Alumni Job Shadow Program

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Connecting Students and Alumni for Career Exploration

December 19, 2019 – January 14, 2020

Alumni Job Shadow is launching on an exciting new platform this year! Once registered, participants will experience streamlined communications and student matching. Alumni registration opens Thurs., Sept. 12 at

Why Register?

  • Fairfield alumni can make a big difference in helping our students get on the right career path!
  • Fairfield’s Job Shadow program, held during winter break, pairs students with alumni professionals for a day or half-day (or even lunch) of rewarding career exploration.
  • Fairfield’s Alumni Job Shadow program gives students a chance to begin planning for life after Fairfield by accompanying alumni through a typical workday during winter break.

Alumni Hosts/Mentors

Fairfield alumni have so much to offer today’s students! We hope that alumni from all industries will volunteer as mentors so we can match all students who register for this rewarding, impactful program.

Whether you can devote a day, 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 careers, culture, and industry, and share your own personal career experiences.

The industries often requested by students include:

  • Advertising
  • Counseling/Psychology
  • Finance* (investment banking, corporate, financial services)
  • Marketing*
  • Media Production
  • Medical Doctors
  • Nonprofit
  • Nursing*
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Sports Management/Marketing

*Fairfield especially needs alumni career mentors in finance, marketing, and nursing. If you work in those fields, please consider participating this year.

Alumni Timeline

September Alumni will receive an e-mail with a link to the online registration page.
October 25 Complete a profile form and register to host one, two, three, or more students at your organization for a full day, half-day, or lunch.
November 30 Matched alumni mentors will be notified of the student(s) who will shadow them. (Alumni who are not matched will also be notified. Matches are based on students’ choices of location and industry).
December 4 Alumni reply to students with details and itinerary.
December 20, 2019 – January 10, 2020 Job Shadow!


Typical Shadow Day

To help ensure a successful Job Shadow experience, we recommend alumni share in advance an 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 spend the entire time with you and/or spend time with colleagues.

  • Talk about your career path since graduating from Fairfield. Discuss potential career paths within the organization and the industry
  • Schedule brief (15-minute) informational interviews with the student and Fairfield alumni and other employees within your organization
  • Schedule time with Human Resources to talk about future opportunities and hiring trends
  • Have the student join you for client and internal meetings
  • Tour your organization’s facility
  • Review the student's resume
  • Assign a brief project relevant to their career interests or major
  • Schedule time for Q&A

Juniors & Seniors

Job Shadow is an opportunity for juniors and seniors to observe first-hand a typical day on the job by accompanying Fairfield alumni through their workday. Students 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. The Job Shadow student registration opens in September 2019.

Students from all majors participate in Job Shadow, including marketing, finance, psychology, biology, communication, engineering, nursing, media and film production, information systems, and international studies—to name a few.

Typical Job Shadow Day

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

  • Observation of the employees’ activities during their workday
  • Informational interviews with the Fairfield alumna/nus host and other employees
  • Meetings with the president, department heads, or other individuals
  • Lunch with Fairfield alumni
  • A tour of the workplace
  • An opportunity for a resume review with the alumna/nua

Participating Organizations

Companies participating in Fairfield’s Job Shadow program have included:

Albany Medical Center


Bank of America

Baystate Health

Boston Children’s Hospital

Boston College





Fairfield University

GE Digital

Godiva Chocolatier



Inspira Marketing


NBC Sports Group


Northwell Health

Omnicom Health Group






Student Timeline

  September Juniors and seniors will receive an e-mail from the Career Center with a link to the online registration.
October 25 Complete the online application that will assist in matching students to an opportunity based on career interest and location.
November Students must attend a mandatory Orientation Workshop to learn about the program goals and procedures, and how to prepare for the Job Shadow experience.
Early December Contact the alumni mentor directly to arrange for your Shadow Day experience.
December 19, 2019 – January 14, 2019 Job Shadow!

Student Expectations

There is a mandatory Orientation in mid-November. There will be a “returner” Orientation for students who participated last year.

Prior to the Job Shadow visit

  • If students are matched, they are expected to participate in the program. If, for any reason, students cannot participate after being matched, notify the Career Center immediately so we can match another student.
  • Contact the alumni mentor to schedule a convenient Job Shadow date.
  • Research the organization and prepare a list of questions to ask the alumni host.
  • Be sure to respond to all correspondence from the alumni mentor in a timely manner.
  • Plan transportation and allow plenty of time for traffic, etc.

During the Job Shadow visit

  • Bring a padfolio with a notebook, pen, and copies of your resume.
  • Dress and speak professionally.
  • Arrive on time (or 5 minutes early).
  • Spend the day actively listening, learning, asking relevant questions, and taking notes.
  • Ask for business cards of anyone you meet with during the day so you can follow up with them.
  • Take some photos of you and your alumni host in front of a company sign and during other activities.

After the Job Shadow Day

  • Send thank you notes to your alumni host and anyone else you met during the Job Shadow day.
  • E-mail photos to so we can create an online album.

Alumni Job Shadow Experiences


Marybeth McManus ‘78, MPA, BSN, RN-BC
Chief Nursing Officer, Associate Executive Director of Patient Care Services
Zucker Hillside Hospital

"I have been involved in the Fairfield Alumni Job Shadow initiative for several years and believe it benefits both the student nurse and myself. The students receive an overview of job opportunities throughout Northwell Health, exposure to a behavioral health hospital from the Chief Nursing Officer's perspective, and advice on how to start their career with opportunities at Northwell. In exchange, I see it as a recruitment opportunity and the chance to observe a student nurse's reaction to a specialty area such as inpatient behavioral health nursing.

At my son's graduation ceremony at Fairfield I was proud to see that my Alumni Job Shadow students and nurse externs were recipients of Magna Cum Laude and Sum Laude degrees!"



Johh Iannarone '77
Urgent Care Physician
St. Vincent's Medical Center

"I had an absolutely wonderful experience over three different days with Emilse, Rami and Abdul. They were attentive and enthusiastic as we saw a variety of patients who presented with anything from routine problems to true medical emergencies. The patients enjoyed speaking and interacting with the students. Their interest and enthusiasm were contagious. All three of them are clearly motivated, smart, and so appreciative of their Fairfield Jesuit education and Ignatian values.

Spending time with these future physicians rekindled my enthusiasm for my medical career which spans 37 years. I enjoyed reminiscing about my time at Fairfield, what motivated me to pursue a medical career, and how my Fairfield Jesuit education continues to serve me well, especially in difficult situations.

I would highly recommend this program to classmates and colleagues, both as a great personal growth experience, as well as a way to give back to Fairfield University. Please sign me up for next year."

Student Job Shadow Experiences


Eileen Plaehn '18
Marketing Major Environmental Studies Minor

"Twice I was matched with notable companies while participating in the Alumni Job Shadow program. Initially, when I was matched at Thermo Fisher Scientific, I was hesitant since I didn't know too much about the company or industry. Fast forward five months later and I began working at Thermo Fisher just weeks after graduation! Had it not been for the Job Shadow program and the incredible alumni network Fairfield has, I would not be where I am today! If you're a Stag and thinking about participating, be open to any opportunity. You never know who you'll meet or where your experiences can take you!"


Alfredo Torres '18
Digital Journalism

"Signing up for the Alumni Job Shadow was one of the best decisions I have made at Fairfield University, not only because I was able to explore the offices of my dream job, ESPN, but also for the amazing people that I was able to meet. I was introduced to so many people from several different departments and all offered a different perspective of ESPN. I learned so much during my job shadow that I would not have learned anywhere else and it is definitely something I would recommend for future students."


Michelle Rotondo '19

"Thank you for connecting me with alumni at Katz Media Group and Spectrum Reach. Both job shadows were really great experiences and helped me to expand my network as I continue my internship search. Overall, I feel better informed to have conversations with media professionals and feel confident to ask thoughtful questions during interviews."


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