Offered twice annually during winter break and summer break, our Job Shadowing Program provides one-day and multi-day shadowing experiences that allow students to spend time with alumni or parent volunteers 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.
More than 200 hosts register for the program each year, with more than 100 students completing 150 different shadowing experiences.
Winter Break Shadowing Dates: Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 - Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
Summer Break Shadowing Dates: Thursday, May 12, 2015 - Friday, Aug. 19, 2016
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.
Host Registration: Alumni or parents interested in hosting a student over winter break can complete the online registration form. Questions may be directed to the assistant director for alumni & parent engagement, Sarah Williams '11 at 704-894-3111.
Registration for Students:
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.
Students participating in shadowing opportunities that require an overnight stay can request to be connected with alumni and parents who have volunteered to offer short-term homestays. Students interested should review the Guidelines and Expectations and email your request to Sarah Williams '11.
If you have questions about the job shadowing program or alumni and parent homestays, contact Sarah Williams '11.