "shadow" you - Take the student through the steps of your normal workday.