Job Shadow Program
The Pepperdine Job Shadow Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to explore an industry, organization, or job function while shadowing Pepperdine alumni and friends of the university in their various work environments. Students can be matched with host professionals in the Greater Los Angeles area or virtually across the globe for hands-on and rewarding career exploration to sharpen their career plans, network with alumni, gain industry contacts, and increase confidence in their professional skills.
The format and schedule will vary by the nature of the hosts' job or industry but a session may include:
- An informational interview with the 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 tour of the company (if possible)
- Attendance at team meetings and/or organizational events
- Exposure to career/internship opportunities within the organization
Job Shadow Program Dates
The Job Shadow experience will be scheduled between you and your host during one of the days listed below. The Job Shadow Program is offered both in-person and virtually. The nature of your job shadow experience will be dependent on your host's site availability and location. You may connect with an industry professional in person or via video conference.
Fall Job Shadow Program
Apply on Handshake by September 19
Spring Job Shadow Program
Apply on Handshake by March 6
Application & Matching Process
Students must watch the mandatory orientation video and sign the Student Participation Agreement to be eligible to participate. Instructions to sign the Student Participation Agreement are shared in the orientation video. To watch the Job Shadow Day Orientation Video, please click here.
The Career Center team will match students with a host based on the application materials, major, career interests, and preferences. Please note due to 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 in their shadowing experience.
Job Shadow Day is not a paid experience. Students are responsible for scheduling their job shadow experience directly with their host. Once you attend the orientation, submit your application, and are matched with a host, you are required to participate in the program.
Frequently Asked Questions
All Seaver students are invited to participate.
Job Shadow Day hosts include a variety of professionals, mostly alumni, parents, and friends of the university working in a variety of industries in the Greater Los Angeles Area as well as virtually across the world.
Universal Music Group, Disney, AEG, Zoom, 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!
You will be introduced to your host via email about 2 weeks prior to Job Shadow Week. Depending on your host, you may be matched with 1-2 other students for the experience.
Yes, having a Career Center approved resume is mandatory for the Job Shadow Program. Your host will receive a copy of your resume prior to the experience.
The guide can be found in the Attachments section, on the left side bar, of the Handshake application.
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, etc. during Job Shadow Day.
Job Shadow Day is not a paid experience and students will not receive academic credit.