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Job Shadow Program

Take a Wave to work!

Introduce current Pepperdine students to your industry by hosting them in your workplace.

The Pepperdine Job Shadow Day program connects current undergraduate students with employers, alumni, parents, and community partners for a job shadowing experience. Students are matched with host professionals in the Greater Los Angeles area or virtually across the globe 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, provide insights into your daily work, and spread awareness of your company/organization and available positions through hands-on learning.


Job Shadow Program Dates

As the host, you will work directly with your student match or matches to schedule a mutual date and time for the job shadow experience. We recommend scheduling the experience during the dates below. 



The Job Shadow Experience

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

  • A tour of the company
  • An informational interview with the host and/or other employees such as recent hires and alumni
  • Attendance at team meetings and/or organizational events
  • Exposure to career/internship opportunities within the organization
  • Insight and observance of the host's daily responsibilities and activities
  • Information about the company's hiring process
  • Internship/job tips
  Sample Half-Day Agenda (Virtual or In-Person)
9 - 9:30 am Introductions and tour (if possible), company overview, mission, culture, etc. 
9:30 - 10 am Informational interviews with various employees/leaders within the organization to learn more about pathways into the organization or observation of projects and/or meetings
10 - 11 am Panel Meet and Greet with recently hired college grads to share their experience of the hiring process and what they experience in a “day in the life”
  Sample Full-Day Agenda (In-Person Recommended)
9 - 9:30 am Introductions and office tour including an overview of various departments, functions, etc.
9:30 - 10:30 am Observation of projects, meetings, client calls, creative briefs, etc.
10:30 - 11:30 am Rotate through various departments/functions and conduct brief informational interviews with pre-assigned employees
11:30 - 12 pm Meet with senior leadership staff to learn more about their professional journeys and job functions
12 - 1 pm Lunch with new college hires to learn about the transition from college to career 


If you are interested in connecting with a student 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!