Experience a Day in the Life

The Alumni Job Shadow Program is an opportunity for students to gain insight into an industry/organization/job function of interest, make connections, and further discern how their skills, interests, and values translate to the workplace.  

Using Eagle Exchange, the Career Center will match students with Boston College alumni who will serve as hosts for one-day shadowing experiences between May 13-20, 2020. Alumni hosts represent diverse industries, job functions, and locations.

Eagle Exchange

Eagle Exchange is a Boston College exclusive online platform that fosters connections between students and alumni around the world. Registration and matching for the job shadow program will occur on the platform. Students and alumni who wish to participate in the job shadow program can register here.

Details:

Dates:
May 13–20 2020

Class Years:
Rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

Schools:
All welcome

How To Register:
Registration occurs in Eagle Exchange

Update

Alumni Job Shadow student registration is still open. We will continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and provide updates. 

How Job Shadow Works

Alumni Registration

Alumni will register to participate as a host via Eagle Exchange between February 11 and 28. 

Student Registration

Students will register to participate via Eagle Exchange between March 9 and 20. Once students have registered, students will have the opportunity to select their top three hosts prior to March 20 deadline. 

Matching Process

The Career Center will match students with alumni based on a combination of factors, including location, availability, and interests. Match notifications will be sent between April 6 and 17. 

Job Shadows Begin

Students must attend a mandatory orientation via Canvas to prepare. Students and alumni will connect via Eagle Exchange and will participate in a one-day job shadow between May 13 and 20. 

Host a Boston College Student for a Day

This program is in partnership with the Boston College Alumni Association and allows BC alumni the opportunity to engage with current students on their journey to finding their own career path.

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As an alumni host, you can:

  • Support a BC student with their career exploration
  • Share your expertise and knowledge about work and careers
  • Increase brand recognition and a possible pipeline for future opportunities at your organization


Alumni registration is now closed. Thank you to all who registered to host a BC student!

Host a Successful Shadow Experience

The program is an educational experience for students; it may be their first exposure to a professional environment. For other students, it will be a chance to explore a career area which they might otherwise not have exposure, or to build their professional network in their chosen career area. Below are some sample activities that could help your shadow day benefit your student match:

  • Explain potential career paths within the organization and the profession
  • Review a current project or case study
  • Conduct a simulation of a real situation being faced by the company
  • Provide a tour of the office space
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Arrange informational interviews and network with BC alumni and other employees
  • Review current trends in the profession

 

Program Timeline

February 11–28 Alumni Host Registration 
March 9–20 Student Registration and Favoriting Period
April 6–17 Match Notifications Sent and Student Orientation (Online)
May 13–20 Job Shadows Occur

Questions?

Email us at eagleexchange@bc.edu

One of Boston College’s strengths is building community—both on and off campus. As an alum, I very much value taking time to help extend that community for current students.
Timothy J. Cruz ‘81, Plymouth County District Attorney and Past Job Shadow Host


Host FAQs

Shadow an Alum for a Day

A job shadow is a one-day experience where you'll have the opportunity to follow a working professional throughout their daily activities and learn about their career field. While job shadows vary based on the organization, a typical job shadow experience may include the opportunity to:

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  • Explore potential career paths within the organization and the profession
  • Review a current project or case study
  • Conduct a simulation of a real situation being faced by the company
  • Complete a tour of the office space
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Conduct informational interviews and network with BC alumni and other employees
  • Enjoy lunch with BC alumni and other employees
  • Review current trends in the profession
     

Student registration is open March 9–20, 2020.

Register Now

5 Reasons You Should Do a Job Shadow

Program Timeline

February 11–28 Alumni Host Registration 
March 9–20 Student Registration and Favoriting Period
April 6–17 Match Notifications Sent and Student Orientation (Online)
May 13–20 Job Shadows Occur

Questions?

Email us at eagleexchange@bc.edu

 

2020 Opportunities


 

Top Locations:

  • Boston
  • New York City
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
  • Miami

Opportunites by Cluster:

  • Business, Consulting, Finance
    260 Opportunities
  • Communication, Arts, Media 
    97 Opportunities
  • Education, Nonprofit, Social Service
    124 Opportunities
  • Government, Law, Public Policy
    81 Opportunities
  • Healthcare and Nursing
    46 Opportunities
  • Science, Technology, Engineering
    75 Opportunities

Featured Hosts:

  • ABC—The View
  • ESPN
  • Angell Animal Medical Center 
  • Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers
  • Children's National Hospital
  • Pine Street Inn
  • EF Education
  • Harvard Kennedy School
  • Cigna
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • AIG
  • Digitas
  • WarnerMedia
  • CNN
  • The Broadway National Tour of Waitress
  • NBC Universal—The Today Show
  • Tennis Channel
  • Ecotarium Museum of Science and Nature
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Deloitte
  • New York Unified Courts
  • United Nations 
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • GrubHub
  • Nestle
  • Save the Children

531

Total shadowing opportunities

214

Unique alumni hosts

Participating in the Job Shadow Program was an amazing experience and opportunity. Our host went above and beyond to ensure that we had a great day. We had the opportunity to meet executives in various departments and I am so grateful and thankful for this opportunity.
2018 Job Shadow Student Participant


Student FAQs