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Job Shadow Day

The Pepperdine Job Shadow Day program offers undergraduate students the unique opportunity to explore an industry, organization, or job function while shadowing Pepperdine alumni and friends of the university in their various work environments. Students are matched with host professionals in the Greater Los Angeles area for one day of hands-on and rewarding career exploration to sharpen their career focus, network with alumni, gain industry contacts, and increase confidence in their professional skills.

The format and schedule of the shadowing experience will vary by the nature of the hosts' job or industry. Activities may include:

  • Observation of individual employees' activities during their workday
  • Meet and greets with recent hires or current interns
  • Informational interviews with a variety of employees
  • Attendance at team meetings and/or organizational events
  • Lunch with Pepperdine alumni
  • A guided tour of the company's facility
  • Exposure to career/internship opportunities within the organization

Upcoming Job Shadow Days

Fall 2020 Job Shadow Days

Tuesday, October 27 - Friday, October 30, 2020

Apply on Handshake (coming soon)

Apply by Sunday, September 27, 2020.

Spring 2021 Job Shadow Days


Application TBA

Apply deadline TBA

Application & Matching Process

Students must complete their application on Handshake and attend a mandatory 1-hour orientation session to be eligible to participate.

Job Shadow Day Orientation Dates

  • TBA

The Career Center team will match students with a host based on the application materials, major, career interests, and preferences. Please note due availability, the company/host requested on the student application is not a guarantee. The Career Center emphasizes the value of this career exploration and mentorship opportunity regardless of the company or host match and encourages students to be open and flexible to their shadowing experience.

Job Shadow Day is not a paid experience. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the host site as well as their lunch (unless otherwise notified) during Job Shadow Day. Once you attend the orientation, submit your application, and you are matched with a host, you are required to participate in the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

  Who can participate?

All undergraduate students are invited to participate!

  Who are the hosts?

Job Shadow Day hosts include a variety of professionals, mostly alumni, parents, and friends of the university working in the following industries: Arts and entertainment, healthcare, business, government, technology, and other industries in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

  What companies have participated in the past?

Universal Music Group, AEG, Red Bull, Manchester Financial, Union Rescue Mission, Venbrook Insurance, Southern California Life Magazine, Children's Law Center of California, ColourPop Cosmetics, Los Angeles County, Coty, AUDIENCEX, Horizon Media, NBC Los Angeles, ABC, JJ&A, Charles Schwab, and more! 

  Is there a cost?

There is no fee to participate in Job Shadow Day. However, students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the host site, parking, and lunch (unless otherwise notified) during Job Shadow Day. 

  Will I be paid?

Job Shadow Day is not a paid experience and students will not receive academic credit.