See what a typical work day looks like in a field or industry of interest and build your professional connections by shadowing an alum over winter break.

Less commitment than an internship and more expansive than an informational interview, job shadowing is a great way to explore and get experience. Each year, the Career Center coordinates roughly 100 job shadow sites in a variety of industries and locations, so you'll have many options to choose from.  

UVM Job Shadowing Program Overview

The Career Center organizes our own Job Shadowing Program over winter break. Sites and hosts vary from year to year, but will be posted in Handshake in September. Applications are typically due in late November, although matches are made on a first-come, first-servied basis. You are responsible for logistics, including getting there! You and your host will agree on a date and time that works best for both of you during winter break.

Find a job shadowing opportunity.

Participating job shadowing sites are posted in Handshake. See what's available by searching jobs or employers using the keyword "UVM Job Shadowing Program". Full details are available in each posting, but you won't be able to apply until you've completed the steps below. Sites go quickly, so don't delay. 

Complete the three-step application process.

Take the 25-min online orientation

You can skip this if you have participated in the job shadowing program before.

Upload your resume

Log into Handshake and click on the "Documents" tab to upload your resume. 
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Apply through Handshake

Apply to only one site, or your application will be delayed. If any remain after the deadline, you may get a chance to apply for a second site.

Get matched. Get prepared.

The Career Center reviews applications and matches students to sites on a first-come, first-served basis. Once matched, you'll get your host's contact information. 

You are responsible for contacting the site host to schedule a mutually convenient shadowing day, and for making your own transportation, housing, and other arrangements. 

Review our guide on PDF icon Getting Ready For Your Job Shadow Day (PDF) to help you prepare to contact your host and for your shadowing experience.

Understand what's expected of you.

Job shadow hosts are busy professionals. Please respect their generosity and represent yourself, and our university, well. By applying, you agree to:

  • Communicate professionally and respond to messages within 24 hours.
  • Arrange your own transportation and arrive on time.
  • Send a thank you note to the host after shadowing.
  • Complete a post-shadowing evaluation.
  • Promptly address any issues with Amanda Chase.