Winter Break Shadowing Program

Submit Your Job Shadowing Opportunity

Deadline to submit hosting opportunities is to be posted Fall 2020

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.

Seth Miller ’05
Company: The Miller Law Offices

Seth Miller '05“The entire office had a great time hosting the two students. It was a wonderful way to stay connected to the Pitzer community and I would do this again in a heartbeat.  Thank you to everyone who organized this!”


The Winter Break Shadowing Program matches Pitzer undergraduates with alumni and parent hosts who can “take a student to work” with them for between 1/2  – three days during Winter Break.  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 meetings 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 mapping 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:


Using the form that is linked above, please submit the following information:

  • A brief description of the organization
  • A brief description of the potential student experience
  • Indicate the dates that work best for you to host during Winter Break sometime between January 6 – 17, 2020
  • Indicate how many students you are willing to host

Julie Rosenberg ’84
Company: US Environmental Protection Agency

Julie Rosenberg '84“My Pitzer student was wonderful. She was profoundly engaging and resilient, and fit right into our office. I also spent some time with her, one-on-one, and also enjoyed discussing her past, present and thoughts about her future. I also had her come to my home for dinner and she immediately clicked with my family. I sincerely appreciated the chance to be with someone else who knows and loves Pitzer College. I’m certainly interested in following her adventures and staying in touch with her. Thank you for establishing this great opportunity.”

Additional Information

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/families who have agreed to be hosts, and will have the opportunity to apply to shadow specific hosts. Host sites should be open to any Pitzer student(s) without requirements for particular majors or other qualifications. Career Services will match students with shadowing hosts by early December and notify both the students and the hosts. Students will then be required to directly contact their assigned host by mid-December to arrange the details of their shadowing experience.

Please note that student utilization of a particular Winter Break Shadowing host site is dependent on student interest and the accessibility of the location and specific dates.  Each year, we have wonderful host sites to which students do not match.  You will be informed if a student matches to your site or does not.  If not, we hope that you will consider resubmitting in the future.


Please contact Teresa Flores Roberts, the Associate Director of Career Services, at or