Job Shadow Week

U of A Job Shadow Week matches students, postdoctoral fellows and alumni with community-based professionals for a 1-4 day workplace visit during Reading Week. 

Job shadowing is an excellent way to explore career options in a short period of time where you can accompany, observe, and interview professionals in their workplaces. Job Shadow Week participants will:

  • make connections,
  • learn about the day-to-day realities of a career, and
  • gain valuable advice and insight.

Upcoming Job Shadow Weeks

Edmonton & Camrose (Augustana Campus)

  • February 18–21, 2020


Undergraduate and graduate students (including students from Faculty of Extension), postdoctoral fellows, and alumni are all encouraged to apply.

Job shadow experiences are voluntary (unpaid) and are not tied to an academic program. We cannot guarantee that every applicant will be matched with a host.

If you require accommodations such as accessing the list of hosts, help reading the form, or completing the required questions, please contact us at or call 780-492-4291.


Applications are now closed for the November 2019 Job Shadow Week. Applications for February 2020 will open on Thursday, January 9, 2020.

Information for participants

  • Costs
    Successfully matched participants pay a $25 administrative fee to the Career Centre and are expected to cover their own incidental costs such as parking, lunch, etc. 
  • Expectations

    After being accepted into the program, participants are expected to:

    Attend a mandatory workshop

    Contact your host prior to the shadow to discuss potential activities and other details like location, hours, parking, attire, etc.

  • Insurance coverage
    Job shadowing is not tied to participants’ core academic programming so the University of Alberta is not responsible in the event of personal injury or loss, accidents or other occurrences during a job shadow. Individuals are responsible for their own actions. 
  • Time committment

    When picking your top three hosts, applicants must ensure they are available on the days each host indicates. Work hours are typically during the day, however some hosts work shift work or evening hours.

    Any contact that continues beyond formal job shadowing weeks is at the sole discretion of hosts and participants.


Being a job shadow host can be a rewarding experience as it allows you to:

  • develop your personal leadership skills,
  • gain supervisory experience, and self-confidence, and
  • provide new professionals with the support you had (or wish you had) when you first started working.

Individuals working in Edmonton, St. Albert, Spruce Grove, Sherwood Park, Leduc and Camrose are encouraged to sign up as a host. We cannot guarantee that every host will be matched.

The deadline to register for February's reading week is January 7, 2020.

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Information for hosts

  • Costs
    There are no direct costs to hosts for participating. Indirect costs to hosts include the time spent preparing for and conducting the job shadow.  
  • Expectations

    As a host, you will be provided with a detailed guidebook prior to the job shadow. Your key responsibilities include:

    sharing expectations with participant(s),

    planning meaning activities, and

    providing a safe learning environment. 

  • Time committment

    Hosts will spend an hour or two planning activities and preparing an itinerary for the day(s) they are hosting.

    Any contact that continues beyond formal job shadowing weeks is at the sole discretion of hosts and participants.

U of A Job Shadow Week 2018

U of A Job Shadow Week 2014