Women's Center Job Shadow/Informational Interview Application (Professionals)
Thank you for your interest in providing a job shadow or informational interview opportunity for students!
A job shadow is conducted by students who are very seriously considering an occupation and want to
view a professional doing the job. Job shadows last a half day or more, and often
include meetings with key staff in the company. The main goal of the job shadow is to watch a
professional at work and to follow them as they do their daily activities.
An informational interview gives students the opportunity to obtain an inside view of a job field that
interests them by speaking with people who are currently working in that field. This is either done in
person, through email or on the phone. It can be an hour or less, depending upon your availability. The informational interview gives students an opportunity to speak with professionals about their job. A benefit of this experience is a smaller time commitment for the professional. Students picking this opportunity might be exploring options and have a broader curiosity about the field.
The student’s experience will depend on you. You and the student determine the dates, time, and duration of the program.
Recommended activities for the job shadow experience could include:
· Attending a staff meeting
· Meeting colleagues within the department
· Attending a committee or departmental meeting
· Sitting in on a brainstorming session for a particular project, budgeting process, strategic planning
· Interviewing supervisors
· Visiting to regional campuses/business locations
*Pairings may not result in you being paired until we have someone looking for a job shadow experience in your area.
*Only open to members of Women's Center student groups.