Job Shadowing Program Overview

Spend 1-5 enriching days throughout the academic year and academic break periods exploring an exciting career path through Career Advancement's Job Shadowing Program!

The Job Shadowing Program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to experience a day-in-the-life in an industry of interest by shadowing UChicago alumni, family members, and friends virtually and at their place of work for anywhere from a half-day to a whole week. During a job shadowing experience, also known as an "externship," students have the opportunity to build their resume with industry-specific experience, expand their professional network, and identify the skills necessary to succeed in the industry.

Please note that all costs related to the job shadowing experience must be covered by the student, including but not limited to housing, transportation, and meals. If you live on-campus and would like to remain in Chicago over the break, please contact College Housing.

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Spring Break Job Shadowing

Open to all class years

Students can shadow industry professionals for 1-5 days during academic winter and spring break periods. Shadowing opportunities will take place during the Winter and Spring recess and students can apply by filling out this brief questionnaire. Applications for Spring Break close March 8th.

Questions? Please contact Claire Girardeau at

Academic Year Shadowing Opportunities

Open to all class years

If you would like to be considered for academic year shadowing opportunities, fill out this brief questionnaire. Please provide any details that you feel will help our team match you with a shadowing opportunity that is in line with your career interests.

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:

  • Amazon

  • The American Medical Association

  • The Cambridge Group

  • CNN

  • Crunchbase

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch`

  • Facebook

  • Google

  • LuminAID

  • The Legal Aid Society

  • Morgan Stanley

  • Nielsen

  • 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.)

Interested in Hosting a Student?

Alumni, Parents, and Employers: If you are interested in hosting, please complete the form available on the prospective host registration page.