The Job Shadow Program, which is open to all Kenyon students and alumni, is the perfect way to explore a potential career path, meet mentors, and improve understanding of an industry. Participants spend 1-5 days with a Kenyon alumnus/a or parent, observing, interacting, and learning about the career, ultimately allowing them to decide if the path is a good fit for their interests.
The spring 2018 job shadow application is live.
The list of job shadow sponsors is available in Symplicity.
A job shadow is like pre-orientation for a career of your choice. It allows you to experience a day in the life of a profession. Some sponsors also become mentors to the students who shadow them, which can be immensely helpful in successfully navigating the job or internship search.
It depends on the sponsor and their job. Some examples of job shadow activities include: touring the office, meeting other staff members who work in different roles at the company, observing meetings, and working on small projects. A job shadow is also an ideal time to ask questions, which you should prepare in advance.
Most job shadows last between 1-5 days depending on schedules of the student and sponsor, but can certainly be extended at the discretion of the sponsor and student.
No, although the benefits of a job shadow are many, they do not include payment or academic credit.
Apply by the application deadline using the link located above or in Symplicity. The list of sponsors can only be found on Symplicity.
You’ll need an active LinkedIn profile, your availability over winter and/or spring breaks, 1-3 potential sponsors identified, and brief statements of interest for each sponsor.
A reflective paragraph that tells the sponsor who you are, why you are interested in shadowing them, and what you hope to gain from the experience. Be thoughtful and genuine, consider your academic, personal and professional interests, your background, and how these informed your career interests. Please review your statement for spelling and grammar.
Schedule an appointment with the CDO. We will coach you through the process of arranging your own job shadowing opportunity.
The Career Development Office will contact your requested sponsor(s) on your behalf to request a job shadow during the dates you indicate in the application. The sponsor(s) will check their availability. Then, regardless of the outcome, the Career Development Office will notify you and detail your next steps. If your sponsor confirms a job shadow, it will be up to you to contact your sponsor to finalize logistical details. The Career Development Office is willing to help with these correspondence if need be.
Many sponsors offer informational interviews as an alternative. Additionally, The Career Development Office will continue to work with you to find other sponsors of interest who are willing to sponsor you for a job shadow.
The application process facilitates job shadows during Kenyon's winter and spring breaks only. You will be asked your availability during these breaks as part of the application process. For students who wish to conduct job shadows during different times of the year, schedule an appointment with the CDO and we will coach you through the process of arranging your own opportunity.
Yes, however, Kenyon has limited funds available to reimburse costs for students who would otherwise be unable to participate. For more information, please visit the Waugh Fellowship. Additionally, students can contact volunteer alumni and parents who offer free homestays through the CDO’s Bed & Breakfast Program to minimize lodging expenses.
Learn as much as you can about the company, industry, and your sponsor. This information will inform your job shadow and maximize your learning during the experience. Please visit the Tips for Job Shadow Success page to learn more.
Schedule an appointment with the CDO.
The Kenyon College Career Development Office (CDO) maintains information to help Kenyon students and alumni connect with individuals and companies that are willing to assist, mentor, or house students who are exploring careers, and with internship and job opportunities that may be available. Students, employers, and volunteers should be aware that the CDO does not vet or conduct background checks on the students that may seek assistance, employers that may be offering opportunities, or volunteers who may be providing support. Employers, students, mentors, and hosts are highly encouraged to meet via a phone or Skype call prior to confirming any arrangements to determine suitability of fit and discuss mutual expectations. While the CDO is not responsible for what happens in arrangements that come from its networks, it is happy to assist students, employers, and volunteers with conflict resolution and resources should difficulties occur.