Job Shadow: Connecting Students and Alumni for Career Exploration and Networking

Alumni Hosts/Mentors  |  Fairfield Juniors & Seniors

One day can make a big difference in a student’s career path!

Fairfield’s Job Shadow program during winter break pairs students with alumni professionals across the Northeast and beyond for a day or half-day of rewarding career exploration.

Students have the chance to sharpen their career focus, network with Fairfield alumni in a field they’re interested in, and enhance their confidence. Alumni and their organizations likewise have the opportunity to connect with Fairfield students and build awareness of the culture and opportunities available in their field.

Read more about the Job Shadow experience, and view some photos.

Job Shadow 2016:
December 17, 2015 - January 15, 2016

Alumni Hosts/Mentors

Alumni Profile Form   |   Timeline   |   Suggested Activities  |  Alumni Application

As Fairfield alumni, you have a lot to offer today’s students! As a Job Shadow mentor, your experience in the working world can have a powerful influence on current Fairfield undergraduates.

Whether you have a day to give, a half day, or even a lunch meeting, your time is extremely beneficial to Fairfield students. Whatever your field, you’ll have the opportunity to introduce the careers, culture and industry of your organization—and share your own personal career experiences.

All industries are invited! The ones most requested by students include:

  • Advertising
  • Media Production
  • Finance – including investment banking, corporate and financial services
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Nursing
  • Medical Doctors
  • Sports Management and Marketing
  • Nonprofit
  • Counseling/psychology


By September 30   Fill out a profile form and register to host one, two, three or more students at their organization for a full day, half-day, or lunch.

By November 30   Matched alumni mentors will be notified of the student(s) who will shadow them. (Those alumni who are not matched will also be notified. Matches are based on students’ choices of location and career.)

By December 4  Alumni should reply to students with details and itinerary.

December 17, 2015 - January 15, 2016  Job Shadow!

Suggested Shadow Day Activities

To help you and your student(s) have a successful Job Shadow experience, we recommend that you show your student(s) an advance itinerary of what you anticipate the Shadow Day to be like. You may choose to have the student(s) for a full day, half-day, or lunch. They can spent the entire time with you, or you may have them visit with colleagues and alumni who work with you.

For the best student experience, we suggest the following:

  • Conduct informational interviews with Fairfield alumni and other employees within your organization. Schedule 15-minute chats with people in all different positions within the organization.
  • Schedule time with HR to talk about future opportunities and hiring trends.
  • Tour of your organization’s facility
  • Review current trends in the industry
  • Bring student(s) to client and internal meetings
  • Assign a short project relevant to their career interests or major
  • Resume critique and career conversation. Explore potential career paths within the organization and the profession. Talk about your own career path since Fairfield U.
  • Q&A

Apply now!
Alumni applications are due by September 30.

For more information, e-mail Julie Tuozzoli '85, Manager, Employer Relations & Alumni Career Development, or call her at (203) 254-4000, ext. 3416.


Fairfield Juniors & Seniors

A Typical Day | Timeline | Expectations | Student Application

Sharpen your career focus… Network with alumni in your area of interest... Enhance your confidence… Spend a day with a Fairfield alum and see what your future could hold!

Job Shadow is an opportunity for you to observe first-hand a typical day on the job by accompanying Fairfield alumni through their workday. You’ll begin to understand the skills and attributes necessary to succeed in a particular field and gain a realistic picture of the everyday aspects of a workplace.

Participating students have majored in marketing, finance, psychology, biology, communication, engineering, nursing, media and film production, information systems, and international studies—to name a few. You do not have to have experience in the field. This experience is meant to be a chance to explore careers and network with alumni.

A Typical Job Shadow Day

The format and schedule varies, but a typical Job Shadow day may include:

  • Observation of individual employees’ activities during their workday
  • Informational interviews with employees
  • Meetings with the president, CEO, department heads, or other individuals
  • Lunch with Fairfield alumni
  • A tour of the company

Companies participating in Fairfield’s Job Shadow program have included Gap Inc.; AOL, Inc.; NASDAQ; ESPN; Pfizer Inc.; GE; Google; Hearst Media Corporation; J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC; LinkedIn; Macy’s; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Brigham and Women's Hospital; Merrill Lynch; Morgan Stanley; PepsiCo; The Hartford; Unilever; and more.


By October 23   Complete your online application. The Career Planning Center matches students to an opportunity based on your request, career interest, and location. Applications will be available online by September 1.

November  You must attend a mandatory orientation workshop to learn about the program goals and procedures, and how to prepare for your job shadow experience.

By December 1   Contact you alumni mentor directly to arrange for your Shadow Day experience.

December 17, 2015 - January 15, 2016  Job Shadow!


There is a mandatory Orientation in mid-November. If you participated last year there will be a “returner” Orientation.

During your Job Shadow experience, you are expected to arrive on time, dress appropriately, have done in-depth research into the organization, come with substantive questions, and be prepared to spend the day learning. You are also responsible for your own transportation.  

If you are matched you are expected to participate in the program. If, for any reason, you cannot participate after you have been matched, please notify Career Planning immediately. Another student may not have been matched and want to take advantage of this opportunity. The Career Planning Center must also notify the alumna/us. It damages the integrity of the program when Fairfield students do not follow through. 

Apply now!

The deadline for student applications is October 23, 2015.

For more information, e-mail Kim Nickolenko, Director of Internships, or call her at (203) 254-4081.

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