Shadowing

Hiatt’s Shadowing Program is a one-day, partial-day, or lunch meeting where you will connect with a Brandeis alum or friend to learn about career-related knowledge, skills, and values

Shadowing is intended to help you:

  • Explore and "sample" career interests and determine whether they are a good fit.
  • Uncover industry-specific details and receive advice 
  • And much more...

Our generous alumni volunteer their time, knowledge and expertise to help you learn the ins-and-outs of their particular field.  Please recognize that this experience is not a paid experience, and that you should not expect a job or an internship to materialize at the end nor should you ask for an opportunity directly.

Though you may network and arrange a shadowing experience with an alum at any time.  The formal Shadowing Program is conducted for each Winter and Summer break.  Applications are generally due in October and March each year. 

Deadline for Fall 2011: Friday, November 11, 2011. 

Message to Applicants for Winter 2011

Shadowing matches are made on a rolling basis.   Hiatt is working to find you the best possible match in the geographic area of your choice.  If your application is incomplete, or unclear, you will be contacted for additional information.   Please expect to hear prior to December 12th regarding your match.  You may hear much sooner; in fact, several students have already been matched.   Please get your resume approved by November 22, 2011.

How to Participate

You must complete the following steps in order to be matched:

  1. Complete an online registration form.  We will try our best to make alumni volunteers available to you!
  2. Get your resume approved by a Hiatt Career counselor no later than 11/22/11.
  3. Attend a pre-departure workshop to learn strategies for speaking with alumni and how to best optimize your shadowing experience, during which you will sign and return Hiatt’s Integrity Contract.
  4. Review Shadowing Preparation & Research.

Timeline

After you complete the registration process, Hiatt will work to find a match for you and you will receive an email with your prospective shadowing match's information. 

Once you confirm your Shadowing participation, you will receive your match's contact information and you will send your match an introductory email (see samples).  Remember to attach your resume and mind your manners at all times.

Before

  1. Converse with your match via email or phone to arrange a convenient day for you to come in.
  2. Remind your match to pick a day where he/she has interesting meetings, and gaps in the day where he/she can talk to you. Picking a day where he/she catches up to email wouldn't be interesting.
  3. Make sure you absolutely know the location and how to get there.
  4. Research:  Your Match will expect you to know SOME facts, trends, themes that apply to his/her field.  Additionally, you should research the Match's company.  You can find more information about preparation in Shadowing Preparation & Research.
  5. Remember that you are representing Brandeis as a whole - coming unprepared could be detrimental to you and other students.  On the other hand, preparedness could lead to great opportunities for you. 

During

  1. Since you will be interacting with professionals in the field, you need to dress accordingly.  Consider what you would wear to a professional interview. 
  2. Alternatively, if your experience is hands-on work, (eg. environmental field work, teaching) consult with your match about appropriate dress.
  3. Look through Shadowing Preparation & Research for sample questions you can ask during your day.
  4. Show initiative and don't be afraid to ask for a tour of facilities, to be introduced to other colleagues, etc.
After
  1. Send a hand-written, personalized thank you note.
  2. Develop a plan for staying in touch with your match.  
  3. Consider connecting with your match on LinkedIn