Job Shadow for Employers

Winter Job Shadow 2023

Program Dates: January 5-13th, 2023
Employer Registration: Monday, August 1, 2022
Employer Registration Closes: Friday, October 7, 2022

Our goal is to help as many Northampton students as possible find opportunities to explore and experience careers first hand. We are excited to build new partnerships with our local businesses to allow students to learn about new career paths and industries. One of the ways we help students explore is through experiential learning opportunities such as job shadows.

A job shadow is an opportunity for students to explore a specific career path and experience a day in the life of an employee. Job shadows typically include: a tour of the workplace, a discussion about job responsibilities, and the opportunity for students to watch and experience a typical day on the job. Employers are not expected to cease your daily activities to host the students.

  • Opportunity to engage talent and build your employee pipeline.
  • Create meaningful relationships with exceptional students.
  • Trial run for future candidates for internship opportunities.
  • Enhanced company branding with college students.
  • Ability to showcase your facilities and highlight why students should work for your company.

Registration

We would love to partner with your organization! To register for the 2022 Winter Job Shadow Program:

  1. Fill out our employer registration form here.
  2. After submitting your registration and it has been reviewed by an NCC Career Center team member, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with an Outlook Calendar invite. It's important that you accept this invitation to serve as a confirmation of the time & date. Student's application window will be October 24 - November 18, 2022. You will be notified of the student(s) matched to your company in December.

Employer Testimonials

" The job shadowing experience allowed us to further build connections to NCC, discuss our talent pipeline, and provide helpful career advice and guidance to the future of hospitality."

" We were able to share with the students a career path that they were not previously aware of. We recommended two students to apply for entry level positions at our organization."

Download Our Employer Packet (PDF)

Employer Host FAQ

When will students be coming to my company?

The following dates are available to host students:

  • Thursday, January 5, 2023
  • Friday, January 6, 2023
  • Monday, January 9, 2023
  • Tuesday, January 10, 2023
  • Wednesday, January 11, 2023
  • Thursday, January 12, 2023
  • Friday, January 13, 2023

What is the time commitment, and what are we responsible for as a host?

You have the option of choosing a half day (9:00 – 1:00 or 1:00 – 5:00) or a full day (9:00- 4:00). As the host you are responsible for creating a schedule for the students and coordinating who will participate in the program from the company. The schedule should include a tour of the facility, attending meetings, informational interviews with staff, overseeing work functions, and opportunities for students to ask questions.

Why should we sign up to be a Job Shadow host?

Job shadows offer companies an opportunity to showcase their employment facilities and create a pipeline of future employees. It allows you to build relationships with students and increase your brand awareness among the college community. This also allows you to engage your current employees and provide them with a mentorship opportunity. You will also be making a lasting impact on students who are still determining their career goals and giving them valuable tools to make that decision.

Who needs to be involved from my company?

We recommend involving individuals in specific job roles, a member of the human resources team, and a short interaction with senior level leadership when possible.

What will the student be doing while at the company?

Students will follow the agenda you provide, but you can expect students to: observe job functions, have one on one conversations with individuals in various job roles, take a tour, network, spend time with executives, and learn from HR about internship or future job opportunities.

What is the timeframe to sign up as a host for the job shadow?

We will open registration on August 1, 2022 and close registration for employers on October 7, 2022.

When will we be notified of which students and how many will be attending?

Students will be able to apply for the program October 24, 2022 - November 18, 2022. Employers will be notified of how many students matched to their company by December 12, 2022.

How does NCC match students to our company?

Our career development team reads the essays students submit and looks closely at their career interests. We match students to their top selections whenever possible.

Can the job shadow take place virtually?

Yes, the job shadow can take place virtually. We do recommend if you choose this option to keep the experience to a half day.

What happens in the event of inclement weather?

In the event of bad weather the day of the job shadow, please contact Katrina Schreefer at: kschreefer@northampton.edu. You will also receive e-mail addresses for the students matched to your company. We ask that you communicate with them directly as well.