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CoBE Job Shadowing Program

  • Do you know what you’re doing after graduation?
  • Where can your business degree take you?
  • What options do you have after college?

What is Job Shadowing?

Job shadowing is a temporary externship that allows students to explore different fields of business and gain a glimpse of the business culture before graduating with their degree. Unlike Internships, job-shadowing focuses more on the observation aspect when prospective candidates are selecting a career. Most college job shadowing programs are designed to immerse students into the culture of the workplace of the specified occupation and the life of the individual.

Individuals receiving instruction on the job

During a job shadowing session, a student will be paired with an individual from the organization and follow them as they perform their daily tasks. As the day progresses, mentors will share with students what they are doing and why they are doing it, and students are also encouraged to ask questions.

Time Commitment

Most job shadowing experiences are 4 - 8 hours in length, with 8 hour job shadowing experiences spread out over two days. Students will choose their time upon their Job Shadowing selection.

Steps to Apply

Step 1: Select an Organization

Review different organizations and descriptions to determine which best fits your career interests. Companies include:

Step 2: Apply Online

A typical job shadowing period is structured and separated into 2 four hour (4) sessions with an organization. During the application, indicate which day(s) and time would best fit your schedule.

Step 3: Meet with CoBE’s Director of Career and Professional Development

After applying, you’ll be contacted by CoBE’s Director of Career and Professional Development, Dr. Tom DeWitt tsdewitt@hawaii.edu, to finalize your documents and coordinate your visit to your chosen job shadowing location.

Step 4: Job Shadowing

After connecting with the organization, the job shadowing will take place during the given timeslot. Students are encouraged to ask questions and absorb as much of the work environment as they can during their job shadowing experience.

Step 5: Feedback

You'll be asked to provide your feedback on your job shadowing experience and to thank the employer for your experience.