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Job Shadow Program

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Introduce current Pepperdine students to your profession by hosting them in your workplace and sharing insights into your profession. 

The Pepperdine Job Shadow Program provides an opportunity for undergraduates to acquire practical knowledge in line with their career aspirations. Students are matched with host professionals in the Greater Los Angeles area or worldwide (virtually or in-person) to introduce them to a variety of career fields and industries. Through this program, students can benefit from hands-on learning experiences facilitated by alumni, employers, parents, and community partners.

Serving as a Job Shadow host is a great opportunity to mentor Pepperdine students, help them to establish connections with alumni and industry professionals, and increase their confidence in their professional abilities. 


Matching Hosts & Students

  • Alumni, parents, and friends of Pepperdine register to host 1-3 undergraduate student(s) by using the Job Shadow Program registration form.
  • During the designated student application window, hosts will receive notifications if there is a student match. Students are required to submit an application and attend an orientation to prepare them for a successful experience.
  • Upon finding an appropriate match, hosts will be promptly notified and introduced directly to their assigned students. Together, they can then coordinate and mutually agree upon a convenient time for the job shadow experience. Although a match is not guaranteed, we look forward to matching as many students with alumni & friends of Pepperdine as possible.
  • Following the initial introduction, we kindly request our hosts to make arrangements for the experience within 1-3 weeks.


Student Application Period


Student Application & Matching Period: August 21 - September 29, 2023

Fall Job Shadow Program


Student Application & Matching Period: TBA

Spring Job Shadow Program


Planning the Job Shadow Experience

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

  • A tour of the company
  • Insight and observance of the host's daily responsibilities and activities
  • An informational interview with the host and/or other employees such as recent hires and alumni
  • Attendance at team meetings and/or organizational events
  • Information about the company's hiring process, career/internship opportunities, etc.
  • Internship/job tips, graduate school guidance, etc. 

  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!