Winter Break Shadowing Program 2019-2020

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.


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 – 3 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.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in shadowing alumni and parents during Winter Break to gain valuable insight into potential career paths, you should consider applying (submitting a one-page resume) for a shadowing opportunity. All positions are posted through the Career Services Management (CSM) platform Handshake. Please log in to Handshake and follow the instructions on the Winter Break Shadowing document. Students can apply for up to (4) opportunities.


Funding up to $500 is available but it is not guaranteed and it is limited in number. To apply, students need to submit required documents to be determined by Career Services. Note: Students can’t apply for funding unless they have been matched with a Winter Break Shadowing host.

Timeline Events
Monday, October 28 @ 9 a.m. Opportunities are viewable on Handshake
Wednesday, November 13 @ 11:59 p.m. Student Winter Break Shadowing application deadline
Friday, November 15 by 5 p.m. Students are notified of their Winter Break Shadowing match(es)
Wednesday, November 22 by 5 p.m. Winter Break Shadowing funding requests are due
Wednesday, November 27 by 5 p.m. Students are notified of their funding request
Thursday, December 5 at 5:30 p.m. or
Friday, December 6 at 2:00 p.m.
Orientation meeting (mandatory for participants) – Students confirm their participation in the Winter Break Shadowing program
Monday, January 6 – Friday, January 17 Winter Break Shadowing occurs

More Information:

Contact Teresa Flores Roberts, Associate Director, Career Services