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: Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 - Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

We have more than 200 hosts register for the program each year, with more than 100 students completing 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

Registration for hosts has closed. However, alumni or parents with questions can contact Jamie Stamey at  

Registration for Students:

  1. Get your resume reviewed and approved by the Center for Career Development if you have not already done so. You must have your resume approved before you submit any shadowing applications. An appointment is not necessary. Stop by during our walk-in hours.
  2. You can research all opportunities on WildcatLink. Go to the Jobs tab and select Job Shadowing Experience under Position Type to see the complete list.
  3. Submit a resume and brief letter of interest to each host that you are interested in shadowing. You may apply to (and complete) up to five experiences. You should be committed to shadowing each host to whom you apply. After the application period closes, we will ask all students who have applied to more than one experience to indicate their preferences and the maximum number of days they can commit to shadowing.

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. Students can apply for up to five shadowing opportunities.

Contact Information

If you have questions about the job shadowing program, contact Jamie Stamey at 704-894-2678 or