Alumni Board Job Shadowing Program

Program Overview 

Spend 1-5 enriching days learning more about an exciting career through the Alumni Board Job Shadowing Program!

A partnership between Career Advancement and the Alumni Board, the Alumni Board Job Shadowing Program gives undergraduates the opportunity to shadow UChicago alumni, family members, and friends at their place of work during winter, spring, and summer breaks. During a job shadowing experience, also known as an "externship", students get a firsthand look at the daily life in their field of interest, expand their professional network, and identify possible career paths.


The deadline for the winter 2018 cycle is now closed. Students will find out about their placements on November 16, 2018. Students will only be given one placement per cycle, and you are welcome to reapply to future cycles of the program.

The Spring 2019 cycle will take place over spring break from March 25-29, 2019. The sign-up form will open in winter quarter.

The Hosts

Career Advancement offers job shadowing opportunities in a variety of fields, including the arts, business, consulting, finance, government, law, medicine, nonprofits, STEM, and more!

Previous hosts include:

  • The American Medical Association
  • The Cambridge Group
  • CNN
  • Crunchbase
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • LuminAID
  • Morgan Sanley
  • The Smithsonian
  • UChicago Medical Center

PLEASE NOTE: Job shadowing opportunities are unpaid. In addition, students are responsible for any costs associated with the experience (transportation, housing, meals, etc.)

Alumni, Parents, and Employers - Interested in Hosting a Student?

If you are interested in hosting, please complete the form available on the prospective host registration page.

About the Alumni Board

The Alumni Board is the advisory board to the University’s Alumni Association, and its mission is to enhance the connectedness of the worldwide University of Chicago community. Its members serve as ambassadors to their communities and encourage engagement through volunteerism, philanthropy, event attendance, and advocacy.


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