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Job Shadow Day: Serve as a Virtual Host

Students posing in front of Staples Center for Job Shadow Day


Take a Wave to work, virtually!

Registration for the 2020-2021 Job Shadow Day program is now open.


Introduce current Pepperdine students to your industry by hosting them in your workplace for a day or half-day shadowing experience on Job Shadow Day! 

The Pepperdine Job Shadow Day program connects current undergraduate students with employers, alumni, parents, and community partners for a one-day or half-day job shadowing experience. Students are matched with host professionals in the Greater Los Angeles area to provide them with exposure to a wide variety of career fields and industries. Serving as a Job Shadow Day host is a great opportunity to mentor Pepperdine students and spread branding and awareness of your company/organization and available positions through direct access and hands-on learning.

Important Update: Due to the current Spring 2021 virtual instruction and to prioritize the health and safety of our community and commitment to the student experience, Job Shadow Day is now a virtual experience. Connect with a current student over a video conference or phone conversation to support their professional development, provide insight on your career experiences, and offer insight into your industry.

Upcoming Job Shadow Days

The job shadow experience will be scheduled directly with your student(s) match at a mutually agreed upon time during any one of the four Job Shadow Days.


Fall Job Shadow Days

Tuesday, October 27 - Friday, October 30, 2020

Sign Up Here

Spring Job Shadow Days

Tuesday, April 20 - Friday, April 23, 2021

Sign Up Here

The Job Shadow Experience

The format and schedule will vary between companies but a virtual session may include:

  • An informational interview with host and/or other employees such as recent hires and alumni
  • Insight into the host's daily responsibilities and activities
  • Information about the company's hiring process
  • Internship/job tips
  • A virtual tour of the company, if possible
  • Attendance at team meetings and/or organizational events
  • Exposure to career/internship opportunities within the organization

If you are interested in serving as a Job Shadow Day host, please fill out the short form below. Based on your responses, we will work to match you with a student. Although a match is not guaranteed, we look forward to matching as many students with members of the Pepperdine community as possible. Volunteer today to share your professional expertise with students and become an essential part of their Pepperdine experience!




Job Shadow Day 2019

The little we can do to educate, enlighten or inspire can be very beneficial.

This is a wonderful program and it was a true pleasure to host.



Frequently Asked Questions

  How does the host/student matching process work?

Alumni, parents, and friends of Pepperdine register to host 1-3 undergraduate student(s) by using the Job Shadow Day registration form. Students are required to submit an application and attend a Job Shadow Day orientation to prepare them for a successful experience. Based on the host and student responses received, we will work to match students and with a host that closely aligns with their industry or job function of interest. Although a match is not guaranteed, we look forward to matching as many students with alumni & friends of Pepperdine as possible. The Career Center will notify hosts if/when they are matched with a student and will provide details and instructions on how to coordinate the shadowing experience.

  Can I host more than one student?

Yes. The number of students you host is up to you. Please indicate your preference on the registration form.

  I work from home/don't have an office. Can I still participate as a host?

Hosts must work in a place of business to participate in the Job Shadow Day program. Students cannot shadow hosts in a private home office.

  Am I responsible for the student's housing, transportation, and other expenses?

No. The students assume all of the expenses associated with their experiences.

  I don't live in Southern California. Can I still participate as a host?
Because Job Shadow Day is a one-day experience, we are currently seeking hosts in the Greater Los Angeles area. If you are interested in serving as a host but are not local to the Los Angeles area, we encourage you to sign up for our Thrive Mentoring Program (virtual).