Job Shadow Program

Connect with professionals to learn from their career stories.

The Job Shadow Program matches you with a professional to learn about the day to day realities of a career, gain valuable advice, and explore your career options. The program is currently offered as an in-person workplace visit.

Job shadowing is an opportunity to:

  • Learn about potential career options and ways to apply education, training and/or experience;
  • Test a career option before making a commitment to pursue it;
  • Clarify work-related preferences and interests (e.g., work environment, sector, tasks);
  • Develop knowledge of the industry, occupation or field as well as the specific vocabulary within that field;
  • Make useful connections with professionals;
  • Increase confidence in the work search process.
  • Gain exposure to the Canadian workplace.

Job shadowing is voluntary, unpaid, and extracurricular. We cannot guarantee that every applicant and host will be matched.

Program Dates

  • Fall Semester: November 12 - 15, 2024
  • Winter Semester: February 18 - 21, 2024

Information for hosts

Being a job shadow host can be a rewarding experience to develop your personal leadership skills and provide new professionals with the support you had (or wish you had) when you first started working.

In-Person Job Shadowing

Fall 2024 Host Registration: Open until September 16, 2024 
Winter 2024 Host Registration: Opens Fall 2024

Individuals working in the greater Edmonton area and Camrose can sign up as a host. If you are hosting for 1 day, the time commitment is typically between 8 to 10 hours, including registration and preparation. As a host, you will select the day(s) and times for the workplace visit, between February 20 and 23.

As a host, you will welcome 1 or multiple participants into your workplace. Hosts are expected to share their experiences, provide a safe, respectful environment, and plan and facilitate activities to help participants apply their skills and knowledge.

Any contact that continues beyond the Job Shadow Program is at the discretion of the hosts and participants.

There are no direct costs associated with hosts' participation.

Review our Fall 2024 Guidebook for more details about being a host.

Interested in being a host?

Register as a Host

If host registration is not currently open or you are unable to participate in the current round, share your interest in becoming a host via the form below and you will be contacted when the next registration period opens.

Prospective Job Shadow Host Form

Note: If you are unable to access Google forms due to security settings, please contact us at to collect your information.

Information for participants

Undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and U of A alums are encouraged to apply to participate in the Job Shadow Program.

When applications are open, review the list of hosts to determine who you are interested in shadowing. When ranking your top 3 hosts, please ensure you are available on the dates and/or times each host indicates. Host profiles are available for review on the application form. Submit an application by the deadline to be matched with a host.

The full program time commitment will be dependent on the amount of days you are job shadowing. Training and preparations for the job shadow will take a few hours.

Participants are expected to complete mandatory training and contact their host before the shadow to arrange details with their host.

Program fee: $25
The fee is paid after you are matched with a host. You are expected to pay incidental expenses that may be incurred before or during your job shadow (e.g., meals, parking, bus tickets, police information checks, etc.). If this fee is a barrier to your participation, please contact us:

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.

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