Job Shadowing ProgramWhat is Job Shadowing?
Skidmore’s Job Shadowing Program is an opportunity for students to spend one or more days observing, asking questions, and learning more about a career field of interest over winter break. Students get to experience a typical workday and will observe first-hand how organizations run and the individual responsibilities of professionals in the field.
Students are matched with one of many excellent sponsors in a variety of locations. Students are encouraged to partake in this program to explore careers to assist in their career decision-making process. Sponsors include alumni, parents, and friends of Skidmore who have volunteered to host students.
Students may apply for up to 3 job shadows but may complete only one shadow through the program. Due to the popularity and competitiveness of the program, all students may not be matched with a sponsor. In this case, the Career Development Center invites students to make an appointment with a career counselor to assist students in creating their own job shadowing experience.
• Attend a mandatory orientation session in October (Check the CDC Calendar for dates)
• Submit a resume, with top three choices indicated at the top of the resume to sponsor listings in My CDC Account
• Complete a Goal Sheet and Occupational Workshop once matched
• Meet individually with the CDC
To access Job Shadowing Sponsors, students must log into their My CDC Account, click on Position Type: Job Shadowing and sort by industry and/or key word.
Resumes are accepted on a first come/first serve basis. Please check the CDC calendar for submission deadlines. Resumes will not be accepted after the deadline.
Once students have been matched with a job shadow sponsor, the Career Development Center will notify students. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the sponsor, pay for their own travel, and schedule a mutually agreeable date(s).
Students are required to make an appointment to pick up their job shadowing contracts and packets. Students not matched can also schedule an appointment or come in during drop-in hours to work with a counselor on scheduling their own job shadow.