The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Deadline | Apply for SBS Shadows

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 (All day)

Spend a day at the office with an alum over winter break!  Learn about the work they do, their company or organization, and how they got from UMass to where they are now.

This is a great opportunity to get exposure to the real world of work, to learn from alums who have been where you are, and to get insight into the different options and pathways that lie ahead for you.

How does it work?

Alumni hosts register before Nov. 15th.  Students register during the month of November, and, after reviewing the bios of potential hosts, select their top three choices for potential shadowing visits.  After the Nov. 30th student deadline, alumni will review the students who have selected them, rank their choices, and our office will make matches, which will be announced in mid-December.  Students and alumni with then work together to find a mutually agreeable date for the shadowing visit.

There is no funding available to support shadowing visits, so it is wise to select hosts near your hometown/within reasonable commuting distance, or in a place where you have someone to stay with.

Note: a shadowing visit is not guaranteed.  We do our best to match as many people as possible, but the odds all depend on how many students and alumni register.  As well, no student will be matched with a host they have not indicated an interest in shadowing, and no host will be matched with a student they have not approved of.   We encourage you to take the application seriously, have your resume reviewed prior to submitting it with your registration, and to know why you want to shadow the hosts you select.  Additionally, you must attend an SBS Shadows orientation session to be eligible for a shadowing visit.