Job Shadow Program

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A book gives knowledge,
but it is life that gives understanding.

- Hebrew Proverb

The Career Center's Job Shadow program allows students to observe professionals in an occupation of interest. This can be for a few hours, a few days, or as much as a few weeks.

During the job shadow experience, students observe the company culture, how the employer interacts with employees, and what skills and abilities the employer uses each day.

Job Shadow History
The Boston Private Industry Council created the first Groundhog Job Shadow Day in 1996 as a school-to- work effort. Bell South sponsored a Job Shadow Day in 1997. In 1998, a national coalition formed to encourage job shadowing throughout the United States. Today, the coalition includes:

  • United States Department of Labor
  • United States Department of Education
  • America's Promise
  • Junior Achievement

Colleges and universities coordinate job shadow programs for students and employers/hosts to connect for a mutually agreeable period of time. For more information, visit the appropriate links below.