Job Shadow Program

About the Job Shadow Program

The Hopkins Job Shadow Program provides a ​unique opportunity for rising seniors to have real-world experiences in a particular field of interest. ​Students may sign up for the program in the spring of their junior year. ​​A committee made up of Hopkins staff and alumni volunteers then works to match each student with an alumnus or alumna ​whose profession​ align​s with that ​student's stated interest for a one-day “​job ​shadow” between June and August.

​The Job Shadow Program has been invaluable in helping to guide student​s​ as they embark on their post-secondary education experience and eventual career path.​ The Job Shadow Committee has filled student requests for visits with veterinarians, physicians and surgeons, aerospace engineers, architects, investment managers, attorneys and judges, ​theater ​directors ​​and television ​producers, educators, marketing and public relations ​specialists, journalists and many more. In addition to sharing the day’s experience​​, students ​will ​have a unique opportunity to talk with their hosts about future training programs and career directions​. The program also provides an opportunity for students to begin to expand their own personal networks and to understand the vast Alumni network available to them beyond the Hill.

Seeking Alumni Hosts

Alumni of all ages, at any career stage and in all professions, are encouraged to sign up to spend the part of a day with a current Hopkins junior who is eager to learn about what you do. Your participation will be invaluable in helping to guide a student as he or she begins to make important choices about their post-secondary education and eventual career path.

If you are interested in becoming  Job Shadow Host, please click the button above to join Hopkins' new networking site, Hopkins Net@Work, then click on the Job Shadow tab to join the program as a host.

Instructions to becoming a Job Shadow Host:
1. Create an account on Hopkins Net@Work. We suggest using LinkedIn to sign up, as it will automatically fill out your business information and include your picture.
2. Once your account has been approved, click on the Job Shadow Program tab at the top of the page. Then, on the upper right hand side of the Job Shadow page, click on "Join Program."
3. Answer the three enrollment questions. That's it!

The goal of the program is to provide Hopkins students a chance to explore career opportunities through hands-on experiences, in a real work environment, while making a connection to another member of the Hopkins community. Hosts not only have the opportunity to engage with current students on the Hill through the exchange but also have the chance to share experiences and pass along valuable lessons to someone interested in their area of expertise.

Where: The job shadow happens where you work! Hosts in the local/New Haven area are always needed but we have also had successful job shadows in the northeast and mid-Atlantic as far south as Washington, D.C. We welcome volunteer hosts from all over the U.S., and will do our best to facilitate geographic and interest matches to the extent that we can.

When: Job shadows typically happen in the summer months (June – August), during the week (Monday-Friday). The specific timing of the shadow and related logistics are arranged by the Hopkins Alumni Association Job Shadow Committee, the Job Shadow host and the student.

FAQ's for Alumni

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