Job shadowing can serve as an important aspect of the career decision-making process for students. Of course classroom and on-campus experiences are integral to a student's learning, but shadowing gives students the opportunity to visualize what their career might look like in a more realistic setting. The Career Development Center facilitates the job shadowing process by matching students and hosting companies through the Job Shadow Program. Please consider applying to be a host to connect with Oregon State University students and create an impactful experience.
The Job Shadow Program is your opportunity to enhance your recruitment strategy by hosting and connect with an Oregon State student in your workplace. In a day (or half-day), you will engage with current students on their journey to finding their own career path.
Host registration is now open for 2023.
For 2022-23, please make sure to check our timeline below for job shadows to ensure you meet the deadline for applications. Unsure how to create a great job shadow experience? Check out our sample schedules for ideas. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-737-4480.
Advice will vary by student and host, but generally a great job shadow experience is one that is educational and realistic. Students seek job shadows in order to gain a real-world perspective about a career they’ve had minimal exposure to. In order to help them make an informed career decision, the job shadow should be a realistic representation for what a typical day in the field is like. And, in addition to benefiting the student, the experience should also benefit the host.
Ideas to create a great experience for the student and host:
Make sure to check out our sample schedules for more ideas.
Depending on the host, activities can include an observation of daily work, informational interviews, meetings within the organization, coffee/lunch with Oregon State alumni at the office or worksite, a tour of the organization, hands-on experience or meet and greets with current interns and/or college hires. Hosts will have the opportunity to collaborate with the student and create a schedule that is most beneficial for both parties.
There is no cost to employers or students to participate in this program. However, students are expected to cover all of their personal expenses. Any assistance (i.e. travel, lunch, etc.) that a hosting company can provide the student is most appreciated.
All student applications will be reviewed and matched by the Career Development Center. Hosts will be notified of their match in May. Please view the timeline for updated dates regarding the Job Shadow Program.
Job shadows will take place June 13 - July 8, 2022. They will range from a half day to a full day, a coffee or lunch meet and greet, or a virtual informational interview depending on the host.
Job shadow opportunities are primarily available in the Willamette Valley (Portland, Salem, Corvallis and Eugene), with some in Seattle, Vancouver (Washington) and Northern California.
Being a host is a great way to give back to the Beaver community while providing students with the opportunity to gain realistic perspectives of potential careers. Hosts can give insight about careers that students likely will not learn in the classroom.
No, job shadows are unpaid experiences.
November 7, 2022
Host recruitment opens
February 24, 2023
Host submission period closes
|March 1, 2023||
Student application period opens
|May 5, 2023||
Student application period closes
|May 8 -12, 2023||
Students and hosts are notified of their placements
Orientation meeting with students
|May 30 - June 3, 2023||
Students reach out to hosts and finalize details
|June 20 - July 7, 2023||
Job shadows take place (arranged by student and host with assistance from the Career Development Center)
This program is in partnership with the Oregon State University Alumni Association and allows alumni and other career partners the opportunity to engage with current students on their journey to finding their own professional paths.
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