Students at job fair

Job Shadow Program

The Job Shadow Program (JSP) connects students, either individually or in small groups, to local employers for single-day experiential learning events. Students will explore an industry and connect their classroom learning to the real world; employers will meet new talent and build their brands.

Each job shadow experience takes only one day, but the rewards could pay dividends for years to come.

In surveys conducted by Junior Achievement USA:

  • 90% of students participating in job shadow programs reported they have a better understanding of their career options.
  • 76% of employees who volunteered to host a shadow said they were able to hone their leadership skills, and 63% reported an improved perception of their company.

How It Works

  • The student applies first (see below for application dates) and tells the Career Services Center what he or she is studying and interested in.
  • Then, the CSC matches the student to a local employer.
  • And the student coordinates the shadow date with his or her host.

Important Dates for 2020 Job Shadow Program

  • January 13 - February 14: Student application window
  • February 17 - March 6: CSC matches students to employers
  • March 9 - 13: Students attend orientations and reach out to their hosts
  • March 16 - May 1: Job shadows take place on agreed-upon dates
  • May 8: Last day to submit post-shadow surveys and, for students, to receive the Certificate of Completion.

Contact Information

Career Services
Student Services Center (SSC) Room 3258
(630) 942-2230
Fax: (630) 942-4596

Regular Hours:
Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.