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.

Student Information

What is a Job Shadow?

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.

Interested in Becoming a Job Shadow Host?

For the 2024 program, 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 or 541-737-4480.

Thank you to our 2023 hosts!


Host registration is now open

Frequently Asked Questions About the Job Shadow Program

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:

  • Send or show the student an itinerary of their day in advance.
  • Schedule brief conversations with peers in different departments.
  • Allow the student time to talk to HR about hiring trends and future opportunities.
  • Share your own career exploration process.
  • Offer advice for how the student can best utilize their remaining time as an Oregon State student.

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 - July 2024. 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. Additionally, there are a number of opportunities that take place virtually.

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.

Important Dates and Deadlines


November 2023

Host recruitment opens

February 2024

Host submission period closes

March 2024

Student application period opens

May 2024

Student application period closes

May 2024

Students and hosts are notified of their placements

Mid-May 2024

Orientation for students and hosts

May - June 2024

Students reach out to hosts and finalize details

June - July 2024

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.

Thank you!

to our 2023 Job Shadow hosts

Brian Feeney - 3J Consulting

Oliver Hudgins - Accenture

Samantha Mosley-Wallace - Acumed

Matt Merritt - Adobe

Nikita Rozanov -

Joseph Johnson - Analog Devices Inc

Jerry Young - Anheuser-Busch

Kylie Robertson -

George Ensey - Avalign Technologies Inc

Dan Henderson - AWS (Amazon Web Services)

Kala Kopecek Turnquist - Barry-Wehmiller Design Group

Shelby Mosel - Block 15 Brewing Company

Bill Lozier - Bob's Red Mill

Chris Shepherd - The Boeing Company

Kalan Guiley - The Boeing Company

Kyle Botermans - Bristol Myers Squibb

Kaylene Lim - Bristol Myers Squibb

Brandon Larrabee - Bureau of Indian Affairs

Jennifer Hebbeler - Bureau of Indian Affairs

Ryan Stevens - Candidate Labs

Kelsey Parpart - Century West Engineering Corporation

Bree Hinricher - Chintimini Wildlife Center

Scott Kemp - Cinematic Solutions

Rachel Golda - Clean Water Services

Declan Pizzino - Conservation Biology Institute

Nick Clark - Consor Engineers

Anna Sherrett-Ouattara - Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center

Kimberly Ward Barowicz - Critical Path Institute

Lester Morgan Tovey - Datalogic USA, Inc.

Kevin Kasnick - Department of Veterans Affairs

Rebecca Kobzeff Jordan - DWFritz Automation

Austin Steimer - Earth Cruiser

Andrew Crookston - EATON

Tyler Zinsli - Electronic Arts

Spencer Witter - Element Six Technologies

Leif Erickson - Equilibrium Engineers LLC

Nathan Haines - Fitness Over 50

Megan Heinze - Genentech

Diana Slater - Genentech

Tianna Coburn - Genentech

Amanda Sturgeon - GloryBee

Kameron Beeks - Glumac

Riley Murnane - Hazen and Sawyer

Alan Duran - Hecht & Norman Immigration Attorneys

Carrie Harris - HP, Inc

Connor Dokken - Intel Corporation

Lyubo Gankov - Intel Corporation

Breanne Garai - JR Merit

Macklin Turnquist - JSat Automation

Kate Ause - Kate Ause Showroom

Maya Holmes - LAIKA

Colette Gaona - Landau Associates

Jered Reid - Law Office of Jered Reid, LLC

Sophia Uchiyama - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Brad Brookhart - Lonza

Jenny Faulk - Lonza

Yuliya Dennis - MECOP

Courtney Seto - Merina+Co

Maria Quijano - Metropolitan Family Service

Danny Fajardo - Multnomah County Dept of Community Justice

Anthony Lazzaro - Natural Point/OptiTrack

William Geschke - The News-Review

Dan Tonnes - NOAA - National Marine Fisheries Service

Jhenevieve Cabasal - NOAA - National Marine Fisheries Service

Emi Melton - NOAA - National Marine Fisheries Service

Lyle Gibbs - Nutrien Ag Solutions

Kathryn Olson - Nuveen Natural Capital-Lewis & Clark Timberlands

Elly Carroll - O'Brien Design+Build/O'Brien Company LLC

Deborah L. Grubbe - Operations and Safety Solutions, LLC

Lisa Hogan - Orchid Orthopedic Solutions, Oregon

Kaly Adkins - Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Alexander Lopez - Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI)

Kristi K. Fox - Oregon Parks and Recreation

Michele Olson - Oregon Parks and Recreation

John Mullen - Oregon Parks and Recreation

Bridget Tinsley - Oregon Parks and Recreation

Greg Short - Oregon Parks and Recreation

Misty Mason Freeman - Oregon State Legislature, Policy and Research Office

Michael Dunning - Pacific Seafood

Stephen Snider - PakTech

Pallavi Sapale - PayPal

Shawna Lewis - PCC Structurals, Inc.

Kym Dressel - PCC Structurals, Inc.

Elle Miller - PCC Structurals, Inc.

Meghan Looney - Perlo Construction

Erik Peterson - Peterson Structural Engineers

Breanna Allen - Precision Castparts Corp.

Glenn Scharn - Quantiphi

Grant Stalley - Red Sky

Kyle Wagner - Redbuilt Engineered Wood Products

Michelle Imam Bakhsh - RiverBend Materials

Tasha Mosbrucker - Sarah's Place - Samaritan Albany General Hospital

Kevin Sternes - Silver Eagle Manufacturing

Maria Agoston - Tektronix

Amber Nyssen - Tillamook County Creamery Association

Brittany Graves - Trillium Family Services

Mark Miller - Trout Mountain Forestry

Carla Moentenich - Twist Bioscience

M. Renee Bellinger - United States Geological Survey

Amber Tilton - US Army Corps of Engineers

Nicole Hams - US Fish and Wildlife Service

Ryan Bellmore - US Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station

Mike Shaw - Viewpoint - A Trimble Company

Calvin Taylor - Warn Industries

Tom Szymoniak - Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Matt Watson - Watson Creative

Isaac Vanderwel - Weir ESCO

Dziugas Radzius - Weir ESCO

Leonard Weitman - Weitman Consulting

Troy Rintz - Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc

Rudy Frazzini - Weyerhaeuser

Jennifer Bollig - Willamette Technical Fabricators

Opel Nibler - Work Unlimited