The University of Massachusetts Amherst

SBS Shadows Program Debuts and Makes an Impact

Thursday, February 9, 2017

This past winter break, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UMass Amherst conducted its first ever “SBS Shadows” program. This program provides a one-day job shadowing experience that gives students the opportunity to spend time with alumni or other hosts in their places of work. Students and hosts register to participate, and the SBS Career Center pairs students with hosts in their fields of interest.

Cassidy Kotyla '18 (Journalism & Communication) and Anthony Guido '96 (Journalism) shadowing Cohen Veteran's Network

For the first installment of the SBS Shadows program, 23 alumni hosted 34 students. After the day of shadowing, we followed up with students and hosts to see how they fared. 85% of the students said they’d definitely like to participate in this program again, with 100% of them saying they’d recommend it to a friend. Many students said this opportunity furthered their interest in their field.

Cassidy Kotlya (pictured), a communication and journalism major who shadowed at Cohen’s Veteran Network in Stamford, CT, commented on how the SBS coursework prepared her for her shadowing program because she was able to understand the concepts the company was discussing with other marketing firms. Another student said, “I was exposed to a variety of positions as well as given honest advice and insight about becoming an attorney,” also describing this experience as “excellent”.

Hosts also had rave reviews of the program, again with 100% of them saying they’d recommend the program to fellow alumni. Hosts said that, on average, the students seemed extremely well prepared and ready to learn. Many hosts also reported that they would have liked more time with the students, since this was only a one-day program, and that this was a great way to give back to the school and support current students.

SBS Shadows will continue this spring break, and there is availability for participants and hosts to register. Please register if you’d like to become involved in this successful program!

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