The Sophomore Job Shadow Program is a collaboration between the Career Development Center, Alumni Relations, the Sawyer Business School, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

This initiative matches sophomores, who are at a crucial time in their academic and career decision-making process, with professionals (ideally alumni) in their area of interest for a job shadowing experience.

This experience can last from a half-day to a full day and is intended to provide an inside look at a job, firm, career field, or industry. Students should see first-hand how the organization runs and what and how work is done in a typical workday. They can learn about employer expectations firms, understand the organizational culture and pace, and gain a sense of how their own interests and skills fit.

Some of the activities that a Job Shadow Sponsor might have a student engage in are:

  • Tour the organization
  • Shadow the sponsor and/or colleagues during the workday
  • Observe general office tasks, staff meetings, and interactions of one or more departments
  • Observe client interactions or assist clients directly
  • Assist with office tasks or projects; prepare or proofread documents
  • Experience employee demonstration of industry-specific software or tools
  • Review the organization’s website, mission, marketing collateral, organizational charts
  • Have meal with sponsor or others (typical of what staff might do if lunching together)
  • Conduct informational interviews to understand the firm, industry, future trends, and career paths within this field
  • Meet HR staff to understand what they look for when hiring college graduates
  • Shadow a current college intern for a day

There are no costs to the sponsor for hosting a student and the sponsor can decide which day(s) during spring break they wish to have the student visit. The deadline for student applications is November 21st. Student matching will take place in December and January.

Any professionals interested in sponsoring one or more students should fill out the registration form.

Please direct any questions to Kimberly Murray in the Career Development Center.