Job Shadowing Program

After a successful pilot program in 2016, St. John’s Career Services has launched a Job Shadowing Program to provide opportunities to spend time with working alumni in a diverse array of fields. Students will have the opportunity to shadow alumni in the spring after the end of the school year, allowing them to explore career options and engage in experiences that will help guide them as they plan for the future.

2019 Program Dates

Alumni Host Registration Deadline: March 15

Student Shadowing Dates: May 13 to 24

How to Participate

Joy Nwodo (SF19) job-shadowed alumna Elizabeth Buchen (SF96), who works as an immunization consultant at the New Mexico Department of Health.

If you are an alumnus interested in hosting a St. John’s student, please complete the online Job Shadowing Information Form by Friday, March 15.  You may choose to host a student (or students) for either a half or full day, or multiple days. This program is designed to be flexible for the alumni host—providing an opportunity to positively impact the life of a student—without a long-term commitment.

Shadowing information will be posted for students in Handshake, our new online job database. Students will apply directly to the shadowing opportunities that interest them, so you can expect to start hearing from them after the hosting deadline of March 15.

My job shadowing with Elizabeth Buchen (SF96) went very well. I did not know she had an MD degree in OB/GYN, my field of interest. Another interesting thing about her is that she is not practicing as a doctor; she works as a public health officer. The shadowing was about Public Health but I discussed Medicine, as a career, with her. And I enjoyed the whole process.
–Joy Nwodo (SF19)

Shadowing Activities

What do students do during shadowing days?

Specific activities vary among host sites, but some common experiences alumni could provide include:

  • Providing a tour of facility/office space
  • Sharing career history and/or trends in the industry with the student
  • Discussing the student’s career interests and questions
  • Providing an overview of an organization’s operations and staff divisions
  • Inviting the student to observe meetings, conference calls, or other events
  • Reviewing the student’s resume, LinkedIn profile, and other professional documents
  • Arranging informational interviews for the student with your colleagues
  • Providing a capsule/mini internship experience at your organization
Shadowing Kelly Rock (A94) at the SEC was a good experience. She shared with me: her career path after she graduated, gave me advice on how to get a job at the SEC if I choose to pursue it, gave a tour of places of interest in the SEC building, and asked one of her coworkers to show me their market room, which I found very interesting.
–Kevin Lam (A18)

Feedback from the Program

David Conway (A16) shadowed Iva Ziza (A01), a trial attorney, at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC.

David Conway (A16) spoke highly of his shadowing experience in 2016 with Iva Ziza (A01): “I have a much better understanding of what it would be like to work at the Department of Justice, as well as a better idea of the path I might need to take to get there. It was also great to just talk with her about the college and swap stories!”

Career Services hopes to grow the Job Shadowing Program, increasing the list of alumni hosts and students that benefit.

Job Shadow Program Past Participants

St. John’s appreciates alumni and organizations that host shadowing opportunities for students.

  • NIH
  • Department of Justice
  • US Naval Observatory
  • Pessin Katz Law
  • MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
  • Travis Price Architects
  • Neal R. Gross & Co.
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Drexler
  • U. of KY CSA
  • Peloton Labs
  • Wayfair
  • NPR
  • Vail Mountain School
  • Fairfax Public School
  • Refugee Services of TX
  • Smithsonian National Museum of American History
  • TopHat
  • NM Office of the State Engineer
  • Bill of Rights Institute
  • Agora Financial
  • Presbyterian Medical Services
  • NM Dept of Health
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Tuscany & Associates Consulting
  • Monte del Sol Charter School
  • University of New Mexico
  • Groton School
  • CSRA
  • Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
  • Choice of Games LLC
  • Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
  • Classical Wisdom
  • San Francisco Unified School District
  • United Airlines
  • Texas State University
  • Liberty Elementary School/BCPSS
  • Stryker Corporation
  • Circuit Rider of Colorado
  • Pratt Institute
  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center
  • Beth Meyer Preschool
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Georgetown School District
  • University of Maryland
  • Zoho Corporation
  • Fannie Mae
  • Code in the Schools
  • U.S. Army
  • Finnegan Henderson
  • U.S. Navy
  • Zoetis, Inc.