Job Shadowing Program

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.

2015-16 Program Dates

Winter Break Shadowing Dates: Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 - Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

  • Host Registration Period: Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 - Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
  • Student Registration Period: Monday, Oct. 26, 2015 - Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

Summer Break Shadowing Dates:  Thursday, May 12, 2015 - Friday, Aug. 19, 2016

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 initiating contact with the host once they are selected, 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

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 or call 704-894-3111.

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 powered by Handshake. Go to the "Jobs" tab and select "Experiential Learning" under "Job Type" to see the complete list.
  3. Submit a resume and required materials to each host whom you are interested in shadowing. Complete instructions will be included in the job shadowing postings on WildcatLink.
  4. After you submit your resume, you will be required to complete a brief 2-question interview on InterviewStream. The interview will be submitted to each host on your behalf. Once you have logged-in, select "Conduct an Interview" and then "Take Premade Interview". Complete the interview labeled "Winter Break Job Shadowing Interview".

Please Note: Students can apply for up to five shadowing opportunities.

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.

Preparing for Shadowing

Students are strongly encouraged to attend an on-campus workshop prior to shadowing. Details will be shared with all applicants in advance.

Students should look through the Networking Guide for general guidelines and sample questions to ask the hosts.

Expense Reimbursement

To help Davidson students take part in the 2015 Job Shadowing Program, the Center for Career Development is making funds available to help offset travel and accommodation expenses. Students should apply for funding through this program Monday, Nov. 9 - Monday, Dec. 14 after they have been selected for shadowing.

In order to apply for reimbursement, please read the application instructions.

Housing Through Alumni & Parent Homestays

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 at

Alumni and parents that are interested in hosting students for short-term homestays can read our tips for hosts and register online.

Contact Information

If you have questions about the job shadowing program or alumni and parent homestays, contact Sarah Williams at