Job Shadowing for Hosts
Job shadowing consists of having one or more Suffolk students observe you at your place of work for a few hours or a full day. This allows a student to experience firsthand what it is like to be in a professional environment. It is a form of experiential learning designed to give students short, practical exposure to a position or field of interest.
By hosting a student for a day, you will have the opportunity to be a part of a student’s career exploration and decision-making process, while also having the chance to identify potential future interns or job candidates.
Students from all majors and class years are eligible to participate in job shadowing. Students can job shadow in areas both directly related to and outside of their declared majors in order to gain insights about different careers and fields. For some students, this will be their first exposure to a professional workplace and will be an educational opportunity to learn about office etiquette. There is no cost to participate for either students or hosts.
Apply To Be A Host
Once you have expressed interested in participating in the Job Shadowing Program, we will send you a questionnaire to collect information about your position, company, availability, and overview of what a student might experience during a shadow day. Please contact Lauren Gray.
Job Shadowing Host FAQs
Yes, we do match students to hosts. Suffolk will provide information about matches in February, prior to Spring Break in March. We assign students based on how their career interests align with available opportunities. Other considerations include location, transportation, and schedule. We do our best to carefully match students but we appreciate hosts who are flexible and willing to accommodate students who are undecided or exploring different options.
As a host you are requested to do the following:
- Fill out the Host Job Shadowing Form
- Review and respond to emails from interested students, ensuring their resume and completed Job Shadowing Orientation Verification Form are attached
- Schedule a mutually convenient time for the job shadow
- Host a student(s) for a half a day or full day, giving them the opportunity to observe your daily job responsibilities as well as exposing them to a particular organization and career field
- This might include offering the student(s) a tour, answering questions, and possibly allowing the student(s) to participate in professional activities (e.g., meeting, appointment, planning session, etc.)
- Some sponsors arrange for students to meet with multiple professionals during the job shadow in order to provide a broader understanding of different roles
Experiential learning is the process of learning through doing and observing. Internships, service learning, and job shadowing are all considered forms of experiential learning. Job shadowing is a short-term commitment, from half a day to a full day. Internships typically last for several weeks or an entire semester or summer. Internships involve hands-on learning experiences where the student directly contributes to the organization. During job shadowing, the student observes professional(s) in the workplace in order to gather information about a job, career, or employer.
Students are required to attend a mandatory orientation session about professional etiquette and preparation for the job shadow day. Students will send their resumes to the Career Development Center and the documents will be shared with the hosts once matches are made. Students are expected to follow the directions set forth by the job shadow host in regards to attire and company policies.
The day of the job shadow, students are expected to arrive on time and dressed professionally. Students should arrive prepared take notes. They will arrive ready to observe professionals in action, and have prepared questions to ask their job shadow host.
After the job shadow, students are expected to write a thank you note. Students will also meet in small groups for reflection sessions facilitated by Suffolk staff to share their experiences and provide feedback.
Once the host receives the initial introduction email from the Career Development Center with the student's information, the host may communicate directly with the student to provide any additional details or instructions, such as meeting time and place or dress code. Students are encouraged to respond directly to the host.