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Job Shadowing

Job Shadowing

Job shadowing can be a great way to expand your network and get a real-world glimpse of a specific role, work environment or field. This can help you make decisions regarding your coursework and career path.

What is job shadowing? 

Job shadowing is following— or “shadowing”—a practicing professional as they go through their workday to help get a sense of that professional’s role or field. It’s typically short in duration, ranging from a day to a week, and can be set up as part of a formal program or arranged independently.

How do I get started? 

After picking a career or industry that interests you, utilize your network to find someone who works in the field. Ask friends, relatives, professional contacts, DePaul alumni, or DePaul ASK mentors if you can spend some time shadowing them.
Dear [First Name],

My name is __________ and I am a student at DePaul University. I am in the process of exploring career paths and feel you would be an excellent resource to help me gain firsthand knowledge about ______________. I am looking for opportunities to shadow professionals and have informational interviews to better understand what it's like to be a ______________. Would you be willing to let me job shadow you or someone at your organization during a typical workday? 

I understand you are busy and your time is valuable. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me by email or phone at _____________ or (XXX) XXX-XXXX.

Thank you for your consideration. 

[Your Name]
[First Name],

Thank you for taking the time to serve as a job shadow mentor for me. It was a pleasure to learn more about _______ and the work you do. I particularly enjoyed ___________________________________________. This experience reaffirmed my interest in __________ and I am excited to continue to learn more. Thank you, again, for your generosity in helping me explore my career path. 

[Your Name]

DePaul's Job Shadow Program

The Job Shadow Program (JSP) is a one-day learning opportunity for undergraduate students offered over Winter Intersession and Spring Break, allowing you to experience potential career paths and work environments firsthand. The program will introduce you to a professional work culture as well as career opportunities that relate to your interests and skills.

Please note: In light of the continued COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and the feedback we received from potential host employers, we have decided to cancel the JSP for the December 2020 Intersession. Please stay tuned as we will revisit conducting the JSP during the upcoming Spring Break March 22 – 26, 2021.

For more information or questions, email

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Job Shadowing