Gator Shadow Day is open to any organization based in Gainesville and the surrounding areas.* UF student-applicants are matched with employees at local organizations whose professional roles align with students’ career interests. The CRC does not provide transportation for the student to and from the shadowing site, and the responsibility lies with the student to arrange for transportation.
*Organizations based in an individual’s home are excluded from participation in Gator Shadow Day. Should you register for Gator Shadow Day, we cannot guarantee a student match. Additionally, please note that some students do not have transportation, so organizations located beyond a 25-mile radius should be aware of this obstacle that could limit a match.
There is no charge associated with participation to the student or organization for Gator Shadow Day.
One size doesn’t fit all. Successful job shadowing experiences can take various forms and levels of coordination. Some organizations host multiple students matched with employees across departments for a full-day, while other organizations host one student at a time for a more abbreviated duration. Regardless of the time commitment, hosting a job shadowing student can be valuable for both the student and employer.
A few activities to consider incorporating throughout the shadowing experience could include:
- Company overview
- Tour of facility
- Overview job function
- Observation of job functions
- Incorporating company leadership
- Q& A or reflection time
The CRC can assist you with determining how to customize a job shadowing experience for your organization. We can also aid you in communicating any confidentiality agreements, security clearances, or paperwork to students prior to the shadowing experience. For a free consultation about your participation in Gator Shadow Day please contact Tianna Dowie-Chin at TiannaDC@crc.ufl.eduu or 352-273-2314.
In order to participate, organizations or individual hosts must complete the Gator Shadow Day registration form
. In addition to other questions, registrants will be asked to identify the following items:
- Availability on April 21, 2017 (Gainesville)
- Number of students in which the organization or individual can host
- Identify the job function(s) the students will be shadowing
- Describe any sort of special security clearances or paperwork the student will be responsible for completing