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.