Offered during spring and summer, our Job Shadowing Externship 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 professions, 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, which has allowed more than 100 students to complete nearly 200 different shadowing experiences each summer.

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.


How to Participate for Students

Shadowing opportunities are offered to students during spring and summer. 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, and may be eligible to apply for expense reimbursements to help offset travel and accommodation expenses.  

How to Participate for Hosts

Davidson alumni, parents, and friends of the college from diverse industries sign up to host student shadows for one or two days in cities all over the country. As a host, you can provide job shadowing opportunities for students, or you can provide a short homestay for Davidson students who are shadowing in your area.

2018 Program Dates

  • Host Registration Period
  • Jan. 28 - March 1
  • Student Application Period
  • March 4 - 17
  • Shadowing Dates
  • May 1 - Aug. 17

Contact Information

If you have questions about the Job Shadowing Externship Program or alumni and parent homestays, contact