Winter Break Shadowing Program

Career exploration during the undergraduate years is critically important for Pitzer students. The opportunity to get an “inside look” at different professions or have an immersive experience in a potential career path can be a significant driver of student success in designing and executing a post-Pitzer career plan.  With that in mind, Career Services, in partnership with the Pitzer Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, is pleased to launch this new job shadowing program for the 2013-14 academic year.

The Winter Break Shadowing Program will match Pitzer undergraduates with alumni and parent hosts who can “take a student to work” with them for between two and five days during Winter Break (between December 20 and January 20).  Through shadowing their hosts, student will obtain in-depth information about what it takes to be successful in a specific profession and what roles interest them in a specific organization.  During the shadowing opportunity, students might have the chance to attend work meeting with their hosts, meet with staff and host colleagues from other areas of an organization, complete a brief assigned exercise or project (for learning purposes only), present a summary of what they learned to their hosts and colleagues, and discuss ways to improve their resumes or interviewing skills.

For Pitzer alumni and parents who are willing and able to host one or more students, the shadowing program is a great opportunity to connect with current Pitzer students, provide mentorship and education around your career path, and really make a difference for students who are just beginning to map out their career plans.  It is also a great way to show off Pitzer’s impressive students to colleagues, clients and hiring managers.  The requirements for hosting are as follows:

  • Be available to host one or more Pitzer undergraduate students at your organization between December 20, 2013 and January 20, 2014 for a minimum of two and a maximum of five days
  • Submit a brief bio of yourself and a brief description of what you do at your organization (in total, one page or less) by October 28
  • Indicate the dates that work best for you to host during Winter Break and how many students you might be willing to host (if you can host more than one) by October 28

Students will be responsible for their own transportation to your organization and their housing during the shadowing period.  Students will be able to see the alumni and parents who have agreed to be hosts, and will have the opportunity to apply to shadow specific hosts. Career Services will match students with shadowing hosts by late November and notify both the students and the hosts. Students will then be required to directly contact their assigned host by December 16 to arrange the details of their shadowing experience.

Alumni and parents who are interested in being Winter Break Shadow hosts should contact Matt Donato, the Director of Career Services, at or 909-607-2796 by October 28, 2013.