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Job Shadow Day

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 - Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Students will come prepared with questions, interest, and a desire to learn about your career path. Serving as a host on Job Shadow Day is a great way to support current students by providing opportunities for career exploration. It's also a good way to build your Pepperdine network and potentially connect you with future job candidates for your organization. Volunteer today to share your professional expertise with students and become an essential part of their Pepperdine experience.

Registration for Job Shadow Day on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, is now open for hosts located in the Greater Los Angeles area.  

Click here to sign up to serve as a host! 


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Job Shadow Day?

Externships are short-term job shadowing experiences that offer no pay and typically last one to three days. Students shadow alumni, parents, and friends of Pepperdine to get first-hand exposure to a specific career field. The extern selection process is governed by the Seaver College Career Center. Internships are long term work commitments to an organization in exchange for compensation or academic credit. Interns are selected and hired by the host organization.

When does Job Shadow Day take place?

Job Shadow Day will take place on Wednesday, November 7, 2018

What are the benefits of Job Shadow Day to me and my organization?

Serving as a Project E(x)ternship host gives you a unique opportunity to connect with current undergraduate Pepperdine students and influence their career development in a real way. You have a chance to meet potential new talent for future summer interns and full-time employees and increase the exposure of your company and career field.

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 Project E(x)ternship. Students cannot shadow hosts in a private home office.

When is the deadline to register to host a student?

SPRING BREAK: Friday, November 5, 2015

SUMMER BREAK: Friday, March 4, 2016

What are the expectations for a Job Shadow Day host?

Project E(x)ternship hosts are expected to serve as positive career role models in a professional setting, allowing students to "shadow" them through a typical day of activities. You can invite students to participate in meetings, interview colleagues, tour your organization, complete small tasks, and observe general business proceedings.

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

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

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.

How does the selection process work?

Alumni, parents, and friends of Pepperdine register to host 1 (or more) undergraduate student(s) by the registration deadline. Students then apply for specific Project E(x)ternship opportunities, after reviewing the hosts' job, company, location and descriptions online. Seaver College Career Center staff conduct student interviews, make student selection, match students with hosts and send acceptance and introduction emails. Students are required to attend professional development training to prepare them for a successful project E(x)ternship experience. This training will be completed before students partake in their E(x)ternship opportunities. Hosts will receive guidelines/expectations and can direct all questions and concerns to the Seaver Career Center Office Manager Madelline Abourched.

Am I guaranteed a student match?

Because the number of hosts and student applicants varies each year we cannot always guarantee a match but do our best to provide opportunities for hosts to participate in Project E(x)ternship and other Seaver Career Center programs.

Why should I serve as a host?