• Experience Your Future

    Job shadowing is an excellent way to observe and learn more about a profession you may be interested in pursuing. The Davidson network covers an array of career fields that can help you gain on-the-job experience during your Winter or Summer break. You'll soon learn that a Davidson liberal arts degree can take you anywhere you can imagine-from teaching to outer space and from genomes to big data analytics. A job shadowing experience can be the first step to your future.

Job Shadowing Program

Offered twice annually during winter break and summer break, our Job Shadowing Program provides one-day and multi-day shadowing experiences that allow students to spend time with alumni or parent volunteers at work. Through observation and conversation, participating students have the opportunity to learn more about a profession, receive career-related advice, and reflect on the ways in which their liberal arts education can prepare them for life after Davidson.  

More than 200 hosts register for the program each year, with more than 100 students completing 150 different shadowing experiences.

2015-16 Program Dates

Winter Break Shadowing Dates: Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 - Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

Summer Break Shadowing Dates:  Thursday, May 16, 2016 - Friday, Aug. 19, 2016

  • Host Registration Period: Monday, Feb 29, 2016 - Friday, April 1, 2016
  • Student Registration Period: Monday, April 11, 2016 - Sunday, May 1, 2016

How to Participate

Whether you are a student looking for a job shadowing experience or a willing host, the applicable information pages below will give you a broader understanding of expectations and what is involved.

Feedback from Previous Experiences

"I think it's wonderful that Davidson does this - I wish I'd had the opportunity when I was on campus! Both of my students were delightful. I enjoyed the day(s) with them and my coworkers were similarly impressed. I love the opportunity to connect, and build relationships with, Davidson students who I wouldn't otherwise know." - Host

"I really enjoyed it and it really exposed me to career fields I was uncertain about pursuing. I also found it really helpful learning about their own individual Davidson experience and how it helped shape them into who they are now." - Student

"It was great to learn about new career paths that I had not yet considered in my job search. Because of this opportunity, I am now able to search specifically for positions more suited to my tastes." - Student

To see examples of past hosts, visit the Center for Career Development Blog.

Housing Through Alumni & Parent Homestays

Students participating in shadowing opportunities that require an overnight stay can request to be connected with alumni and parents who have volunteered to offer short-term homestays. Students interested should review the Guidelines and Expectations and email your request to Sarah Williams at skwilliams@davidson.edu.

Alumni and parents that are interested in hosting students for short-term homestays can read our tips for hosts and register online.

Contact Information

If you have questions about the job shadowing program or alumni and parent homestays, contact Sarah Williams at skwilliams@davidson.edu.