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The Career Center

Job Shadowing

What is Job Shadowing?

Job shadowing is an experience where students may spend a few hours, a half day, or even a full day with an employer. Each shadowing experience varies and will depend on the site, but students could engage in/observe client meetings or computer and research projects, tour the facility, and interact with other departments within the organization.


By job shadowing, students have the opportunity to:

  • make connections by building networks with alumni and employers in the industries that interest them,
  • gain experience by observing a specific occupation on location at the employer site, and
  • confirm their major by validating their interest in a specific industry and/or occupation.

To prepare for an upcoming job shadowing or informational interview:

If interested, contact The Career Center.


Through participating in job shadowing, employers have the opportunity to:

  • Establish recruiting relationships with universities,
  • Increase student interest in their organization and industry, and
  • Mentor students who are exploring their major and career interests.

View the employer guidelines for job shadowing. For ideas on how to plan a job shadowing opportunity, view two sample agendas for a job shadowing day. If you are interested in hosting a student or group of students, please contact The Career Center.

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