Job Shadowing Program

Offered over winter break, our Job Shadowing Program provides one and multi-day shadowing experiences that allow students to spend time with an alumni or parent volunteer at work. Through observation and conversation, participating students have the opportunity to learn more about a profession, receive career-related advice, and reflect on the ways in which their liberal arts education can prepare them for life after Davidson.

2014-15 Program Dates

Host Registration Period: Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Student Application Period: Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 - Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
Shadowing Dates: Monday, Dec. 19, 2014 - Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

We have over 200 hosts register for the program each year, with over 100 students completing over 150 different shadowing experiences.

Expectations of Hosts & Participating Students

Hosts are expected to introduce their profession, industry and/or organization; provide a tour of the workplace; answer questions; and most importantly, allow a student to observe their daily routine.  Some hosts choose to arrange meetings or informational interviews between the student and other professionals; others engage the student in a project.

Students are responsible for transporting themselves to and from the job shadowing site, locating and paying for any necessary lodging, researching the organization in advance of the shadowing day, and coming prepared with questions.

The specific shadowing date(s) will be decided upon by the student and host after the selection process is complete.

How to Participate

We will be recruiting hosts for the 2014-15 program beginning in August 2014. Alumni and parents should look for messages from the college with sign-up information or contact Jeff Kniple (jekniple@davidson.edu) to ask to be put on the list to contact when the process begins.  

Students interested in participating in the program will be able to apply to specific shadowing experiences in late Fall 2014 through WildcatLink.  More information will be sent to all students through job blasts.  

Selection Process

The Center for Career Development will send all hosts a packet of applications from students interested in their shadowing experience. If only one student applies for a particular experience and the host accepts that student, the student will be notified and put in contact with the host to schedule a specific shadowing date. If more than one student applies for an experience, the host will determine how many and which students he or she is willing to take.

Contact Information

If you have questions about the job shadowing program, contact the Center for Career Development at 704-894-2132 or careers@davidson.edu.