The Lute Job Shadow Program engages PLU students in 1 day shadowing experiences at an alumni’s place of employment. The experience provides students with the opportunity to explore career paths, experience a new work environment, and observe skills and tasks. It also provides students with the vital opportunity to build a professional connection.

Timeline

November & December: Alumni indicate hosting availability until December 17, 2021

January: Students apply and alumni are notified of matches

January 31-February 2: Job shadows take place

How it works

Now that alumni hosts have been identified, students are invited to review the available job shadow opportunities and indicate the 3 that they are most interested in.

As a student, we want you to see all of the job shadow options and apply to the specific ones that interest you. You’ll do this through the Opportunities Board. From there, follow these steps:
  1. Log on with your ePass
  2. Select “Jobs” on the left navigation bar
  3. Select “Search”, which will now be under “Jobs” in the left navigation bar
  4. Search by keywords “job shadow” to see all the job shadow listings
  5. Apply to the opportunities you’re interested in by uploading a resume and explaining why you are interested in the job shadow

The Alumni & Student Connections team then matches students with job shadow opportunities, communicating with both the alumni and student(s).

Please note: Matches are not guaranteed. Because space is limited and we aim to provide matches where interest aligns, it is likely that not all alumni and/or not all students will receive a match.

Alumni Host FAQs

PLU asks that alumni hosts have students shadow employees as they move throughout their normal responsibilities so they can get a true feel for a typical work day in the organization. Our students’ interests are varied and we welcome a range of industries, organizations, and roles.

Examples of activities for students during the job shadowing experience include:

  • Conduct informational interviews with a variety of employees
  • Participate in a guided tour of the facility
  • Attend meetings or organizational events
  • Observe and ask questions while shadowing daily tasks
  • Participate during interactions with clients
  • Meet current interns or recent hires and learn about entry-level programs
  • Lunch with alumni and employees
  • Discuss identity in the workplace and how career decisions are related to identity
  • Participate in a project, task, or research

Whatever activities are selected, PLU recommends that alumni communicate an itinerary or outline of the day’s activities to the student.

Please provide your matched student(s) with the following information:

 

Organization name:

Contact: Name, email, phone number

Date: 

Arrival Time: 

Departure Time: 

Address/Location: 

Parking Information: 

Meal Information (or indication that student should bring lunch):

Dress Code: 

Special Instructions and/or Waivers Needed:

Itinerary:

For the 2022 Lute Job Shadow Program, we welcome both virtual and in-person job shadow experiences. Students will be able to view the modality and indicate their preference in the matching process. We also understand that circumstances may change! Should you need to shift the modality, contact the ASC team at career@plu.edu.

Virtual job shadows are a relatively new way to connect. In a virtual job shadow, it is important to intentionally plan a variety of activities. Examples of activities for the job shadow include, joining virtual meetings to see client or coworker interactions, observing your work with screen-sharing, and conducting informational interviews with a variety of people at the organization. For support developing an itinerary, contact with the ASC team at career@plu.edu.

Students will be ready to learn, ask questions, observe, and participate. The program is designed to provide students with exposure to the field, and they may not have relevant job or internship experience. For some students, this will be their first time in a professional setting. For others, this will build on their insight and previous experiences.

The job shadow is an unpaid experiential learning opportunity.

If your organization requires an NDA or waiver, we can coordinate the agreement. Students will be made aware that this will be a requirement of the shadowing experience. Contact the ASC team at career@plu.edu for more information.

Student Participant FAQs

The Lute Job Shadow Program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, including all class years.

Participating in a job shadow may provide the opportunity to explore and clarify career goals, gain insight into the culture of an organization and the day-to-day experience of a specific job, identify valuable skills and knowledge needed for a specific career, and expand your network of professional contacts

Students shadow employees as they move throughout their normal responsibilities so they can get a true feel for a typical work day in the organization.

Examples of activities for students during the job shadowing experience include:

  • Conduct informational interviews with a variety of employees
  • Participate in a guided tour of the facility
  • Attend meetings or organizational events
  • Observe and ask questions while shadowing daily tasks
  • Participate during interactions with clients
  • Meet current interns or recent hires and learn about entry-level programs
  • Lunch with alumni and employees
  • Discuss identity in the workplace and how career decisions are related to identity
  • Participate in a project, task, or research

No, job shadows are unpaid experiences.

For this application, the statement of interest tells the alumni host why you are interested in a particular job shadow experience. If you indicate interest in 3 experiences, we recommend writing one paragraph per experience (3 total). 

It is helpful to mention why you are interested and how you would benefit from the experience. It is also important to make it specific to each experience – did the alumni’s career path connect with you?; are you interested in employment with the organization?; are you curious about the industry?

The ASC team reviews all applications and matches students and alumni. If a match is made, we will notify you and provide you with the alumni’s contact information. We will also provide the alumni with your contact information. It is important that you contact the alumni introducing yourself. They will provide you with further details and the itinerary.

If you are not matched, there are additional ways to connect with PLU alumni. Explore LuteLink to connect with alumni who want to share their experience and knowledge. Connect with Career Advisors to discuss using LinkedIn and other resources to connect with alumni. Appointments with Career Advisors can be made on the Opportunities Board.